Inter Milan notched up their seventh successive Serie A victory when two goals from Roberto Gagliardini helped them thump mid-table Genoa 5-0 at San Siro on Saturday.
Midfielder Joao Mario, previously out of favour this season, also played a key role as he set up three goals and scored one himself.
The win sent Inter back into second place with 25 points from 11 games, ahead of Napoli — who beat Empoli 5-1 on Friday — on goal difference. Inter are three points behind leaders Juventus, who host Cagliari later on Saturday.
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Inter took the lead when Joao Mario’s pass was swept home by Gagliardini in the 14th minute and two minutes later the Portuguese Euro 2016 winner produced a through ball for Matteo Politano to poke a left-foot shot past keeper Ionut Radu.
Genoa had given AC Milan plenty of problems when they lost 2-1 at the same stadium on Wednesday but were totally overrun by Inter who increased their lead three minutes after halftime.
Radu managed to save an Ivan Perisic shot at point-blank range but Gagliardini was on hand to turn in the rebound.
Joao Mario capped a fine display when he scored with low shot from the edge of the area in stoppage time and provided a cross for Radja Nainggolan to head the fifth with the last move of the match.
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