19-year-old Mauro Icardi starred in Sampdoria's crushing of Pescara on Sunday, scoring four of the six goals. What on earth can the Dolphins do now?
Mauro Icardi will be giving Cristiano Bergodi night terrors for the rest of his tenure at Pescara, as the Argentine lead Sampdoria to a 6-0 rout over the delfini. Pescara still haven't sunk into the relegation zone, but that's more by virtue of Genoa and Palermo being unable to produce wins than any talent on their part. This is the third time this season a side has scored five or more goals against Pescara, and if Bergodi can't find a way to tighten their defense, he might just find himself searching the want ads.
Pescara were handicapped from the start. Vladimir Weiss was suspended, having earned a second yellow in last week's loss to Torino. Juan Quintero is still away on international duty. And Bergodi, like Giovanni Stroppa before him, still insists on keeping Ante Vukusic on the bench. Is it any wonder, then, that the delfini had a measly two shots in the entire match? And the first of those was from substitute Giuseppe Rizzo?
The action didn't really kick off until after the 30 minute mark, when Christian Terlizzi fouled Daniele Gastaldello inside the area. Eder converted the resulting penalty, and Sampdoria were off and running.
They only had time to make it 2-0 before the whistle blew for the break. Icardi, who we should all remember is just 19 years old, got on the end of a ball from Pedro Obiang. His shot flew past Mattia Perin and nestled into the bottom right corner.
Poor Perin -- his night was about to get a lot worse, primarily due to the incompetent defense playing in front of him. When play resumed, Obiang found his own goal, a solo effort landing in the same place as Icardi's. Obiang's joy ws judged to be a bit too excessive, however, and he was shown the yellow card.
The Marassi then played host to the Mauro Icardi show for the next 15 minutes, with the striker scoring three goals inside a quarter of an hour. Obiang set up the first, Eder the second, and substitute Roberto Soriano the third. Icardi was then replaced by Maxi López in the 74th minute, and everything quieted down, leaving the score to stand at 6-0.
Sampdoria: Sergio Romero; Andrea Costa, Angelo Palombo, Daniele Gastaldello; Marcelo Estigarribia, Pedro Obiang, Nenad Krsticic, Andrea Poli (Gianni Munari 68), Lorenzo De Silvestri; Eder (Roberto Soriano 60), Mauro Icardi (Maxi López 74)
Pescara: Mattia Perin; Antonio Bocchetti, Christian Terlizzi, Marco Capuano, Antonio Balzano; Emmanuele Cascione, Gaetano D'Agostino, Manuele Blasi (Matti Lund Nielsen 83); Birkir Bjarnason; Milton Caraglio (Giuseppe Rizzo 63), Mervan Celik (Ante Vukusic 53)
Goals: Eder P31 (S); Icardi 42 (S), Obiang 50 (S), Icardi 56 (S), Icardi 58 (S), Icardi 71