Final score

6 October 2007 20:30

36' Cruz
20' Cruz
39' (2nd half) Sosa
Referee: Roberto Rosetti / Linesmen: Lanciano, Ayroldi S. / Fourth official: Orsato
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45' Half time. Inter lead Napoli by two goals to nil.
42' Another chance for the Nerazzurri. Cesar serves Ibrahimovic with a delightful ball into the Napoli box. The Swedish striker is brilliantly denied by Iezzo who makes a point-blank save. Nothing comes of the resulting corner.
40' Cannavaro booked for fouling Chivu.
39' Cruz wastes a wonderful chance to score his and Inter's third, firing wide after meeting Stankovic's through ball.
38' Hamsik shaves the crossbar from close range after shoving Samuel off the ball.
37' Stankovic booked for fouling Lavezzi in midfield.
36' GOOOOAAALLLL!!!! Julio Cruz does it again! The Argentine striker beats the offside trap, chests Stankovic's pass into the Napoli area, picks his spot and fires left-footed past Iezzo. Inter 2-0 Napoli.
34' Ibra is flagged offside as he runs on to Cambiasso's long-range pass.
31' Stankovic floats a ball into the area for Ibrahimovic. Contini intercepts and heads back to his keeper.
29' Lavezzi steers clear of Cambiasso and Chivu on the right edge of the Inter area and gets in a cross-shot. Julio Cesar blocks at the near post.
28' Julio Cesar saves Hamsik's long-range free kick.
25' El Jardinero tests Iezzo with a fast grasscutter after Ibrahimovic's superb backheeled through ball.
23' Domizzi makes a headed clearance to deny Ibrahimovic a certain second for Inter. The ball then falls to Figo whose right-wing cross is poked wide of the near post by Ibra.
22' Julio Cesar saves Hamsik's effort from the edge of the box as Napoli try to muster a reaction.
20' GOOOOOOAAALLLLLLL!!!!!! Zlatan Ibrahimovic cuts out four Napoli players during a run across the face of the box and plays through to Julio Cruz who sidefoots past Iezzo. Inter 1-0 Napoli.
19' Samuel's back-post header from Figo's right-wing cross is blocked by Napoli captain Grava.
19' Figo threads through to Ibrahimovic who has just Iezzo to beat but the flag goes up for offside.
18' Walter Samuel booked for fouling his compatriot Ezequiel Lavezzi on the halfway line.
16' Free kick to Inter on the left, awarded for a foul by Hamsik on Chivu.
16' Chivu looks for Ibra with a high cross to the back post. Domizzi gets there first and heads to safety.
15' Paolo Cannavaro heads clear Zanetti's right-wing cross.
14' Cristian Chivu dispossesses Zalayeta in the area to end a Napoli counter attack.
11' Cesar swings in a cross from the left but there's no team-mate on hand. Azzurri keeper Iezzo gathers.
9' Free kick to Napoli. Bogliacino's effort is over the wall and into the hands of Julio Cesar.
8' Back at the other end Ibra gets to the by-line and crosses. Napoli clear.
7' Hamsik's shot from Lavezzi's through ball is blocked by Samuel.
7' Julio Cesar saves Zalayeta's weak shot from 25 yards.
5' Contini blocks a Cesar left-wing cross.
3' Ibrahimovic fires over the bar after some good approach play by Cruz and Cambiasso.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, where the teams are out warming up ahead of tonight's 20:30 kick-off.
1' Inter (4-4-2): 12 Julio Cesar, 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 7 Figo, 5 Stankovic, 19 Cambiasso, 31 Cesar; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
1' Napoli (3-5-2): 1 Iezzo; 96 Contini, 28 Cannavaro, 21 Domizzi; 2 Grava, 17 Hamsik, 23 Gargano, 18 Bogliacino, 19 Savini; 25 Zalayeta, 7 Lavezzi.
1' Napoli kick off. FORZA INTER!!!!
Minute Text commentary
49' In the final minute of added time Ibrahimovic delights the crowd, outwitting three players with some fancy footwork on the by-line.
49' Full time. Inter beat Napoli 2-1.
46' Contini booked for an awful foul on Suazo.
45' 3 minutes of additional time.
44' Garics chops down Suazo from behind and is promptly shown a yellow card.
42' Inter hit Napoli on the break. Suazo storms down the middle and then plays wide to Cesar to passes short to Ibrahimovic. Ibra overhits his return pass to the Honduran and Iezzo collects.
42' Burdisso booked for foul play.
41' Napoli bring on Calaiò for Hamsik.
39' Just when it looked like Inter were going to score a third, Napoli score. Sosa heads Hamsik's left-wing cross past Julio Cesar. Inter 2-1 Napoli.
38' Burdisso's header from Figo's corner is inches wide of the far post.
37' Garics heads behind a cross by Figo who was beautifully played in on the right wing by Ibrahimovic.
35' Great chance for the Panther. Figo dances past Domizzi after receiving in the box from Ibrahimovic, and serves Suazo who fires wide from close range.
34' It's Suazo time. Off comes Julio Cruz to a standing ovation.
34' Napoli also make a switch. Sosa replaces Zalayeta.
33' Cannavaro intercepts Ibra's intelligent through ball for Maxwell.
33' At the other end Cordoba boots clear after Bogliacino wastes a good chance for the Neapolitans.
32' Savini hooks over the bar from inside the Inter area.
29' Iezzo is quick off his line to beat Cruz to Figo's cross.
26' Great cross in from the right by Zanetti. Cruz fails to connect, Garics heads behind for a corner. Figo's cross from the left-wing corner flag is saved by Iezzo.
22' Maurizio Domizzi's long-range free kick is just wide.
20' Cordoba fouls Zalayeta in a central position 40 yards out. Free kick to the visitors.
18' On his right foot, Ibrahimovic fires wide from 20 yards after a darting run on goal.
16' Inter substitution. Stankovic off, Burdisso on.
16' Iezzo gathers Figo's long-range cross from the left flank.
12' Savini floats a cross into the Inter area. Julio Cesar clears with his fists.
11' Napoli make their first change. Garics replaces captain Grava.
9' Lavezzi serves Bogliacino who tests Julio Cesar with a first-time effort from inside the area.
8' Maxwell interecepts a Zalayeta pass, conceding a corner in the process. Ibrahimovic climbs highest to head clear the right-wing cross.
3' Samuel heads over Figo's right-wing outswinging free kick.
2' Bogliacino yellow-carded for fouling Figo on the right wing.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
1' Mancini has brought on Maxwell for Cristian Chivu.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 7.19
4 shots on target 3
7 shots off target 4
16 fouls committed 19
3 corners 2
5 offsides 1
29:46 ball possession 27:48
Mancini v Reja

The two coaches have met on one previous occasion:

2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Vicenza ---- 1-1

Mancini v Napoli

In his only previous competitive meeting with Napoli since becoming a coach, Mancini's Fiorentina lost 2-1 at home in the 2000/01 Serie A season. The Azzurri's victory wasn't enough to stop them from suffering relegation.


2000/01 Serie A Fiorentina-Napoli 1-2 ----

Reja v Inter

Both of Edoardo Reja's two previous encounters with Inter have finished in draws.


1998/99 Serie A Vicenza-Inter ---- 1-1 2000/01 Serie A Vicenza-Inter 0-0 1-1

Seven Inter players on target so far

Seven different Inter players have scored league goals in the 2007/08 Serie A season so far. They are Cesar, Cordoba, Crespo, Cruz, Figo, Ibrahimovic and Stankovic. Fiorentina, Juventus, Roma and Palermo are the other four teams with seven different players on target in the first six rounds of matches.

Inter: 41-match scoring run at home

The Nerazzurri have scored in 41 consecutive home Serie A matches, netting a total of 95 goals. Inter last failed to score in the league on 29 May 2005 when they were held by Reggina on the last day of the 2004/05 season.

Ibrahimovic one of two most decisive players in 2007/08

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Atalanta's Riccardo Zampagna are the 2007/08 Serie A championship's two most decisive players after six rounds of matches. The Swedish forward's goals have earned Inter 7 of their 14 points while Zampagna's efforts have won the Bergamo side 7 of their 9 points.

Cambiasso, Stankovic & October goals

Inter midfielders Esteban Cambiasso and Dejan Stankovic count October as their most prolific time of the year. The Argentine has scored 3 of his 10 Serie A goals in the tenth calendar month while 7 of the Serbian's 38 league goals have come in October.

Inter: 8 yellows in 6 games

Inter are the most disciplined team of the Serie A season so far, with just 8 yellow cards in 6 matches.

Napoli: 300 competitive away minutes without conceding

Napoli are the only team contesting the 2007/08 Serie A championship yet to concede a goal away from home. The last time the Neapolitans let in a goal on the road was in their 3-1 Serie B win at Verona on 26 May 2007 (Pulzetti scored in the 60th minute). The Azzurri have kept clean sheets in their three away matches since that victory (Genoa 0-0 Napoli in Serie B, Udinese 0-5 Napoli in Serie A, and Empoli 0-0 Napoli in Serie A).

Crespo & goals against Gianello

Hernan Crespo scored three against current Napoli goalkeeper Gianello in a two-legged Coppa Italia tie in 2001/02. The Argentine striker netted twice for Lazio against Siena at the Stadio Olimpico and once in the away leg against the Tuscans.

wins(54) draws(17) defeats(9)

MILAN - Julio Cruz scored his second and third goals of the season as Inter strolled to victory over Napoli at the Giuseppe Meazza.

The Argentine striker, on target against Roma at the Olimpico last weekend, converted assists from Ibrahimovic and Stankovic in a one-sided match against the Azzurri.

Napoli struck a late reply through substitute Sosa who headed in Hamsik's cross.

Three more points then for league leaders Inter, who move four clear of Juventus ahead of Sunday's games.

Cruz sidefooted past Iezzo for his opening goal on 20 minutes after a run across the face of the box by Zlatan Ibrahimovic who cut out four opponents before serving his team-mate.

Inter asserted their domination and El Jardinero added his second in the 36th minute, firing home a left-footed shot after chesting down Stankovic's long-range pass to beat the offside trap.

Mancini's team could have been four-nil up before the half was out but Cruz shot wide from Stankovic's assist and Ibrahimovic was denied at point-blank range by Iezzo after latching on to Cesar's through ball.

Napoli added a more attacking dimension to their game in the second half but lacked the kind of firepower they showed in their 5-0 thrashing of Udinese earlier in the season.

Bogliacino tested Julio Cesar with a first-time effort from inside the area, but it was Inter who created the clearer chances, Ibrahimovic crashing wide and Suazo missing from close range.

Napoli pulled a goal back six minutes from time when Argentine forward Sosa rose to head Hamsik's cross beyond Julio Cesar.

Inter 2-1 Napoli (HT: 2-0)

Scorers: Cruz 20, 36, Sosa 84.

Inter (4-4-2): 12 Julio Cesar, 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu (6 Maxwell 46); 7 Figo, 5 Stankovic (16 Burdisso 61), 19 Cambiasso, 31 Cesar; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz (29 Suazo 79).
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 10 Adriano, 18 Crespo, 30 Pelé.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Napoli (3-5-2): 1 Iezzo; 96 Contini, 28 Cannavaro, 21 Domizzi; 2 Grava (14 Garics 56), 17 Hamsik (11 Calaiò 86), 23 Gargano, 18 Bogliacino, 19 Savini; 25 Zalayeta (9 Sosa 79), 7 Lavezzi.
Subs not used: 22 Gianello, 4 Montervino, 16 Cupi, 20 De Zerbi.
Coach: Edoardo Reja.

Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Turin).

Booked: Samuel 18, Stankovic 37, Cannavaro 40, Bogliacino 47, Burdisso 87, Garics 89, Contini 90+1.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Iezzo
Zanetti 4 Cupi
Cordoba 2 Cannavaro
Samuel 25 Domizzi
Chivu 26 Orava
Figo 7 Hamsik
Cambiasso 19 Gargano
Stankovic 5 Bogliacino
Cesar 31 Savini
Ibrahimovic 8 Zalayeta
Cruz 9 Lavezzi


Toldo 1 Gianello
Maxwell 6 Rullo
Adriano 10 Montervino
Burdisso 16 Sosa
Crespo 18 Calaiò
Suazo 29 Garics
Pelé 30 De Zerbi