Final score

1 October 2011 20:45

0 - 3
30' (2nd half) Hamsik
12' (2nd half) Maggio
43' Campagnaro
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi / Linesmen: Nicoletti, Romagnoli / Fourth official: De Marco
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Minute Text commentary
46' The first half ends amidst protests: Inter 0-1 Napoli
46' Julio Cesar follows the captain into Rocchi's book for protesting
45' The referee signals a minute of added time
45' Zanetti is booked
43' Ranieri make a substitution: Nagatomo comes on for Chivu, who seems to be struggling
43' GOAL FOR NAPOLI. Julio Cesar saves Hamsik's penalty but Campagnaro swoops to turn in the rebound
41' Napoli have a penalty for a push by Obi on Maggio, but the contact was outside the box
41' Obi is shown a second yellow for that foul and has to leave the pitch. Inter are down to 10 men
40' Following a corner, Forlan crosses to the far post. De Sanctis collects
39' Maggio's cross lands in Julio Cesar's arms
37' Chivu is booked
35' Lavezzi breaks forward on the left and goes down after contact with Zanetti. The ref waves play on
32' Zuniga cuts in from the left and crosses... into the arms of Julio Cesar
30' Napoli have a good chance as Inler's ball finds Zuniga in space at the far post: his volleyed effort goes over
29' Forlan pings in a fantastic cross for Pazzini, Aronica gets a touch and the ball runs out the other side
28' Zuniga is shown a yellow card
26' Maicon works his way to the edge of the area and finds Obi in space on the left. The youngster's cross just misses two Nerazzurri players in the six-yard box
24' Zanetti's shot is parried by De Sanctis and Pazzini swoops to put the ball in the net. However, it's ruled out for offside: the striker's head was offside when the captain released his shot
22' After a dominant opening spell by Inter, Napoli are starting to get themselves into the game. They earn a couple of free kicks around the box in quick succession, though neither come to anything
19' Campagnaro curls in a deep a deep cross from the right. Zuniga gets up at the far post and directs his header wide
16' Another cross from Maicon finds Pazzini in the centre. The striker tries to connect at the near post but Campagnaro does enough to disturb him
13' Forlan makes himself some space and releases a great shot from range but it doesn't curl enough for him and goes wide of the far post
12' Hamsik attempts to pick out Lavezzi on the edge of the box, Lucio intercepts
10' The first booking of the game... but it's a contentious one. Obi wins the ball with a clean challenge, Lavezzi takes a tumble and Rocchi flashes a yellow card
9' Maicon knocks in a cross, Forlan fails to connect properly with an ambitious volley; seconds later another cross is aimed for Pazzini but Cannavaro clears
9' Cannavaro cuts out the danger after Alvarez was picked out by Maicon
5' Pazzini plays a quick ball looking to find Alvarez; Gargano has it covered
4' Alvarez has a dig with his left from 20 yards out: wide
4' Maicon drives his way into the box but Campagnaro gets a touch and De Sanctis clears
2' Inter break forward and Maicon enters the area from the right. He clashes into Gargano but Rocchi says play on
2' Chivu beats Pandev to the ball as Lavezzi looks to feed the Macedonian
1' Welcome to the Stadio Meazza where we're waiting for Inter's Week 6 clash with Napoli to begin. Kick-off is at 20:45
1' Inter get the ball forward immediately and attack down the right with... Maicon. Old habits die hard!
1' The Nerazzurri get the game under way. FORZA INTER!!!
1' Ranieri has opted for a midfield trio of Zanetti, Cambiasso and Obi, with Alvarez in the hole behind Forlan and Pazzini
1' Maicon makes his first appearance of the season and slots into his usual right-back berth. Chivu is on the opposite flank with Lucio and Samuel in the heart of defence
1' Claudio Ranieri is making his first appearance at the Meazza as coach of the host team
Minute Text commentary
47' The match ends Inter 0-3 Napoli. The outcome of the game was heavily influenced by refereeing decisions in the first half
46' Pazzini gets on the end of Maicon's cross, but his header goes wide
45' We'll have two minutes of added time
42' Mazzarri decides to take off Aronica, with Fernandez replacing him
37' Cannavaro hoofs forward a long ball looking for Mascara, Nagatomo gets his head to it first
34' Napoli substitution: Chavez comes on for Lavezzi
30' GOAL FOR NAPOLI. Lavezzi plays a ball in behind the Nerazzurri defence, Hamsik beats the offside trap and slots past Julio Cesar
28' Mascara is booked
28' Another close offside call goes against Pazzini
26' Nagatomo knocks in a cross from the left, Maggio gets a touch, De Sanctis collects
25' Maicon crosses to the far post, Maggio makes a superb interception to deny Samuel
23' Inter's final change: Zarate comes on for Forlan
21' Zuniga wastes a fantastic chance to make it 3: Hamsik crosses low, Zuniga is in space with an open goal but, incredibly, he skies his effort
19' Pazzini is blown for a dubious offside decision
17' Campagnaro falls over by himself but Rocchi blows for a foul by Pazzini
16' Inter substitution: Alvarez makes way for Stankovic, who is returning from injury
12' GOAL FOR NAPOLI. Nagatomo tries to shield Mascara's ball for Maggio, but the Italian sticks out a foot and loops the ball over Julio Cesar
10' De Sanctis leaps to get Alvarez's cross. Lucio is offside
7' Pazzini whips in a low cross from the right, De Sanctis comes out to beat Alvarez to the ball
6' Napoli make a change: Pandev is replaced by Mascara
4' Hamsik finds Maggio in the box: the wingback's shot is blocked by Nagatomo
1' The second half begins with Ranieri in the stands: the coach was sent off at half time for protesting
Julio Cesar
Average rating 5.92
2 shots on target 4
5 shots off target 7
15 fouls committed 9
2 corners 6
4 offsides 1
41% ball possession 59%
Ranieri and Napoli

There are 17 preceding encounters between Ranieri and Napoli - the team that the Nerazzurri coach guided from July 1991 to November 1992 - with a record for the Inter coach of 9 wins, 4 draws and 4 wins for Napoli.

Ranieri without a victory in last 8 encounters

There have been 8 encounters between the two coaches, in which Ranieri has yet to get a win; 6 draws and 2 wins for Mazzarri.

Mazzarri has won only one of the last 16 encounters

The preceding encounters between Mazzarri and Inter show a record of 16 total matches, with 1 victory for the current Napoli coach, 8 draws and 7 victories for Inter. The lone win for Mazzarri came in the Coppa Italia, Sampdoria 3-0 Inter, on 4 March 2009. At the San Siro the record - at the expense of the Napoli coach - is 1 draw and 6 defeats (also consecutive), in which his teams have let in 13 goals.

200 Serie A matches for Julio Cesar

This evening's match will be the 200th for Julio Cesar in the Serie A. The goalkeeper made his Nerazzurri debut on 28 August 2005 in Inter 3-0 Treviso.

Inter: only one home loss in the last 61 Serie A matches

Inter have lost only one of the last 61 home matches in the Serie A; it happened on 14 November 2010 when AC Milan came out with a 1-0 victory. In the other 60 matches the record for the Nerazzurri is 46 victories and 14 draws.

Inter: 207 minutes without a goal at San Siro

Inter have yet to score a home goal in the 2011/12 season; 0-1 against Trabzonspor in the Champions League, 0-0 against Roma in the league. The last Nerazzurri goal at the San Siro came 207 minutes ago courtesy of Nagatomo in the 63rd minute of the match against Catania, which was won by Inter 3-1 on 22 May last season.

Napoli: 219 minutes without a goal in Serie A

Napoli's last league goal came on 18 September in their 3-1 win against AC Milan. The scorer of their third goal was Cavani in the 51st minute; since that moment the remaining 39 minutes of that match passed, followed by the entire league match against ChievoVerona (a 0-1 away loss) and Fiorentina (0-0 at home), for a total of 219 scoreless minutes.

Napoli: 219 minutes without a goal in Serie A

Napoli's last official league goal came on 18 September in their 3-1 win against AC Milan. The scorer of their third goal of the season was Cavani in the 51st minute; since that moment the remaining 39 minutes of that match passed, followed by the entire league match against ChievoVerona (a 0-1 away loss) and Fiorentina (0-0 at home), for a total of 219 scoreless minutes.

Napoli with only one clean sheet in last 10 away matches

Only in Bologna v Napoli, which finished 0-2 last 10 April, have Napoli managed to go without letting in an away goal. In the other 9 away matches they have let in 15 goals.

Mazzarri's birthday

Today is Walter Mazzarri's 50th birthday. He was born on 1 October 1961 in San Vincenzo.

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

MILAN - The final outcome was three goals to Napoli and two sendings off for Inter. The 2011/12 Serie A Week 6 match played at the Stadio Meazza was determined in the first half, as Rocchi's decisions weighed heavily on the result: two dubious bookings for Obi (on 10 and 40 minutes) - the second for a foul that took place outside the box - altered the course of the game, leaving Inter with 10 men and a penalty to defend. Julio Cesar saved Hamsik's spot kick but Campagnaro turned in the rebound (43), though it should have been retaken because the Argentine had already entered the area when Hamsik struck the ball. In the second half, Maggio looped a through ball over Julio Cesar to make it two, before Hamsik wrapped up the scoring in the 75th minute.

FIRST HALF - With Ranocchia suspended, Ranieri went with Lucio and Samuel at the heart of defence while Maicon was handed his first appearance of the season at right-back after recovering from injury, with Chivu on the left. Pazzini shook off his foot injury to start in attack alongside Forlan, with Alvarez just behind the front two. Milito missed the match with a thigh problem. Napoli had to make do without Cavani so Pandev lined up alongside Lavezzi and Hamsik, while Zuniga was preferred to Dossena on the left.

The Nerazzurri started strongly as Maicon immediately began to reproduce his barnstorming runs of old down the right flank: his low cross in the 2nd minute was back-heeled by Pazzini but there was no one to latch onto it. Just a minute passed and the Brazilian had worked his way into the box on the right where he clashed with Gargano (3), the ref deeming the contact above board. Another minute passed and another opening came for the Nerazzurri as Alvarez went for goal from distance, his left-footed drive ending wide. Inter were keeping Napoli pegged in their own half with some neat exchanges and early balls.

In the 10th minute Obi stopped Lavezzi on the counter-attack with a clean challenge and was shown a yellow, much to the Nerazzurri's disbelief – there wasn't even a hint of a foul.

Forlan then showed his class as he cut inside and made space before curling a right-footed shot just wide of the post (13). Pazzini also went close, latching onto Maicon's ball only to be denied by Campagnaro (16).

Down the other end, Zuniga had Napoli's first chance of note as he rose at the far post to head wide. Napoli slowly came into the game and Alvarez's 21st minute foul on Zuniga gave Napoli a free kick, which Inler blasted over.

The ball was in the net after 24 minutes when Pazzini poked home the rebound following Zanetti's shot, but the striker's head and chest were beyond the last defender as the ball was released: offside.

The captain then seemed to clip Lavezzi on 34 minutes as El Pocho burst down the left flank, with the referee waving play on.

Picked out by Lavezzi in the 38th minute, Pandev failed to make the most of a chance as he stumbled and lost the ball.

Two minutes later came the foul by Obi – at least according to Rocchi – that led to the Nigerian's second booking and a penalty, even though the contact took place outside the area. Hamsik's spot kick was saved by Julio Cesar, Campagnaro pounced, and the ball was in the net. So 0-1 to Napoli and Inter down to 10 men, despite Obi's first booking not even being plausible and Campagnaro entering the area before Hamsik's shot.

The teams went into the dressing rooms after a minute's stoppage time, but on his way in Ranieri asked Rocchi to explain the decisions. No explanation was offered, just a red card for the Inter coach.

SECOND HALF – The second half began with no changes on the pitch but Ranieri had moved up to the stands to watch the rest of the match. From there he saw Napoli double their lead: Mascara played a ball over the top for Maggio, who beat Nagatomo to the bounce and lobbed over the onrushing Julio Cesar, making it 0-2.

Lucio saved for Inter in the 58th minute with a sliding tackle to prevent Zuniga from breaking into the box and then, as the match became increasingly tense, Napoli almost made it three: Hamsik's low ball picked out Zuniga with the goal at his mercy, yet the Colombian somehow lifted his effort over the bar (65).

Down the other end, Nagatomo found Pazzini in the box but De Sanctis stole the ball from his feet (66).

Inter were the only big team that Hamsik had never scored against and the Slovak set the record straight tonight: kept onside by Cambiasso, he burst though the Nerazzurri rear guard to collect Lavezzi's through ball before slotting home.

The match naturally began to peter out after that but in the two minutes of stoppage time Pazzini went close with a header from Maicon's cross.

The game ended 0-3 to Napoli. The Nerazzurri remain on 4 points and have Rocchi to thank.

Inter 0-3 Napoli (HT: 0-1)
Scorers: Campagnaro 43, Maggio 56, Hamsik 75.

Inter: 1 Julio Cesar; 13 Maicon, 6 Lucio, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu (Nagatomo 43); 4 Zanetti, 19 Cambiasso, 20 Obi; 11 Alvarez (Stankovic 61); 9 Forlan (Zarate 68), 7 Pazzini.
Unused subs: 12 Castellazzi, 29 Coutinho, 30 Castaignos, 77 Muntari.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.

Napoli: 1 De Sanctis; 14 Campagnaro, 28 Cannavaro, 6 Aronica (Fernandez 87); 11 Maggio, 88 Inler, 23 Gargano, 18 Zuniga; 17 Hamsik, 22 Lavezzi (Chavez 79) 29 Pandev (Mascara 51)
Unused subs: 83 Rosati, 3 Fideleff, 8 Dossena,19 Santana.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Florence)

Booked: Obi 10 and 40, Chivu 37, Zanetti 44, Julio Cesar 45+1.
Sent off: Obi 41, Ranieri 45+1.
Added time: 1+2 minutes.
Attendance: 64,824.

starting lineups

Julio Cesar 1 De Sanctis
Maicon 13 Campagnaro
Lucio 6 Cannavaro
Samuel 25 Aronica
Chivu 26 Maggio
Zanetti 4 Inler
Cambiasso 19 Gargano
Obi 20 Zuniga
Alvarez 11 Hamsik
Forlan 9 Lavezzi
Pazzini 7 Pandev


Castellazzi 12 Rosati
Nagatomo 55 Fideleff
Stankovic 5 Dossena
Coutinho 29 Mascara
Castaignos 30 Santana
Muntari 77 Fernandez
Zarate 28 Chavez