Icardi: I needed a goal

The 22-year-old was pleased to have ended his goal drought with the winner against Bologna that put Inter back in the lead in Serie A

Inter striker Mauro Icardi was both happy and relieved for his goal that his side a 1-0 win at Bologna and moved them back to the top of Serie A.

The Argentine forward was on hand to tuck in Adem Ljajic’s cross from close range midway through the second half, sealing all three points despite Felipe Melo’s red card minutes earlier.

Last season’s Serie A top goalscorer Icardi had been criticised ahead of Tuesday’s game after a series of lacklustre displays in front of goal.

However, the Nerazzurri captain finally found the back of the net after failing to do so for the last three matches, prompting him to reveal his delight. 

“I knew I had to score because that’s the job of a striker,” Icardi told reporters after the match.

“Ljajic put it on a plate for me today and when you get assists like that it’s so much easier. There’s quality throughout the squad and we can do well.”

Inter had drawn their three previous matches but are temporarily back at the summit Serie A ahead of their weekend clash against fellow Scudetto contenders Roma – who can reclaim top spot when they take on Udinese on Wednesday.

“We had to win and we’ve done just that,” added Icardi.

“It was a tough match out there, but in the end we got the goal that gives us all three points.”

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