Perisic’s cross was short (perhaps the teammate he had originally intended to serve was Jovetic) and it was directed not even one metre from Ajeti, who only needed to take a small step before jumping. Icardi came from behind and leapt into the air, striking the ball at the highest point of its trajectory, bending his body like the string on a bow. The header that extended the ball’s travel to the far post, giving it an arc that ruled out any chance the opposing goalkeeper may have had, demonstrates exceptional technique and unique awareness.
Compared with other Serie A centre forwards, Icardi is the one who takes the least shots on goal (1.99 shots per match, whereas the monstrous Higuain shoots 5.7 times per match) but he is also the one who needs the least number of shots to score (3.42, whereas Bacca shoots more or less as many as he does but he needs almost a full shot more to convert: 4.2).
Mauro Icardi is the sublimation of the traditional centre forward. His sense of space and his timing, combined with an uncommon technique compensate for his lack of support in collective game play and make him perfect for a team like Inter that is not very fluid in the offensive phase.