Final score

14 February 2010 20:45

Referee: Roberto Rosetti / Linesmen: Calcagno, Ayroldi / Fourth official: Brighi
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47' Tit-for-tat. Zuniga is booked for a foul on Muntari.
47' Half time at the San Paolo. Napoli 0-0 Inter.
46' Quagliarella gains a yard on Maicon on the edge of the area and rifles wide of the far post.
45' Gargano serves Denis with a spectacular lofted pass. Denis serves Hamsik whose shot is deflected off Santon for a corner.
45' Campagnaro pounces on the loose clearance from the corner and blasts his effort over the bar.
45' Two minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half in Naples.
42' Pazienza makes a headed clearance from Sneijder's long-range free kick. Maicon's follow-up is wide.
41' Santon goes on a mazy run and wins us a free kick in an interesting position after being tripped.
37' The Azzurri come straight back at the Nerazzurri and Quagliarella fires a strong shot wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post from 25 yards.
36' Pandev launches a counter after a mistake by Campagnaro. He gets the ball to Sneidjer who plays first-time to Milito, but the Napoli defence intercepts.
35' Lucio makes a headed clearance from Gargano's long-range free kick.
34' Samuel brilliantly dispossesses Denis in the area to deny Napoli a good chance on goal.
33' Hamsik makes a darting run towards our area and unleashes a softish shot that poses few problems for Julio Cesar.
30' Diego Milito wins us our first corner of the game. Sneijder whacks in his cross from the right but Lucio can't get his header on target. The ball is cleared as far as Muntari who rattles the crossbar with a sweetly-struck left-foot shot.
28' Gargano finds Quagliarella at the back post with his 40-yard free kick but the local boy's header is straight at Julio Cesar.
28' Inter hit Napoli on the break. Maicon works the ball to Milito in the box and El Principe pulls back for Pandev, but Pazienza intercepts.
27' Muntari is shown a yellow card for a foul on Zuniga.
24' Wesley Sneijder looks for Samuel with a long-range floated free kick. It sails over the head of the Argentine and goes out for a goal kick.
23' Quagliarella receives from Gargano just outside the box and turns to shoot. Samuel blocks.
20' Maicon is booked for protesting after a foul by Aronica.
19' Miraculous save by Julio Cesar. Hamsik plants his right-wing cross onto the head of Denis, who severely tests our goalkeeper from close range.
17' Santon trips Zuniga and it's another right-wing free kick for Mazzarri's men.
17' Denis connects with Gargano's free kick and the ball spins wide to Aronica who sees his cross from the left deflected out for a corner by Cambiasso.
14' Inter attack back. Muntari gets to the left byline and swings a cross over to the far post but there's no team-mate on hand.
13' Another chance for Napoli, who have made a tremendous start to the game. Fabio Quagliarella latches on to Aronica's cross in the area after a defensive mistake and rifles his angled shot into the side-netting.
10' Napoli win a free kick on the right wing. Gargano's inswinging cross is half-cleared by Zanetti. Hamsik is straight on to the loose ball and his 20-yard strike bounces back off the crossbar. Denis controls the rebound with his chest but can't get a shot in as Samuel times his challenge to perfection.
8' Wesley Sneijder weaves himself out of trouble on the left flank and pumps a long ball forward for Pandev. The Napoli defence gains possession and makes the clearance.
7' Muntari swings a high cross into the box for Pandev. Napoli keeper De Sanctis gets to the ball first.
5' Hamsik receives a short pass from Gargano and overhits his low ball into the area for Zuniga.
4' The San Paolo is packed tonight. But those who have remained outside can tell when the Nerazzurri are in possession. The stadium literally hisses.
2' Hamsik volleys to Quagliarella on the edge of the box. The Napoli striker can't shrug off Lucio.
2' Napoli's Pazienza is booked for a bad high challenge on Sulley Muntari.
1' Welcome to the splendid Stadio San Paolo for Napoli v Inter. We haven't scored here since 1997, but we need a few goals tonight to restore our nine-point lead at the top after Roma cut it to six last night with a 4-1 trouncing of Palermo in the capital.
1' José Mourinho named his starting eleven in yesterday's press conference, "because there's always someone up in the trees watching our training sessions." After a few games with 4-3-3, it's back to a diamond 4-4-2.
1' Wesley Sneijder returns in the playmaker position following a two-match ban, with Walter Samuel coming in for the injured Materazzi and Davide Santon replacing Cordoba in defence. Muntari gets the nod ahead of Thiago Motta in midfield. Goran Pandev and Diego Milito start in attack with Eto'o on the bench and Balotelli in the stands.
1' Napoli: 23 De Sanctis; 14 Campagnaro, 28 P.Cannavaro, 2 Grava; 16 Zuniga, 5 Pazienza, 23 Gargano, 6 Aronica; 17 Hamsik; 27 Quagliarella, 19 Denis.<br> Subs: 1 Iezzo, 3 Rullo, 8 Dossena, 9 Hoffer, 18 Bogliacino, 21 Cigarini, 77 Rinaudo.<br>Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 11 Muntari; 10 Sneijder; 27 Pandev, 22 Milito.<br> Subs: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 7 Quaresma, 8 Thiago Motta, 9 Eto'o, 15 Krhin, 17 Mariga.
1' Off we go in Naples as the Azzurri kick off. FORZA INTER!
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46' Full time. Napoli 0-0 Inter. Hard-fought match in Naples and a point that moves us seven clear of second-placed Roma.
45' Cannavaro blocks a Mariga shot as the Nerazzurri come looking for a late winner.
45' One minute of added time.
42' Maicon's left-wing free kick bounces dangerously in the six-yard box, forcing De Sanctis into a difficult save.
41' Gargano gets a booking for a foul on Sneijder.
36' Walter Mazzarri makes a change in the Napoli ranks. Cigarini replaces Zuniga.
34' Another chance for Hamsik. Denis nods back to the Slovakian midfielder, who volleys wide from the edge of the penalty area.
33' Hamsik duets with Denis and turns Samuel before sending a low shot wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
32' Denis climbs on Maicon as he rises to meet Campagnaro's cross at the far post. Free kick.
28' Eto'o is fouled from behind as the Nerazzurri launch a counter-attack down the middle. The free kick is about 35 yards from goal.
28' Sneijder's free kick hits the Napoli wall.
26' Substitution number two for Inter. Samuel Eto'o comes on for Goran Pandev.
23' Another chance for the home side. Quagliarella's cross-shot is controlled by Denis and Julio Cesar narrows the angle to thwart the Argentine.
20' Incredible miss by Napoli. Quagliarella's shot Denis' headed pull-back from the edge of the box bounces off the post and the Argentine blazes his follow-up over the bar with the goal gaping.
19' De Sanctis blocks Milito's effort from an acute angle. Samuel's header from the resulting corner is over the bar.
17' Super move by the Nerazzurri. Milito plays in Mariga with a classy back-heeled pass. The Kenyan serves Pandev who spectacularly turns his marker before shooting at De Sanctis.
14' Milito is flagged offside as he runs to meet a through ball from Pandev, who linked up well with Sneijder during the attack.
13' Santon bursts down the left before playing a low ball into the box. Cannavaro blocks and clears.
10' Campagnaro's right-wing cross is inches over the head of Quagliarella. Mariga picks up on the far side and makes the clearance after evading a challenge from Aronica.
8' Zuniga sends in a cross from the right. Samuel is first to the ball and the Argentine heads away.
6' Sneijder is yellow-carded for charging into Gargano.
5' Pandev squeezes between Quagliarella and Grava. He is tripped by the former and it's a free kick. Sneijder floats into the area and Napoli clear with some difficulty.
2' Clever stuff by Wesley Sneijder. The Dutchman latches onto Milito's cross and turns Pazienza with a deft touch before testing De Sanctis.
1' Inter get the second half under way.
1' MacDonald Mariga is on for Sulley Muntari.
Julio Cesar
Average rating 6.18
2 shots on target 2
8 shots off target 3
17 fouls committed 16
3 corners 2
2 offsides 3
27:35 ball possession 29:21
Mazzarri v Mourinho

The two coaches meet for the fifth time after 2 wins for Mourinho (both 1-0 home victories), 1 for Mazzarri and 1 draw.

2008/09 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 0-1
2008/09 Coppa Italia Sampdoria-Inter 3-0 0-1

Mazzarri v Inter

Current Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri faces Inter for the 13th time after 1 victory (Sampdoria's 3-0 Coppa Italia semi-final first leg win on 4 March 2009), 5 draws and 6 defeats.

2004/05 Serie A Reggina-Inter 0-0 0-0
2005/06 Serie A Reggina-Inter 0-4 0-4
2006/07 Serie A Reggina-Inter 0-0 0-1
2007/08 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 0-3
2008/09 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 1-1 0-1
2008/09 Serie A Sampdoria-Inter 3-0 0-1

Mourinho v Napoli

José Mourinho meets Napoli for the fourth time after two home wins and one away defeat. The Azzurri have scored in all three games.

2008/09 Serie A Inter-Napoli 2-1 0-1
2009/10 Serie A Inter-Napoli 3-1 ----

Mazzarri's below-par February form

With the exception of June, when there are not always league fixtures, February is Walter Mazzarri's worst month of the footballing calendar. The current Napoli coach has a points-per-game average of 1.17, with 8 wins, 17 draws and 10 defeats from 35 February league games.

Four clean sheets in a row for Napoli

Napoli haven't conceded at home in Serie A since Ranocchia's 63rd-minute goal for Bari in their 3-2 victory over the Galletti. The Azzurri have since hosted Chievo (1-0), Sampdoria (2-0), Palermo (0-0) and Genoa (0-0) at the Stadio San Paolo, managing four consecutive clean sheets.

More penalties, red cards than any other team

Napoli have had 7 penalties given against them so far this season (4 goals & 3 misses) - more than any other Serie A club. And the Azzurri have had more players sent off than any of their rivals, with 8 red cards in 23 matches.

Dossena set to make 200th appearance

By appearing against Inter at the San Paolo, Andrea Dossena will complete a milestone 200 appearances for Italian clubs. Dossena made his professional debut for Verona in a 3-2 derby win over Chievo in Serie A on 18 November 2001. Besides Verona he has also played Italian football for Treviso, Udinese and Napoli, making 90 appearances in Serie A, 97 in Serie B and 12 in the Italian Cup.

Napoli, Inter and goalless draws

Napoli have five goalless draws this season - more than any other team. Inter are one of two teams yet to draw 0-0 in the 2009/10 Serie A, the other team being Juventus. Inter's last 0-0 draw in Serie A was away to Fiorentina on 29 October 2008. The Nerazzurri have since played 52 league games.

No Inter goal away to Napoli in three games

Inter last scored away to Napoli in a 2-0 Serie victory on 18 October 1997. On that occasion Galante opened the scoring in the 10th minute, with Turrini adding an own goal in the 69th. The Nerazzurri have since played three matches at the Stadio San Paolo, losing 1-0 in 2000/01, 2007/08 and 2008/09.

Inter unbeaten in twelve games

The Nerazzurri have won 9 games and drawn 3 since their last defeat, a 2-1 loss to Juventus in Turin on 5 December 2009.

Inter goalless in one of last twenty-five

Inter have failed to score in only one of their last 25 matches (0-2 at Barcelona on 24 November 2009), notching 48 goals in the other 24. In Serie A, Inter have scored 61 goals in their last 28 games, failing to score only once (0-1 at Sampdoria on 26 September 2009).

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

NAPLES - Inter were held 0-0 for the first time in 53 league matches as Napoli gave José Mourinho's side a hard game at the Stadio San Paolo.

An entertaining encounter saw the woodwork hit three times and some exciting counter-attacking play, but it's points that count and the Nerazzurri, who move seven clear of Roma at the top, will regard this one as a valuable away result.

Mazzarri's men made a strong start in front of their vociferous home fans and Marek Hamsik fired a warning in the 10th minute. Zanetti made a clearance from Gargano's inswinging cross and the Slovakian latched onto the loose ball before cannoning his long-range effort onto the crossbar. Denis chested down the rebound but couldn't get a close-range shot in as Samuel timed his challenge perfectly.

Fabio Quagliarella rifled into the side-netting and smacked a crisp shot wide before Julio Cesar's amazing save from Denis as the Azzurri created plenty of first-half chances. Inter went close on the half-hour when Sulley Muntari's well-taken left-foot shot from the edge of the area bounced back off the bar.

Inter threatened De Sanctis's goal in an attacking start to the second half, the Napoli keeper saving Sneijder's crisp effort from edge of the box before making a punched block from Pandev who brilliantly turned his marker after receiving from Mariga.

Napoli dominated the remainder of the game in terms of chances and were left rueing a series of misses. Julio Cesar narrowed the angle well to thwart Hamsik who diverted Quagliarella's cross-shot on target. Quagliarella then rattled the post with a low effort from Denis' headed pass and the Argentine blazed his follow-up over with the goal gaping.

Hamsik combined well with Denis as Napoli produced two good chances in the closing stages, but his finishing was left wanting as both efforts flew wide as the Azzurri were left to settle for their sixth goalless draw this season. 

Napoli 0-0 Inter

Napoli: 23 De Sanctis; 14 Campagnaro, 28 P.Cannavaro, 2 Grava; 16 Zuniga (21 Cigarini 81), 5 Pazienza, 23 Gargano, 6 Aronica; 17 Hamsik; 27 Quagliarella, 19 Denis.
Subs not used: 1 Iezzo, 3 Rullo, 8 Dossena, 9 Hoffer, 18 Bogliacino, 77 Rinaudo.
: Walter Mazzarri.

Inter: 12 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 39 Santon; 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 11 Muntari (17 Mariga 46); 10 Sneijder; 27 Pandev (9 Eto'o 71), 22 Milito.
Subs not used
: 1 Toldo, 2 Cordoba, 7 Quaresma, 8 Thiago Motta, 15 Krhin.

: José Mourinho.

Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Turin).

Booked: Pazienza 2, Maicon 20, Muntari 27, Zuniga 45+2, Sneijder 51, Gargano 86.

Att.: 56,211.

starting lineups

De Sanctis 12 Julio Cesar
Campagnaro 13 Maicon
Cannavaro 6 Lucio
Grava 25 Samuel
Zuniga 39 Santon
Pazienza 4 Zanetti
Gargano 19 Cambiasso
Aronica 11 Muntari
Hamsik 10 Sneijder
Qualiarella 27 Pandev
Denis 22 Milito


Iezzo 1 Toldo
Rullo 2 Cordoba
Dossena 7 Quaresma
Hoffer 8 Motta
Bogliacino 9 Eto'o
Cigarini 15 Krhin
Rinaudo 17 Mariga