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Inter boss Luciano Spalletti lauded Mauro Icardi as the complete striker after his captain cast himself as the hat-trick hero in a stunning 3-2 Derby della Madonnina triumph over AC Milan.

Argentina international Icardi opened the scoring with his first goal from open play since August and another brilliantly instinctive finish restored Inter’s advantage after Suso’s equaliser for Milan, who rallied impressively during the second half.

A Samir Handanovic own goal meant a third consecutive 2-2 draw in this fixture was on the cards but Icardi stepped up in nerveless fashion to dispatch a 90th-minute penalty after Ricardo Rodriguez was adjudged to have fouled Danilo D’Ambrosio.

Inter captain Mauro Icardi showed why he will be Argentina’s No.9 when the World Cup kicks off next summer as his hat-trick led Inter to a 3-2 victory over AC Milan.

The Argentina striker sealed a pulsating clash after Ricardo Rodgriguez impeded Danilo D’Ambrosio at a corner late on and stroked home having twice given Luciano Spalletti’s side the lead with a pair of wonderfully taken goals.

Suso netted impressively for Milan’s first equaliser and Samir Handanovic’s own-goal nine minutes from time had a third consecutive 2-2 draw in this fixture on the cards before Icardi had the final word.

Inter snatched a dramatic 3-2 win over Milan thanks to a last-minute penalty from Mauro Icardi, who completed his hat-trick and condemned Milan to a third successive league defeat.

Milan twice hit back to equalise but were sent tail-spinning towards a crisis after their defender Ricardo Rodríguez hauled down Danilo D’Ambrosio at a corner and Icardi converted his ninth league goal of the season.

Luciano Spalletti’s team remain unbeaten this season and move above champions Juventus up to second in the Serie A table, setting up a battle for top place against Napoli next weekend.

Fate looks to be smiling on Milan’s blue half — and that’s not a good thing before a derby.

Inter have racked up 19 points out of a possible 21, have the best defence in the league and are going into a big game against an AC Milan team that have lost almost half their matches despite investing over €200 million in the summer window.

With coach Vincenzo Montella under pressure, the Rossoneri have even drawn criticism from former owner Silvio Berlusconi, who timed his usual rant for maximum impact just before the big game. On paper, everything is going in Inter’s favour.

Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar insists “Milan are not in crisis”, urging his teammates to be wary ahead of the derby.

The two sides meet on Sunday night in the Derby della Madonnina, with the Rossoneri having lost their last two games in a row, but the Slovakian international doesn’t expect a team in disarray.

“I’ve been thinking about Milan since I finished Slovakia’s match with Malta,” Skriniar told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I’ve been focusing on it for days now, it’s a big match for us and for the fans.

Inter winger Antonio Candreva is wary of encountering a wounded AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina at San Siro on Sunday.

Milan head into the match having spent the international break stewing on back-to-back Serie A defeats against Sampdoria and Roma.

Vincenzo Montella’s side sit seventh, seven points adrift of third-placed Inter and nine back from pacesetters Napoli.

Candreva acknowledges that Milan will be desperate to turn their fortunes around against Inter, but assured Luciano Spalletti’s men have plenty of desire to win.

“I’m happy to have done well for Italy and I’ve returned with great enthusiasm, motivated for the match with Milan,” said Candreva.

Luciano Spalletti has challenged his Inter side to go beyond their limitations in a hotly anticipated derby against AC Milan.

Inter have enjoyed a superb start under Spalletti’s stewardship and sit just two points off leaders Napoli in third having won six and drawn once in seven Serie A matches.

By contrast, Milan are seven points adrift of the Nerazzurri having lost their previous two league matches to crank up the pressure on under-fire boss Vincenzo Montella.

Spalletti is relishing his first taste of the Milan derby, but warned his players there is no hiding place in a highly charged atmosphere.

The season’s first Derby della Madonnina promises fireworks as the underwhelming Rossoneri take on Inter Milan at the San Siro on Monday morning.

Luciano Spaletti has taken Inter under his wing and up the Serie A table with a fantastic start to their campaign. Inter are sitting third and seven points clear of their bitter rivals ahead of the Derby.

It’s a must-win game for either side and these are the five talking points ahead of the biggest Derby della Madonnina match in several years.

Inter playmaker Marcelo Brozovic will miss Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina after picking up an injury during the international break with Croatia.

Except for Brozovic, Luciano Spalletti has named a full strength squad for the biggest match in Italy.

Inter Derby Squad
Goalkeepers: 1 Handanovic, 27 Padelli, 46 Berni;

Defenders: 7 Cancelo, 13 Ranocchia, 21 Santon, 25 Miranda, 29 Dalbert, 33 D’Ambrosio, 37 Skriniar, 55 Nagatomo;

Midfielders: 5 Gagliardini, 10 Joao Mario, 11 Vecino, 20 Borja Valero;

Forwards: 9 Icardi, 17 Karamoh, 23 Eder, 44 Perisic, 87 Candreva, 99 Pinamonti.

In a move that can only be seen as a way to get around UEFA’s Financial Fair Play restrictions, Inter have announced an eight-month sponsorship agreement with sports technology brand Nilox.

In a deal announced on Wednesday, Nilox will be listed as Inter’s official electric mobility partner for the duration of the 2017/18 season. The company will supply Inter’s players with its eco-friendly products, including hoverboards, scooters, skateboards and electric bikes.

In return, Nilox will benefit from a prominent presence on pitchside LED bands and on the big screens at the team’s iconic San Siro home ground, and will also feature on the club’s official website and digital channels.