Final score

26 April 2009 20:30

28' (2nd half) Zalayeta
Referee: Roberto Rosetti / Linesmen: Ghiandai, Giordano / Fourth official: Baracani
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46' Hamisk collects Montervino's cross from the right and volleys way over from a promising position.
46' Half time. Napoli 0-0 Inter.
45' One minute of injury time to play before break.
43' Figo loses his marker for dead on the left with a couple of stepovers and delivers a cross from the byline. Mannini makes a headed clearance.
41' Lavezzi overhits his pass for Hamsik as Napoli come back at Inter on the counter-attack.
40' Balotelli's free kick is headed clear. Inter remain in attack and Mario gets another cross in but Santacroce beats Stankovic to the ball.
39' Mannini trips Balotelli on the right wing. Free kick.
37' Back at the other end, Lavezzi makes a darting run and creates space for a shot but the Argentine blasts his effort way over the bar.
35' Cordoba climbs at the far post and connects with Figo's left-wing corner but Rosetti blows for a foul by the Colombian.
34' Balotelli's right-wing cross is deflected off Santacroce. Corner.
33' Napoli win another free kick. Once again, Lavezzi's curling free kick is too high.
33' Inter come forward on the break and Mario Balotelli tests Navarro with a well taken long-range shot.
32' Denis races on to a through ball but Samuel makes a perfectly timed intervention and passes coolly back to Julio Cesar.
30' Ezequiel Lavezzi's 20-yard free kick is over the five-man wall and over e crossbar.
29' Samuel handles the ball just outside our area. Free kick to Napoli.
25' Figo's cross from the corner flag is headed clear but the Nerazzurri keep the Napoli defence busy.
24' Another long-range free kick for Inter. Balotelli's cross is headed behind for a left-wing corner by Aronica.
22' Free kick to Inter about 40 metres from goal. Denis blocks Balotelli's cross. Hamsik boots to safety.
20' Lavezzi's right-wing cross is headed behind by Zanetti. Vieira is first to Hamsik's cross from the resulting corner.
19' Uruguayan midfielder Nicolas Amodio is booked for a tactical foul on Luis Figo.
17' Ibrahimovic gets on the end of Stankovic's pass and unleashes a swerving volley. It's over the bar.
15' Lavezzi overhits his pass into the box for Denis as Napoli launch a counter-attack.
15' Balotelli goes for goal with a crisp strike from 20 yards. His effort finishes on the roof of the net.
14' Lavezzi's curling free kick has too much height on it. Easy save for Julio Cesar.
13' Vieira is booked for a foul from behind on Mannini.
12' Vieira floats a ball into the box for Balotelli, who goes down under a challenge from Santacroce. Rosetti awards a free kick to Napoli.
10' Hisses and boos rings round the San Paolo as the Nerazzurri hit back at Donadoni's men. Napoli regroup well, forcing Inter to backtrack.
9' Samuel concedes a right-wing corner. Lavezzi's cross from the flag is headed clear by Zanetti.
9' Denis swivels on to a ball in the box and tries to shoot but Samuel closes down the Napoli number nine.
8' Blasi tries to mount a counter-attack but is brought to an abrupt halt by Cristian Chivu on the halfway line. Free kick to the home team for a tactical foul by the Romanian.
6' Montervino serves Lavezzi down the right but Samuel charges into his compatriot, makes the tackle and concedes an attacking throw.
4' Ibrahimovic serves Balotelli who, with his back to goal, plays into the path of Stankovic. The Serbian's volley is blocked.
3' Napoli fail to clear the resulting corner and Figo's whipped cross from the right is caught by Navarro.
2' Chivu clears with a scissor kick as Inter set up a counter-attack after a Napoli free kick awarded for a foul on Mannini.
2' Inter close through Walter Samuel, whose flicked header from Balotelli's curling free kick forces a tipped save from Navarro.
1' Welcome to the splendid Stadio San Paolo in Naples for tonight's Serie A Week 33 clash between Napoli and Inter.
1' Inter go into tonight's clash with a seven-point lead over AC Milan, who leapfrogged Juventus into second place with their 3-0 home win over Palermo earlier today. The Bianconeri were held 2-2 by Reggina at the Granillo.
1' Napoli are still chasing their first win under ex-Italy coach Roberto Donadoni, while Inter are unbeaten in 13 Serie A matches.
1' Napoli: 30 Navarro; 13 Santacroce, 96 Contini, 6 Aronica; 4 Montervino, 32 Amodio, 8 Blasi, 17 Hamisik, 77 Mannini; 7 Lavezzi, 9 Denis.<br> Subs: 70 Bucci, 2 Grava, 5 Pazienza, 15 Datolo, 18 Bogliacino, 20 Russotto, 25 Zalayeta.
1' Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 14 Vieira, 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 7 Figo, 45 Balotelli, 8 Ibrahimovic.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 6 Maxwell, 9 Cruz, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 33 Mancini, 39 Santon.
1' We have a near full house here in Naples as the players make their way back to the tunnel after the pre-match warm-up.
1' Roberto Rosetti and his assistants lead the teams out on to the pitch. We're minutes away from kick-off.
1' Away we go at the San Paolo as Inter kick off. FORZA NERAZZURRI!
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49' Full time. Napoli beat Inter 1-0 and earn their first victory under Roberto Donadoni. Inter's lead at the top of the Serie A table is cut to seven points.
48' Rosetti blows for a foul by Cruz in the Napoli area after a long throw by Mancini.
45' Zalayeta's looping header from Datolo's corner is off target.
45' Four minutes of added time to play.
44' Napoli make their final change. Bogliacino comes on for Amodio.
44' Datolo's free kick is deflected off the wall and out for a corner.
43' Free kick to Napoli just outside our box after a foul by Cordoba on Datolo.
43' Stankovic is booked by Roberto Rosetti.
41' Julio Cesar blocks Blasi's deflected 20-yard strike as Napoli come surging forward in search of a second goal.
40' Cruz goes through on goal but the flag goes up for offside.
39' Donadoni brings on Datolo for Lavezzi.
39' Balotelli is booked after an off-the-ball shove on Blasi.
38' Julio Cruz is booked for a foul on Aronica.
37' Cordoba beats Zalayeta to a through ball and concedes a corner.
37' Hamsik's cross from the corner flag is headed clear by Balotelli.
36' The San Paolo breathes a sigh of relief as Navarro catches Mario Balotelli's right-wing corner.
36' Substitution number three for Inter. Maxwell replaces Chivu.
33' Balotelli's long-range free kick is headed clear by goalscorer Zalayeta.
30' Mourinho brings on Julio Cruz for Patrick Vieira.
28' Mancini wins the ball off Blasi and gets to the edge of the box but loses control as he looks for a way past two opponents.
28' GOAL. Lavezzi takes on two and passes square to Marcelo Zalayeta who beats Julio Cesar with a first-time shot from the edge of the box. NAPOLI 1-0 INTER.
28' Zalayeta scored the winner in last season's meeting between these two teams in Naples.
25' Inter bring on Mancini for Figo.
23' Inter win a free kick after a foul by Contini on Balotelli. Ibrahimovic's thunderbolt shot is on target, forcing Navarro into a block at his right-hand post.
23' Balotelli gets on the end of Figo's cross from the resulting corner but Napoli clear.
20' Zalayeta's weak header from Hamsik's cross is easily saved by Julio Cesar.
18' Napoli make their first change. Denis is replaced by Zalayeta.
18' Mannini has a cross-shot saved by Julio Cesar as Napoli find an opening down the left.
17' Hamsik's left-wing corner is headed clear by Balotelli.
16' Back in our half, Napoli captain Montervino sees a shot deflected out for a corner.
15' Vieira has a placed shot from 20 yards saved by Navarro.
15' Ibra looks for Stankovic with a poked pass into the Napoli box but Contini intercepts.
13' Great defending by Cordoba. Blasi floats in for Denis who has his back to goal. Ivan is right on the Argentine and he makes a strong tackle.
10' Figo tries a one-two with Balotelli but the Italian hasn't read the move and Napoli regain possession.
9' Stankovic makes a headed clearance from Montervino's right-wing cross to end a well worked move by the Neapolitans.
6' Ivan Cordoba makes a hooked clearance from a left-wing cross. Moments later Hamsik gets a cross in but there's no team-mate on hand in our box.
3' Inter look for openings after a long build-up in the Napoli half but the Azzurri win the ball back and mount a counter-attack.
1' Napoli get the second half under way.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 4.95
2 shots on target 4
5 shots off target 2
18 fouls committed 25
7 corners 6
3 offsides 2
22:09 ball possession 23:51
Donadoni v Mourinho

The two coaches meet in a competitive fixture for the first time.

Donadoni v Inter

Roberto Donadoni has never won against Inter in his coaching career, with two defeats from as many games.

2004/05 Serie A Livorno-Inter ---- 0-1
2005/06 Serie A Livorno-Inter ---- 0-5

Mourinho v Napoli

Inter's home win over the Azzurri in the first half of the season is the only previous meeting between Mourinho and Napoli.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Napoli 2-1 ----

Donadoni worse than Reja

Roberto Donadoni has a worse record than his predecessor Reja with 4 draws and a defeat from 5 matches (a points per match average of 0.8). Reja, with 10 victories, 5 draws and 12 defeats in 27 games, had a points per match average of 1.3.

No Napoli win in 14 games

The Azzurri are without a Serie A win since their 1-0 home victory over Catania on 11 January 2009. Since that date, Napoli have drawn 6 and lost 8 in the league. Including their 0-0 Coppa Italia draw with Juventus, Napoli have gone 15 matches without winning.

Pià set for 200th match in Italian football

If he plays against Inter in Week 33, Napoli's Joao Batista Inacio Pià will complete a double century of matches in Italian football. The Brazilian, who has played for Atalanta, Ascoli, Napoli, Treviso and Catania in Italy, made his debut in Atalanta 3-0 Pistoiese in the Coppa Italia on 15 September 1999. Pià has played 51 times in Serie A, 73 in Serie B, 41 in Serie C1, 22 in Coppa Italia, 5 in European competitions and 7 in other tournaments.

Napoli, Inter's contrasting scoring form

Napoli, along with Reggina, are one of the two teams in the 2008/09 Serie A to have scored with the fewest number of players. Eight players from both teams have hit the target this season. Napoli's scorers are Denis, Hamsik, Lavezzi, Maggio, Mannini, Pazienza, Vitale and Zalayeta. In contrast, Inter are one of three teams with 16 different scorers, the other two being Juventus and Roma. Inter's top-flight scorers this season are Adriano, Balotelli, Burdisso, Cambiasso, Cordoba, Crespo, Cruz, Figo, Ibrahimovic, Maicon, Maxwell, Muntari, Obinna, Samuel, Stankovic, Vieira. The above statistic excludes Quaresma, who is currently on loan at Chelsea.

Inter on target in 23 consecutive league fixtures, unbeaten in 13

The Nerazzurri have scored in each of their last 23 Serie A matches, scoring a total of 45 goals. Their last top-flight fixture without scoring was last October's 0-0 draw with Fiorentina in Florence. Inter's last defeat in the Italian top flight was their 3-1 loss at Atalanta on 18 January 2009. They have played 13 games since that date, winning 9 and drawing 4.

Super Ibra

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the most decisive player after 32 rounds of 2008/09 Serie A matches. His goals have earned Inter 24 of their 74 points. With 20 Serie A goals so far this season, the Swede has bettered his previous record of 19 goals in one league season: 19 in 2004/05 (3 for Ajax and 16 for Juventus. Ibrahimovic's previous personal best in one league season was 17 goals with Inter in 2007/08. With 10 goals to his name since the turn of the new year, Zlatan is Serie A's leading scorer in 2009.

wins(19) draws(22) defeats(38)

NAPLES - History repeated itself at the Stadio San Paolo as Marcelo Zalayeta came off the bench to give Napoli a 1-0 victory over Inter.

The Uruguayan, who netted the winner in the same fixture last season, scored ten minutes after replacing Denis to send the Nerazzurri to their third defeat of the Serie A season and cut their lead at the top to seven points.

José Mourinho made one change to the team that drew with Juventus last weekend, with Vieira coming in for the injured Muntari in his three-man midfield.

Napoli boss Roberto Donadoni, still chasing his first win in charge of the club, brought in Aronica for the disqualified Cannavaro at the back and Denis for Zalayeta up front as he made a series of switches to the team that lost to Cagliari in the previous round. 

Inter had the better chances of an evenly-balanced first half, with Samuel forcing a tipped save from Navarro with a flicked header from Balotelli's left-wing free kick in the second minute.

Balotelli went close in the 15th, his crisp long-range strike finishing on the roof of the net, and Ibrahimovic narrowly missed what would have been a candidate for goal of the season with a brilliant swerving volley from Stankovic's pass.

A couple of Lavezzi free kicks later, Balotelli tested Navarro with effort from distance, and with half time looming Hamsik collected a Montervino cross from the right and blasted wide when scoring would have been easier. 

Both teams made a cautious start to the second half, the first clear chance falling to Vieira in the 60th minute when his 20-yard shot was saved by Navarro.

Mannini had a cross-shot saved by Julio Cesar as Napoli found space down the left in a spate of end-to-end football, before Ibrahimovic went close with a fiercely struck free kick. 

Napoli broke the deadlock with 17 minutes remaining when Lavezzi sidestepped two opponents and played square to Zalayeta who took Julio Cesar by surprise with his first-time shot.

The Inter keeper redeemed himself with a reflex save from Blasi's deflected shot as Napoli created chances to increase their lead in the final minutes.

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

Scorer: Zalayeta 73.

Napoli: 30 Navarro; 13 Santacroce, 96 Contini, 6 Aronica; 4 Montervino, 32 Amodio (18 Bogliacino 89), 8 Blasi, 17 Hamisik, 77 Mannini; 7 Lavezzi (15 Datolo 84), 9 Denis (25 Zalayeta 63).
Subs not used: 70 Bucci, 2 Grava, 5 Pazienza, 20 Russotto.
Coach: Roberto Donadoni.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 4 Zanetti, 2 Cordoba, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu (6 Maxwell 81); 14 Vieira (9 Cruz 75), 19 Cambiasso, 5 Stankovic; 7 Figo (33 Mancini 70), 45 Balotelli, 8 Ibrahimovic.
Subs not used: 1 Toldo, 16 Burdisso, 23 Materazzi, 39 Santon.
Coach: José Mourinho.

Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Turin).

Booked: Vieira 13, Amodio 19, Cruz 83, Balotelli 84, Stankovic 88.

starting lineups

Navarro 12 Julio Cesar
Santacroce 4 Zanetti
Contini 2 Cordoba
Aronica 25 Samuel
Montervino 26 Chivu
Amodio 14 Vieira
Blasi 19 Cambiasso
Hamsik 5 Stankovic
Mannini 7 Figo
Lavezzi 45 Balotelli
Denis 8 Ibrahimovic


Bucci 1 Toldo
Grava 23 Materazzi
Pazienza 16 Burdisso
Datolo 39 Santon
Bogliacino 33 Mancini
Russotto 9 Cruz
Zalayeta 6 Maxwell