Inter Milan nets three goals in final six minutes to avoid upset against listless Crotone
Mauro Icardi had two of Inter Milan's three late goals to beat Crotone. AP

PROBLEMS continued for managerless Inter Milan on and off the pitch, even with a win over Serie A's bottom side Crotone, 3-0, in a hostile atmosphere at San Siro on Sunday (Monday, Manila time).

The scoreline was more generous than Inter deserved, with three goals in the final six minutes. Mauro Icardi netted twice, the first a penalty, after Ivan Perisic had fired the Nerazzurri in front.

It was only Inter's fifth win this season and fans made their displeasure known with several insulting banners directed at the players as well as the club owners and directors.

The club released a statement on Sunday, saying it would announce the new coach in 48 hours. Youth coach Stefano Vecchi replaced the fired Frank de Boer on Tuesday on a temporary basis.

Meanwhile, after Icardi moved level with Edin Dzeko at the top of the scoring charts, all eyes were on the Roma forward to see if he would strike again.

Instead of Dzeko, it was Mohamed Salah who stole the headlines with his first hat trick in club football as Roma blanked Bologna, 3-0.

Roma went ahead in the 13th minute as Adam Masina attempted to clear Salah's effort but only succeeded in prodding it past his own goalkeeper.

The league credited the goal to Salah and the former Chelsea midfielder went on to score a second-half brace, taking his tally to eight for the season — one behind Ciro Immobile and two below Dzeko and Icardi.

The only other time Salah has netted three in a match was in a World Cup qualifier for Egypt against Zimbabwe in 2013.

In other matches, Empoli ended its goal drought in spectacular fashion, scoring double the number of goals it had netted all season, in a 4-0 win at fellow struggler Pescara.

Massimo Maccarone netted twice for Empoli, which hadn't found the back of the net in the last eight rounds, and also provided the assist for Manuel Pucciarelli. Riccardo Saponara added a fourth in the final minute.


Atalanta won 3-0 at Sassuolo to continue its impressive run of form and move level on points with fourth-placed Lazio after a sixth win in seven matches.

Elsewhere, Fiorentina vs. Sampdoria and Genoa vs. Udinese both ended 1-1.

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