first_imgThe Argentine hobbled off just after the hour on Saturday The Argentine hobbled off just after the hour on Saturday with a knock that is expected to sideline him for next weeks trip to Sassuolo, a match keeper Samir Handanovic and winger Ivan Perisic will miss through suspensions after picking up late bookings for time-wasting.Inter coach Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, admitted their absence from Europes top table next season weighs heavily.”Its weighing on everyone the fact we wont be playing in it,” said Mancini, who won seven trophies including three consecutive league titles in his previous spell at the club in 2004-2008.In 2010 Inter clinched the treble, and Mancini added: “As a club, the Champions League is a competition Inter should always be involved in.”Inter had the perfect start, Icardi firing first-time into the roof of the net on 12 minutes from Perisics smart pull-back.Empoli reduced the arrears eight minutes before the interval thanks to Manuel Pucciarelli, but just three minutes later Perisic tapped home the rebound after keeper Alberto Pelagotti spilled Stevan Jovetics shot.In the end Inter were thankful for the points after Pucciarelli was ruled offside after drilling into the roof of the net and Andrea Costa saw a bouncing volley go just wide of Handanovics post.”We should have taken a lot more from this game, but well keep on plugging away playing and enjoying ourselves playing the football we play,” said Empoli coach Marco Giampaolo.Today champions Juventus are away to relegated Verona in what will be home striker Luca Tonis final fixture after 22 years as a professional. Roma win at home to Chievo in todays early game would send Luciano Spallettis men up to provisional second place with a one-point lead on fellow Champions League qualification rivals Napoli, who travel to Torino later in the day. AFP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img

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