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Mauro Icardi Hat-Trick Lifts Inter Milan Past AC Milan in Derby Clash

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2017

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 15:  Mauro Emanuel Icardi of FC Internazionale Milano (C) celebrates his third goal with his team-mates during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 15, 2017 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
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Mauro Icardi stole the show during Inter's 3-2 win over rivals Milan in the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday, bagging a hat-trick for the Nerazzurri.

As shared by OptaPaolo, he became the first player in over five years to accomplish the feat:

OptaPaolo @OptaPaolo

3 - Mauro Icardi is the first player to score a hat-trick in a Serie A Derby della Madonnina since Milito in May 2012. Tris. #InterMilan

What made the captain's feat even more impressive was his lack of form entering the derby, via Football Italia: 

footballitalia @footballitalia

That was Mauro Icardi's first goal from open play since August. Liveblog https://t.co/PZF2Q7L9yA #InterMilan #SerieA #FCIM #DerbyMilano

Those numbers took a serious boost with this hat-trick:

B/R Football @brfootball

Mauro Icardi joins some Inter Milan legends 🙌 https://t.co/wsBZ1KZNvY

It took the Argentina international 28 minutes to open the scoring, the only goal in an otherwise busy first half. As expected, the Milan derby was a furious affair, with plenty of flying tackles and cards.

Icardi's opener was a simple tap-in after a cross from Antonio Candreva and set the tone for a remarkable second half. Suso equalised after 56 minutes, curling a beauty from the edge of the box past Samir Handanovic.

ItalianFootballTV loved what they saw:

ItalianFootballTV @IFTVofficial

GOOOAAAAALLLL SUSO LEVELS IT!! MILAN ARE BACK IN IT!! WHAT A START TO THE HALF!! https://t.co/wj1rRpSget

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Matias Vecino and Giacomo Bonaventura both went close before Icardi struck again, this time with an acrobatic volley that was a lot harder to put away than it looked.

The fast pace continued, and Bonaventura pounced on an error from Handanovic, tying things up with nine minutes to play. Fans could sense they were in for a spectacular finale, and that's exactly what they got as Ricardo Rodriguez gave away a penalty.

The full-back had his arms around his man, but Milan fans were still furious with the decision, believing it was soft. Icardi didn't let the Rossoneri distract him, however, scoring the spot kick to send Inter into second place in Serie A, just two points behind Napoli

Milan are 10th, already seven points behind defending champions Juventus

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