Final score

19 January 2016 20:45

0 - 2
47' (2nd half) Ljajic
30' (2nd half) Jovetic
Referee: Paolo Valeri / Linesmen: Giallatini, Passeri / Fourth official: Di Bello
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45' Half time at the San Paolo. Still goalless between Napoli and Inter
45' Gabbiadini works Handanovic from distance with a free-kick. The keeper gets everything behind it
42' Koulibaly gets away with one as the ball bounces up off his hand. Mr Valeri waves play on
37' Napoli break, Callejon centres and Miranda clears the ball
33' Handanovic makes a fine save to deny Gabbiadini who was, however, offside
31' Telles fouls Allan on the right flank
26' Strinic cuts it back for Callejon who steers it towards the far corner. Handanovic with a really smart stop
25' Nice move from the Nerazzurri, the ball breaks for Kondogbia and his left-footed effort is blocked by a huddle of Napoli players
22' Nagatomo crosses for Jovetic, the home defence clears
18' Jovetic releases Ljajic who drives into the box and is just halted before letting fly
13' Handanovic pushes away Mertens' dangerous curling effort
6' Perisic crosses it low but Reina is out to beat Jovetic to the ball
4' Mertens feeds it through to David Lopez. Handanovic is out quickly to collect
1' We're underway at the San Paolo
1' Ready to go at the San Paolo. Napoli v Inter in the Coppa Italia is just moments away
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50' Full time! Inter beat Napoli 2-0 to take their place in the Coppa Italia semi-finals
49' Handanovic produces a wonder save to keep out Higuain
48' Mancini is sent from the Nerazzurri dugout after a spat with Sarri
47' GOAL FOR INTER! Ljajic races clear from his own half before beating Reina to double the lead. We're nearly through!
45' There will be five minutes of added time
44' Mertens dives in the box and earns a second yellow. Napoli down to ten men
42' The Nerazzurri replaced Medel with Felipe Melo
40' Handanovic saves Mertens' savage shot with his knee before collecting the ball at the second attempt
38' Higuain heads Mertens' cross wide
37' Ljajic works a shooting angle down the left and fires into the side-netting
35' Higuain is booked for dissent
34' Mertens is cautioned for a cynical challenge
30' GOAL FOR INTER! Medel wins the ball back and feeds Jovetic who curls it past Reina from the edge of the box
28' Mancini throws on Palacio in the place of Perisic
26' Final change for Sarri. Higuain is on for Gabbiadini
25' Valdifiori is cautioned for flooring Biabiany
21' Jorginho replaces David Lopez in the hosts' second switch
21' Telles' cross is deflected by Hysaj to Medel at the back post. The Chilean shoots over
18' David Lopez is forced off for treatment with a cut to the face
17' Jovetic's shot dips awkwardly in front of Reina who catches the ball
16' Biabiany sees off three challenges and travels 60 yards to win a corner
14' Hamsik replaces Allan
10' Handanovic gets everything behind Mertens' shot
7' Nagatomo crosses and Perisic's header is blocked by the Napoli defence
6' Strinic upends Biabiany on the edge of the box. Free-kick from a good position for Inter
3' Miranda goes into the book after clipping Gabbiadini from behind
1' The second half is underway with both sides unchanged
Average rating 6.81
8 shots on target 4
3 shots off target 2
16 fouls committed 13
3 corners 1
5 offsides 4
45% ball possession 55%
wins(2) draws(4) defeats(2)
NAPLES - The Nerazzurri began with a 4-2-3-1 for their Coppa Italia quarter-final knockout tie at the San Paolo. Jovetic led the line ahead of the trio of Biabiany, Ljajic and Perisic. Napoli decided to leave out Serie A's leading marksman Gonzalo Higuain, opting instead for Gabbiadini.

Five minutes in, Perisic found space down the left and crossed low but Reina collected the ball. A few seconds later, Mertens tried unsuccessfully to catch out Handanovic from the halfway line. The match didn't get going, with Napoli failing to break into the Inter final third, while the Nerazzurri saw counter attacks from Biabiany and Perisic stifled.

On 13 minutes, Mertens rifled in a shot but Handanovic pushed the ball to safety. Five minutes later, Jovetic found Ljajic in the box whose effort was well blocked by Strinic. Inter continued to press high and midway through the first half Jovetic escaped Koulibaly and found Kondogbia on the edge of the box: the Frenchman's effort with his left was deflected as far as Nagatomo. Napoli then threatened Handanovic's goal a couple of minutes later, when Strinic cut the ball back for Callejon. Once again Inter's number one got down sharply.

Inter were nearly caught on the break on two occasions shortly before the interval: neither Callejon nor Mertens were able to get the right weight on the final ball to Gabbiadini, however. In the first instance, Miranda got across the front of his marker, while Telles cleared the second opportunity. Just before the break, Handanovic dropped to his right to keep out Gabbiadini's free-kick. The score was goalless at the break.

There were no changes for either side at the start of the second half. Inter kept the ball well but didn't create much in the opening five minutes. Then Biabiany won a free-kick from a good position and Alex Telles' effort caught the wall. Napoli woke up and started to put pressure on Inter, Mertens stinging the palms of Handanovic from the edge of the box. The tempo of the game dropped though Medel won possession back and found Ljajic, who kept the ball well before feeding Jovetic: the Montenegrin's powerful drive from just outside the area was straight at Reina who collected at the second attempt. On 65 minutes, Inter worked a good move with the ball eventually finding Medel at the back post: his volleyed effort went just over.

Inter broke the deadlock with a quarter of an hour to play. Medel won the ball back yet again and rolled it forward to Jovetic. He skipped passed Koulibaly and curled a wonderful strike past the motionless Reina from just outside the box. The hosts looked to respond with the newly-introduced duo of Hamsik and Higuain but it was Ljajic who went close, escaping down the left and drilling into the side-netting from a tight angle.

Higuain sent Inter a warning shot eight minutes from time, showing good movement to meet Mertens' cross with his head, though his effort finished off target. The Nerazzurri held firm and eventually punished the ten men of Napoli, a man light following Mertens' dismissal for a second yellow. Jovetic sent Ljajic running clear from inside his half and the Serbian had enough pace to hold off Chiriches, before showing the composure to send Reina the wrong way with the finish.

Handanovic would add another world-class save to his collection in stoppage time, acrobatically tipping over a fizzing shot from Higuain. But it would end in another clean sheet for Inter, who move into the last-four.

Napoli 0-2 Inter (HT: 0-0)
Scorers: Jovetic 75, Ljajic 90+1.

Napoli: 25 Reina; 2 Hysaj, 26 Koulibaly, 21 Chiriches, 3 Strinic; 5 Allan (17 Hamsik 58), 6 Valdifiori, 19 David Lopez (8 Jorginho 65); 7 Callejon, 23 Gabbiadini (9 Higuain 71), 14 Mertens.
Subs not used: 1 Rafael, 22 Gabriel, 8 Jorginho, 11 Maggio, 20 Deli, 24 Insigne, 26 Ghoulam, 33 Albiol, 77 El Kaddouri, 96 Luperto.
Coach: Maurizio Sarri.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 55 Nagatomo, 25 Miranda, 5 Juan Jesus, 12 Telles; 17 Medel (83 Felipe Melo 87), 7 Kondogbia; 11 Biabiany, 22 Ljajic, 44 Perisic (8 Palacio 73); 10 Jovetic.
Subs not used: 30 Carrizo, 9 Icardi, 14 Montoya, 21 Santon, 23 Ranocchia, 24 Murillo, 27 Gnoukouri, 33 D'Ambrosio, 77 Brozovic, 97 Manaj.
Coach: Roberto Mancini.

Booked: Miranda 46, Valdifiori 71, Mertens 79, Higuain 80.
Sent off: Mertens 88

Added time: 0+5 minutes.

Referee: Paolo Valeri.
Assistants: Giallantini & Passero
Fourth official: Di Bello.

starting lineups

Reina 25 1 Handanovic
Hysaj 2 55 Nagatomo
Koulibaly 26 25 Miranda
Chiriches 21 5 Jesus
Strinic 3 12 Telles
Allan 5 17 Medel
Valdifiori 6 7 Kondogbia
David Lopez 19 11 Biabiany
Callejon 7 22 Ljajic
Gabbiadini 23 44 Perisic
Mertens 14 10 Jovetic


Rafael 1 30 Carrizo
Gabriel 22 8 Palacio
Jorginho 8 9 Icardi
Higuain 9 14 Montoya
Maggio 11 21 Santon
Hamsik 17 23 Ranocchia
Deli 20 24 Murillo
Insigne 24 27 Gnoukouri
Ghoulam 26 33 D'Ambrosio
Albiol 33 77 Brozovic
El Kaddouri 77 83 Melo
Luperto 96 97 Manaj