Final score

30 November 2008 15:00

25' Muntari
16' Cordoba
36' Lavezzi
Referee: Roberto Rosetti / Linesmen: Niccolai, Papi / Fourth official: Gervasoni
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45' Half time. Inter lead Napoli by two goals to one.
44' Julio Cesar saves Lavezzi's header from Mannini's left-wing cross.
43' Esteban Cambiasso's curling free kick goes wide.
38' Cambiasso's shot from a loose ball cannons off an opponent and finishes behind for a corner.
36' Aronica makes a headed clearance from Ibrahimovic's left-wing cross.
36' Napoli pull a goal back through Ezequiel Lavezzi. The Argentine lifts over Julio Cesar after a one-two with Zalayeta. INTER 2-1 NAPOLI.
31' Zalayeta slips in the area after dancing past three opponents.
31' Inter hit back and Dejan Stankovic blazes over the bar from Cruz' pass.
25' GOAAAAALLLL!!!!!! With a deft touch of the ball Sulley Muntari backheels into the back of the net after Maicon's assist from Cruz' splendid backheeled pass. What a move! INTER 2-0 NAPOLI.
25' That was Sulley's second goal in as many Serie A games.
24' Gargano curls his free kick over the wall but it's an easy save for Julio Cesar.
23' Napoli win a free kick in a promising position after a foul on Lavezzi by Cordoba.
22' At the near post Iezzo saves Muntari's fast left-wing cross.
19' Ibra is intercepted in the box after some brilliant approach play by the Nerazzurri.
16' GOOAAALLL!!! Maicon plays his corner to Muntari who crosses to Ivan Ramiro Cordoba and the Colombian hooks beyond Iezzo and into the far corner!!! INTER 1-0 NAPOLI.
15' Zanetti has a shot deflected over for a corner after Rinaudo makes a clearaance on the line from Cambiasso's free kick.
8' Stankovic wins us a corner after his cross comes off Aronica. Nothing comes of Cambiasso's cross from the flag.
4' Iezzo catches Maicon's left-wing corner.
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for Inter v Napoli.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari; 5 Stankovic; 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz.
1' Napoli: 1 Iezzo; 83 Rinaudo, 28 Cannavaro, 6 Aronica; 11 Maggio, 5 Pazienza, 23 Gargano, 17 Hamsik, 77 Mannini; 25 Zalayeta, 7 Lavezzi.
1' Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!!!
1' Mannini shoots wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
Minute Text commentary
48' Ibrahimovic's fiercely struck free kick is wide of the target.
48' Full time. Inter beat Napoli 2-1 and move six points clear at the top of the table ahead of tonight's game between Palermo and AC Milan.
45' Three minutes of added time to play.
45' Luis Jimenez makes his return to competitive football. Off comes Sulley Muntari.
42' Zanetti goes through on goal and shoots, forcing Iezzo to come off his line and block.
39' Mourinho makes his second change. It's Nicolas Burdisso for Dejan Stankovic.
39' And Napoli replace Michele Pazienza with Mariano Bogliacino.
37' Cambiasso blocks a Gargano shot as Napoli keep up their search for an equaliser.
35' Stankovic fires high and wide from 25 yards.
35' Lavezzi gets booked for going down under a challenge from Maxwell in the area.
34' Eddy Reja makes his second switch, bringing on Gustavo German Denis for Giacomo Maggio.
33' Samuel beats Mannini to a Paolo Cannavaro cross.
27' Adriano comes on for Julio Cruz.
26' Maicon tears down the wing and lays the ball off to Cruz. El Jardinero tries a one-two with the Brazilian but Aronica intercepts.
23' Stankovic's left-wing free kick is headed clear by Rinaudo.
21' Napoli bring on Manuele Blasi for Marek Hamsik.
18' Rinaudo is yellow-carded for foul play.
15' Inter attack back and Ibra forces a save from Iezzo with a blistering shot.
14' Zalayeta's 25-yard shot takes a deflection off Cordoba. Corner.
14' Mannini shoots wide from distance.
13' Stankovic hooks over the bar after Cruz' headed pass from Ibra's floated cross.
10' Mannini intercepts Muntari's cross for Ibrahimovic and boots to safety.
7' Maggio has a free run on goal. The Napoli midfielder is stopped by Samuel just outside the area before he can shoot.
5' Aronica and Zanetti are booked by Roberto Rosetti.
4' Zanetti fires wide after being Pazienza to Ibrahimovic's deflected cross.
3' Ibrahimovic makes a headed clearance from Gargano's outswinging right-wing free kick.
2' Zalayeta's shot on the turn is blocked by Samuel.
1' Napoli get the second half under way.
1' Samuel blocks Lavezzi's shot, conceding a corner as Napoli make an attacking start to the half.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.97
4 shots on target 2
5 shots off target 3
13 fouls committed 19
7 corners 3
1 offsides 1
28:13 ball possession 26:43
Mourinho v Napoli / Reja

José Mourinho faces Napoli and Edoardo Reja for the first time in his career.

Reja v Inter

Edoardo Reja faces Inter for the sixth time after a win, 3 draws and a defeat.

1998/99 Serie A Vicenza-Inter ---- 1-1
2000/01 Serie A Vicenza-Inter 0-0 1-1
2007/08 Serie A Napoli-Inter 1-0 1-2

Disciplinary info

Cautioned: Maicon, Quaresma.
Disqualified: -

Cautioned: Cannavaro, Vitale.
Disqualified: -

Inter: one defeat in 15 league games

Inter have lost just one of their last 15 Serie A matches (the 1-0 derby defeat to AC Milan on 28 September). The Nerazzurri have won 10 and drawn 4 of the other 14 games.

Just one Inter defeat in last 28 league matches at home

Inter have lost just one of their last 28 Serie A fixtures at home (the 1-2 defeat against Juventus on 22 March), winning 23 and drawing 4 of the other 27 games.

Nine different players on target in 2008/09

Nine different Inter players have scored Serie A goals this term - that's more than any other team. In alphabetical order, they are Adriano, Cordoba, Cruz, Ibrahimovic, Maicon, Muntari, Obinna, Stankovic and Vieira.

Stankovic set for milestone appearance

If he plays against Napoli, Dejan Stankovic will complete a fourth century of appearances for Italian clubs. The Serbian midfielder, who has played for Lazio and Inter in Italy, has played 270 times in Serie A, 41 in Coppa Italia, 81 in European cups and 7 in other tournaments. Stankovic made his 'Italian' debut in Lazio's 2-1 Super Cup victory over Juventus on 9 August 1998.

Inter three away from 200th goal against Napoli

Inter have scored 197 in games against Napoli since the Serie A championship became a one-division affair in 1929/30. Antonio Blasevich was the first Nerazzurri scorer against Napoli, scoring twice in a 2-1 home victory on 5 January 1930.

Cannavaro set to complete century of appearances for Napoli

If he plays against Napoli in Week 14, Paolo Cannavaro will complete a century of appearances for the Azzurri. The 27-year-old defender, who made his debut for the club in a 1-0 Serie B defeat at Verona on 6 June 1999, has represented Napoli 43 times in Serie A, 4 in Serie A, 9 in Coppa Italia and 6 in European competitions.

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

MILAN - Ivan Ramiro Cordoba and Sulley Muntari got the goals as Inter put the midweek defeat to Panathinaikos behind them with a 2-1 win over Napoli.

Ezequiel Lavezzi pulled one back for the Azzurri but Inter held on for a win that sees the defending champions move six points clear at the top of the table ahead of tonight's match between Palermo and second-place AC Milan.

Mourinho made three changes to the team that lost to Panathinaikos, bringing in Samuel, Stankovic and Cruz for Materazzi, Figo and Adriano.

Inter made a roaring start and were in front in the 16th minute when Cordoba hooked into the far corner after Maicon played his corner short to Muntari.

The Ghana midfielder made it two-nothing with his second in as many league games on 25 minutes finishing off a swift move with a classy backheeled finish from Maicon's cross-shot after the Brazilian was beautifully played in by Julio Cruz.

Argentina international Lavezzi reduced the gap eleven minutes later, bursting past Samuel on the right wing and one-twoing with Zalayeta before lifting over Julio Cesar.

Napoli fought hard for an equaliser after the interval but the best chances of a second-half goal were black and blue, with Ibrahimovic having a blistering shot blocked by Iezzo who later denied a goal-bound Zanetti.

Chilean midfielder Luis Jimenez replaced Muntari in the closing minutes to mark his return to action after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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

Scorers: Cordoba 16, Muntari 25, Lavezzi 36.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 6 Maxwell; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Muntari (11 Jimenez 90); 5 Stankovic (16 Burdisso 84); 8 Ibrahimovic, 9 Cruz (10 Adriano 72).
Subs not used: 22 Orlandoni, 7 Figo, 18 Crespo, 33 Mancini.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Napoli: 1 Iezzo; 83 Rinaudo, 28 Cannavaro, 6 Aronica; 11 Maggio (9 Denis 79), 5 Pazienza (18 Bogliacino 84), 23 Gargano, 17 Hamsik (8 Blasi 66), 77 Mannini; 25 Zalayeta, 7 Lavezzi.
Subs not used: 30 Navarro, 3 Vitale, 4 Montervino, 13 Santacroce.
Coach: Edoardo Reja.

Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Turin).

Booked: Aronica 50, Zanetti 50, Rinaudo 63, Lavezzi 80.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 12 Iezzo
Maicon 13 Rinaudo
Cordoba 2 Cannavaro
Samuel 25 Aronica
Maxwell 6 Maggio
Zanetti 4 Pazienza
Cambiasso 19 Gargano
Muntari 20 Hamsik
Stankovic 5 Mannini
Ibrahimovic 8 Zalayeta
Cruz 9 Lavezzi


Orlandoni 22 Navarro
Figo 7 Vitale
Adriano 10 Montervino
Jimenez 11 Blasi
Burdisso 16 Denis
Crespo 18 Santacroce
Mancini 33 Bogliacino