Final score

26 April 2014 20:45

0 - 0
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli / Linesmen: Nicoletti, Marrazzo / Fourth official: Ghiandai / Assistants: Rocchi, Tommasi
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45' Half time here at the Meazza. Plenty of action and chances but crucially no goals yet. Inter 0-0 Napoli
45' Kovacic finds Icardi with a brilliant pass in behind, the striker scoops it over
42' Cambiasso makes a timely interception to stop Mertens, allowing Inter to break forward
38' Henrique catches Palacio from behind and brings him down. The ref books him
36' Inler fires over from outside the box
33' Palacio is into the box and ready to pull the trigger when Ghoulam makes the tackle
30' Palacio picks out Icardi in the box with a smart ball, Mauro tries to cut onto his other foot and sees the ball hoofed away
27' Palacio takes the free kick, Reina saves
26' Britos trips Palacio on the edge of the box as the striker runs onto a through ball. Yellow card for the Napoli man
25' Ghoulam tries his luck from range: over
24' Inler lets fly, Handanovic parries it
23' Kovacic tests Reina with a free kick, the Spaniard has it covered
22' Callejon enters the box on the right and pulls it back into the centre for the waiting Higuain, Inter clear their lines
20' Insigne strikes a curling free kick over the bar
18' Palacio wins the ball in midfield and bears down on goal before angling a low effort wide
14' Callejon is all alone in front of Handanovic following Mertens' ball over the top but thankfully puts it wide
12' Great defensive covering from Andreolli on Higuain. It's pretty intense out there at the moment
11' Not to be outdone, Kovacic wriggles free from the attentions of two men and gets his shot away. Reina turns it behind
10' Superb play from Hernanes, who drops a shoulder to shake off his man before unleashing a low drive from 25 yards. Reina responds well
9' Ranocchia does well to snuff out Higuain
3' Neat exchange between Hernanes and Kovacic before the Croatian goes down in the box. No penalty
3' Hernanes' effort is saved by Reina
1' Welcome to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for Inter v Napoli, in Week 35 of the 2013/14 Serie A
1' Napoli get their noses forward early doors, Insigne spots Callejon's run and finds him but the Spaniard shoots over
1' The Nerazzurri take the opening kick-off and Inter v Napoli is under way. Forza Inter!
1' D'Ambrosio, Hernanes, Cambiasso, Kovacic and Nagatomo form the midfield five with Palacio and Icardi up front
1' Suspensions force Mazzarri to shuffle his defensive line, with Campagnaro, Ranocchia and Andreolli starting in front of Handanovic
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49' There's the final whistle, it ends Inter 0-0 Napoli
44' The 4th official signals five minutes of stoppage time
44' Palacio is temporarily out of action with cramp
41' Higuain leaves the field of play after that collision with Andreolli. Pandev comes on
40' Higuain skips between two Nerazzurri shirts only to be stopped by a perfectly timed challenge from Andreolli. The Argentine is down injured
38' Ghoulam is booked for a foul on Guarin
37' Close shave there! Inler finds a bit of space and wallops a blistering low drive against the foot of the post
37' Great pass from Kovacic to pick out Nagatomo, whose shot from an angle is parried clear by Reina
35' Mazzarri makes his final switch, Kuzmanovic taking over from Icardi
34' The fizz has gone out of this game in the last few minutes, with the two teams battling it out in midfield
29' Mazzarri makes another substitution: Guarin replaces Hernanes
28' Higuain makes space for himself on the edge of the box and shoots: over
25' Change for Napoli: Mertens goes off, Hamsik comes on
23' A roar from the Meazza faithful goes up as the captain enters the pitch
23' D'Ambrosio is forced off with a calf problem. Club skipper Zanetti comes on in his place
18' Icardi escapes from his marker and connects with Hernanes' corner but nods wide of the far post
16' Hernanes fouls Inler from behind and is shown the yellow card
14' Hernanes attempts to shoot from outside the area but that's way off target
10' Albiol and Reina collide going for Nagatomo's cross. The defender is down and a stretcher comes on. He soon returns to the pitch
7' Nagatomo sprints down the left before standing it up for Palacio at the near post. The Argentine flicks it over Reina and wide
5' Inter survive a double scare! First Higuain hits Nagatomo's back then Mertens' angled effort is tipped wide by Handanovic
2' Palacio and D'Ambrosio link up well but the Argentine runs the ball out of play
1' Napoli get us going again. No changes made during the interval. C'mon Inter! Forza Inter!
Average rating 6.22
8 shots on target 1
6 shots off target 13
7 fouls committed 10
2 corners 4
1 offsides 0
44% ball possession 56%
wins(54) draws(18) defeats(9)

MILAN – It was honours even at the Meazza in Serie A Week 35 as Inter and Napoli played out a lively goalless draw.

The first half was played at a particularly high tempo with a number of chances for both sides, the best openings falling Inter's way - Palacio and Icardi both going close.

Soon after the restart, Napoli nearly broke the deadlock through Higuain and Mertens, Nagatomo and Handanovic coming to the rescue. The Nerazzurri then came to the fore as Palacio and Icardi both saw headers go wide, before the game started to peter out as legs tired. Napoli had the better chances late on: Inler gave Inter a real scare when he slammed a vicious low drive against the post.

Inter 0-0 Napoli

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 14 Campagnaro, 23 Ranocchia, 6 Andreolli; 33 D'Ambrosio (4 Zanetti, 68), 88 Hernanes (13 Guarin, 74), 19 Cambiasso, 10 Kovacic, 55 Nagatomo; 8 Palacio, 9 Icardi (17 Kuzmanovic, 81).
Subs not used: 12 Castellazzi, 30 Carrizo, 21 Taider, 20 Botta, 22 Milito.
Coach: Walter Mazzarri.

Napoli: 25 Reina; 4 Henrique, 33 Albiol, 5 Britos, 31 Ghoulam; 8 Jorginho, 88 Inler; 7 Callejon, 14 Mertens (17 Hamsik, 70), 24 Insigne; 9 Higuain (19 Pandev, 81).
Subs not used:15 Colombo, 80 Doblas, 2 Reveiller, 16 Mesto, 18 Zuniga, 20 Dzemaili, 22 Radosevic, 85 Behrami, 91 Zapata.
Coach: Rafael Benitez.

Referee: Rizzoli.
Assistants: Nicoletti, Marrazzo.
Additional assistants: Rocchi, Tommasi.
Fourth official: Ghiandai.
Booked: Britos 26 (N); Henrique 38 (N); Hernanes 61 (I); Ghoulam 83 (N).

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 25 Reina
Campagnaro 14 4 Henrique
Ranocchia 23 33 Albiol
Andreolli 6 5 Britos
D'Ambrosio 33 31 Ghoulam
Hernanes 88 8 Jorginho
Cambiasso 19 88 Inler
Kovacic 10 7 Callejon
Nagatomo 55 14 Mertens
Palacio 8 24 Insigne
Icardi 9 9 Higuain


Castellazzi 12 15 Colombo
Carrizo 30 80 Doblas
Zanetti 4 2 Reveillere
Guarin 13 16 Mesto
Kuzmanovic 17 17 Hamsik
Taïder 21 18 Zuniga
Botta 20 20 Dzemaili
Milito 22 22 Radosevic
85 Behrami
19 Pandev
91 Zapata