March 31, 2018 / 2:14 PM / in a year

Soccer: Lazio hit six, Icardi grabs brace in Serie A

Soccer Football - Serie A - Bologna vs AS Roma - Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna, Italy - March 31, 2018 Bologna's Ibrahima Mbaye in action with Roma's Edin Dzeko REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

MILAN (Reuters) - Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi scored twice in a 3-0 win over Verona on Saturday while Lazio blasted five goals in the last half-hour to thrash 10-man Benevento 6-2 and Champions League quarter-finalists AS Roma drew 1-1 at Bologna.

Relegation-threatened SPAL hit back to draw 1-1 at Genoa with 10 men after being on the wrong end of a contentious penalty and sending-off decision made with the use of the video assistant referee (VAR).

Icardi, left out of the Argentina squad for this month’s friendlies — which included a 6-1 defeat in Spain — took his tally to 24 while Perisic was also on target for fourth-placed Inter.

Table-propping Benevento had goalkeeper Christian Puggioni sent off after nine minutes at Lazio for handling outside the area and fell behind to a Ciro Immobile goal.

Astonishingly, the visitors hit back to lead 2-1 with goals by Danilo Cataldi and Guilherme but Lazio ran riot in the last half-hour, their goals including a second for Immobile, who took his tally to 26.

Edin Dzeko came off the bench to equalise for third-placed Roma, who visit Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday, after Erick Pulgar had given Bologna a first-half lead.

Gianluca Lapadula missed an early penalty for Genoa against SPAL but was given a second chance after Francesco Vicari was controversially judged to have fouled him.

Vicari appeared to make no contact, but after a four-minute VAR consultation, the referee pointed to the spot and sent off the SPAL player. Lapadula converted but SPAL hit back with a Manuel Lazzarri goal on the hour.

Udinese slumped to their sixth successive Serie A defeat when they lost 2-0 at Atalanta, Fiorentina beat Crotone 2-0 and Torino won 4-0 at Cagliari, with all their goals coming in the last half-hour.

Writing by Brian Homewood; editing by Ken Ferris, Neville Dalton

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