Final score

25 January 2012 20:45

48' (2nd half) Cavani
5' (2nd half) Cavani (P)
2 - 0
Referee: Domenico Celi / Linesmen: Cariolato, Di Fiore / Fourth official: Giannoccaro
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46' The first half of Napoli v Inter ends 0-0. Chances for Maggio (Napoli) and Samuel (Inter)
45' One minute of time added
43' Obi's shot from outside the box is off target
43' Hamsik's left-footer at the far post is off target
41' Hamsik passes to an unmarked Aronica in the box but his weak shot goes straight to Castellazzi
39' Sneijder booked for continuing play after the whistle
35' Lavezzi's pass sends Cavani through and he falls under Chivu's challenge. There was shoulder-to-shoulder contact, but outside the box
30' Sneijder commits a hard foul on Gargano
29' Lavezzi, trying to reach a cross from Maggio, raises his leg and clashes with Samuel. The Argentine is up again after a few seconds
24' Yellow card shown to Chivu for a foul on Lavezzi
23' Zanetti's cross earns a cornker kick. Sneijder takes it and finds the head of Samuel. De Sanctis makes the save
22' Inler's weak right-footer is off target
19' Samuel fouls Lavezzi. Gargano's free kick grazes the post
16' De Sanctis saves Sneijder's shot from distance
15' A chance for Napoli as Maggio latches on to Gargano's pass in front of goal, only to be foiled by an excellent save from Castellazzi
13' Thiago Motta sends a long pass to Obi in the box and he falls in the box under pressure from Maggio
11' Samuel sends a long pass to Milito: offside
3' Maggio advances down the left but Chivu does well to close him down
1' TIME FOR THE COPPA ITALIA! Welcome to the Stadio San Paolo for Napoli v Inter, the quarter-final match of the 2011/12 Coppa Italia
1' The whistle has blown to start the match here in Naples
1' Sneijer and Milito feature in attack, with Castellazzi in goal. Napoli are fielding Lavezzi, Hamsik and Cavani
1' Without Lucio and Pazzini, Ranieri will field Ranocchia and Samuel in central defence with Maicon and Chivu as full-backs
1' After their 2-1 win against Genoa, the Nerazzurri will face a Napoli team that beat Cesena by the same score
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48' After 93 minutes Napoli v Inter ends at 2-0 thanks to a brace from Cavani. The Nerazzurri are now out of the competition
48' GOAL NAPOLI. Cavani takes advantage of a counterattack and beats Ranocchia and Castellazzi to make it 2-0
47' Pandev is looking for a penalty after going down in the box under Chivu's challenge, but Celi won't hear of it
45' Celi signals for 3 minutes of injury time
45' Dzemaili shoots from distance and Castellazzi's touch manages to keep it out for a corner
42' Substitution for Napoli: Hamsik comes off for Dossena
41' Yellow card shown to Gargano for a foul on Alvarez
37' Substitution for Napoli: Inler comes off for Dzemaili
36' A powerful right from Sneijder goes just wide of goal
35' A chance for Napoli as Castellazzi makes a huge save on Gargano, who was one-on-one with the keeper
33' Milito goes down in the box under a light challenge from Cannavaro. El Principe doesn't bother to protest the absence of a whistle
31' Substitution for Inter: Thiago Motta comes off for Zarate
30' Maicon touches for Milito who hits a cross-shot that De Sanctis stretches to gather
28' Cambiasso pounces on a back pass from Maggio but De Sanctis gets to the ball first
25' Cavani receives a dangerous ball in the box, but Samuel closes him down
24' A big chance for Alvarez! Just a few yards from goal, and under pressure from Gargano, he shoots straight at De Sanctis
20' Substitution for Napoli: Lavezzi comes off for Pandev
17' Cambiasso passes to Sneijder, who blasts the ball just wide of De Sanctis' post
15' Free kick for Inter: Sneijder sends a missile that De Sanctis punches away
14' Yellow card shown to Maggio
12' Yellow card shown to Milito for protesting
12' Milito goes down in the box under a challenge from Maggio, who uses his arm. The Inter players want a penalty
5' GOAL NAPOLI. Cavani converts the penalty to make it 1-0 to the hosts
4' Penalty awarded to Napoli: double error from Thiago Motta who loses the ball and commits a foul on Cavani in the box
3' Sneijder takes a corner. Cambiasso seeks out space but is closed down in the melee
1' Celi whistles to begin the second half of Napoli v Inter
1' Substitution for Inter: Obi comes off for Alvarez
Average rating 5.06
6 shots on target 7
6 shots off target 3
15 fouls committed 12
4 corners 3
1 offsides 1
44% ball possession 56%
Mazzarri unbeaten against Ranieri and has won last 3

These two coaches have faced each other 9 times before today and Ranieri has yet to win: Mazzarri has beaten him in their last 3 head-to-heads, and before then there were 6 draws.

Only two wins for Mazzarri against Inter

Walter Mazzarri has faced Inter 17 times as a coach, with 2 wins, 8 draws and 7 defeats.

Ranieri ahead against former club Napoli (9-5)

Claudio Ranieri is taking on Napoli - whom he coached from July 1991 to November 1992 - for the 19th time. He has won 9, drawn 4 and lost 5 (including the last 3) of his previous encounters with the Neapolitan outfit.

Napoli yet to beat Inter in the Coppa Italia

These two sides have met 8 times in the Italian Cup and Napoli are yet to record a win: there have been 4 draws (all 3 of the last 3) and 4 Nerazzurri wins. Considering only the games played on Napoli's turf, there have been 3 draws (which all went to extra time) and 1 victory for Inter.

Napoli unbeaten at the San Paolo in the cup since 2005

The last home defeat by Napoli in the Coppa Italia was on 8 December 2005 when Roma beat them 0-3. In the 14 home games played in the competition since then, the Neapolitans have racked up 10 wins and 4 draws.

Napoli have drawn just one blank in 16 games

Napoli have failed to hit the net only once in their last 16 competitive fixtures in all competitions: on 19 November, their Serie A match against Lazio at the San Paolo ended 0-0. In the other 15 games in that period the Azzurri have notched up 32 goals.

Inter's 12-match unbeaten run in the cup

Inter's last defeat in the Coppa Italia came on 4 March 2009, when they lost 3-0 at Sampdoria. In the 12 cup games since then, the Nerazzurri have won 10 games and drawn 2.

Inter's 15-match scoring streak on the road

Inter have scored at least once in each of their last 15 competitive away fixtures, netting 22 goals in the process. The last time the Nerazzurri failed to score on their travels was on 16 April, when they lost 2-0 at Parma (Serie A).

Inter's 348-minute shut-out away in the cup; 427 minutes without conceding in all competitions

The last goal conceded away from home by Inter in the Coppa Italia was on 4 March 2009 in a 3-0 defeat to Sampdoria. Pazzini scored Samp's third in the 42nd minute. Since then, in the remaining 48 minutes of that match plus the games played at Fiorentina (0-1 in 2009/10) , Napoli (0-0 after extra time in 2010/12) and Roma (0-1 in 2010/11), the Inter defence has repelled everything thrown at it for 231 minutes. The last goal conceded by Inter on their travels in any competition was on 22 November when they drew 1-1 at Trabzonspor in the Champions League: Altintop hit the target for the Turks in the 23th minute. Since then, in the remaining 67 minutes of that match plus the Serie A games won away at Siena, Genoa, Cesena and AC Milan (all 0-1), the Nerazzurri defence has been unbreached for 427 minutes.

wins(2) draws(4) defeats(2)

NAPLES – A penalty from Cavani took Napoli to the semi-finals, and a penalty denied to Milito eliminated Inter from the Coppa Italia. A year later, again in the quarter-finals of the Cup, the story from the penalty spot did not repeat itself, as the referee Celi rightly whistled Motta's foul (on Cavani) for a complaining Mazzarri, while Ranieri watched Maggio's push – as the last man – on Milito go unpunished, despite the fact that it was clear in both live action as well as on TV replays. And so it went. Inter's feisty second half, with the team a goal down, was not enough. In fact, insult was added to injury when Cavani netted his second in stoppage time.

FIRST HALF - On 15 minutes Castellazzi managed a miracle when pushing a shot from Maggio out for a corner. Sneijder then responded from the edge of the box but his shot finished too centrally to cause problems. In the 19th minute a dubious foul by Samuel on Lavezzi brought a free kick from Gargano, and the Uruguayan's attempt from 20 yards nicked the post. Inter were closing down well but struggling to counter, while Mazzarri's side tried to break through on the flanks and through the speedy Lavezzi's darting runs. This is how the opening minutes of the half can be summed up; very tactical. Chinks were being sought in the armour, and in the 23rd minute Samuel's header (on a corner) forced a save from De Sanctis. It was a first half that was anything but fluid, with Napoli manoeuvring more and Inter looking to hit deep on the counter. The action was broken up and both teams were anchored down without wanting to unbalance themselves and give up space to their opponent. Then, five minutes before the halftime whistle, Mazzarri's boys gave the Nerazzurri a fright when Aronica's right-footer finished in Castellazzi's arms.

SECOND HALF - It began with Alvarez on for Obi in a 4-3-2-1. Inter immediately threatened on a corner but Napoli made the most of the first controversial moment. On the edge of the box, Motta failed to control the ball and gave away a penalty when fouling Cavani in his attempt to win it back. El Matador dispatched from the spot to make it 1-0. It was proof that only an individual error, going one way or the other, could upset the balance in the San Paolo. Now in the lead, Mazzarri's team could play the game that they preferred; that of the counterattack. The referee Celi gave them a hand in the 58th minute when he denied Inter a penalty; Maggio's arm clearly held Milito as he was sent in on goal. Two minutes later De Sanctis punched away a free kick from Sneijder. Then another attempt from the Dutchman grazed the post from the edge of the box.

Denied a clear penalty and with their pride stung, Ranieri's team then set up camp in Napoli's midfield. There was an excellent chance for Alvarez when he found himself alone in front of De Sanctis, but instead of equalising the Argentine could only weakly kick the ball into the keeper's arms. In the 72nd minute Gargano won the ball and gave it to Cavani who then fed Pandev, only to see the Napoli substitute – and ex-Interista – shoot high. At the other end of the pitch De Sanctis went low to block a right-footer from Milito. On came Zarate (for Thiago Motta) and Inter went to a 4-2-3-1. Castellazzi saved from Cavani, and only a few seconds later a lively Sneijder blasted his long-distance shot just centimetres off target. On 87 minutes De Sanctis pulled off a triple save from Zarate and Cambiasso (twice). Mazzarri only had defending on his mind, while the Nerazzurri looked to exploit every possible moment to find the net and stay in the competition. However, Cavani struck again on a counterattack in the 93rd minute to kill off the match.

Napoli 2-0 Inter (HT: 0-0)
Scorers: Cavani 50 (pen), 90+3.

Napoli: 1 De Sanctis; 14 Campagnaro, 28 Cannavaro, 6 Aronica; 11 Maggio, 23 Gargano, 88 Inler (Dzemaili 82), 18 Zuniga; 17 Hamsik (Dossena 87), 22 Lavezzi (Pandev 65); 7 Cavani.
Unused subs: 83 Rosati, 16 Vargas, 21 Fernandez, 85 Britos.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

Inter: 12 Castellazzi; 13 Maicon, 23 Ranocchia, 25 Samuel, 26 Chivu; 4 Zanetti, 8 Thiago Motta (Zarate 76), 19 Cambiasso, 20 Obi (Alvarez 46); 10 Sneijder, 22 Milito.
Unused subs: 1 Julio Cesar, 2 Cordoba, 37 Faraoni, 18 Poli, 30 Castaignos.
Coach: Claudio Ranieri.

Referee: Domenico Celi (Bari).
Booked: Chivu 24, Sneijder 39, Milito 57, Maggio 59, Gargano 86.
Added time: 1+3 minutes.

starting lineups

De Sanctis 12 Castellazzi
Campagnaro 13 Maicon
Cannavaro 23 Ranocchia
Aronica 25 Samuel
Maggio 26 Chivu
Gargano 4 Zanetti
Inler 8 Motta
Zuniga 19 Cambiasso
Hamsik 20 Obi
Lavezzi 10 Sneijder
Cavani 22 Milito


Rosati 1 Julio Cesar
Dossena 2 Cordoba
Vargas 37 Faraoni
Dzemaili 11 Alvarez
Fernandez 18 Poli
Pandev 28 Zarate
Britos 30 Castaignos