Final score

21 October 2017 20:45

0 - 0
Referee: Luca Banti / Linesmen: Meli, Manganelli / Fourth official: Irrati / Assistants: Rocchi, Pinzani
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45' Half time here at the Stadio San Paolo, with Napoli vs. Inter still goalless after an intense opening 45 minutes
41' So close for Inter!! Borja Valero finds space in the opposition area, although his half-volley is miraculously saved by Reina
40' Following a fine pass from Vecino, Icardi spins away from the Napoli defence and forces a strong save from Reina at the near post
38' Kouliably fails to find the target after stealing possession from Skiniar high up the pitch
35' A wayward cross from Candreva fails to find Perisic at the back post
34' Hamsik spots Insigne drifting off D'Ambrosio, whose subsequent close-range header is calmly saved by Handanovic
33' Nagatomo heads clear after a cross from Hamsik
30' Nagatomo pumps for the ball forward for Icardi, although the linesman raises his flag for offside
26' A right-sided cross from Candreva finds Perisic at the back post, whose following header sails high over the crossbar
25' Icardi plays in Perisic on the counter-attack, with Albiol tracking back to put the ball out of play
21' The Napoli defence trigger a counter-attack after Icardi fails to threaten with his first sight of goal
20' Marvellous double save from Handanovic, who initially keeps out a powerful strike from Callejon, before then halting a tap-in from Mertens
18' Napoli awarded a corner, although an Albiol foul on Gagliardini dispels any danger
16' Hamsik plays in Insigne, whose subsequent shot doesn't trouble Handanovic
11' D'Ambrosio tries his luck after some great work from Candreva, although his strike flies way over the crossbar
10' Gaglardini tries his luck from outside the area, with his shot deflecting out for a corner off Jorginho
8' Double chance for Perisic following a counter-attack from Borja Valero, with the Napoli defence doing well to deal with the danger
7' Ghoulam races down the left, although his cross fails to find a teammate
5' Insigne sets up Hamsik just outside the box, with the latter's strike flying wide of the post
2' Ghoulam and Hamsik try to link up just outside the away side's penalty area, although the ball eventually falls to Handanovic
1' Banti blows his whistle and we are now underway!! Come on lads!!! #ForzaInter
1' Almost ready for kick-off here, with both teams holding a minute's silence in memory of Giuseppe Massa
1' Following our #DerbyMilano success, coach Spalletti has once again opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Mauro Icardi leading the line. Napoli are playing with their usual 4-3-3 consisting of Callejon, Mertens and Insigne up top
1' A fiery atmosphere awaits Inter at the Stadio San Paolo tonight, as we prepare to take on Napoli in our matchday nine Serie A encounter
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48' It's all over here at the Stadio San Paolo, with neither side able to break the deadlock during a hard-fought 0-0 draw. Napoli consequently remain at the top while Inter stay second
47' Inevitable booking for Koulibaly who brings down Eder on the counter-attack
45' Yet another decisive save from Handanovic who keeps out a close-range effort from Mertens
44' Three minutes of added time to be played
44' Cancelo stopped in his tracks down the right flank
42' Third change for the Nerazzurri, with Eder replacing Icardi
38' Spalletti sends on his second substitution, with Cancelo replacing Candreva
35' Final change from Sarri, who brings on Ounas for Insigne
33' D'Ambrosio plays in Candreva down the right, although he fails to find Perisic and Hysaj turns it out for a corner
32' Joao Mario fires in a long-range effort, with Reina remaining calm as the ball rolls wide of the post
31' Second substitution for the home side, with Rog replacing Allan
30' Insigne skips free of the Inter defence, sending his curling effort just wide of Handanovic's post
27' Reina dispels any danger following a corner kick from Joao Mario
26' Both teams make their first changes of the match. Joao Mario replaces Borja Valero, while Sarri brings on Zielinski for Hamsik
21' Miranda shown a yellow card following a foul on Mertens
20' Icardi shows his strength against Hysaj on the counter-attack, only for Banti to call a foul against the Nerazzurri captain
19' Insigne misses the target once again after some tricky build-up play from Mertens
17' Insigne darts down the left flank but his wayward effort sails high over the crossbar
16' A corner from Candreva falls to Nagatomo on the edge of the box, but a block takes the sting out his well-taken effort
13' D'Ambrosio slides in Candreva in the Napoli penalty area, although the latter's cross heads straight out of play
10' Callejon nods the ball into the path of Hamsik, whose resulting shot sneaks wide of the post
8' Reina reads the ball well to collect a cross from Candreva
3' Great chance for Inter!! Vecino breaks away and skips past Reina, before his resulting cross-come-shot is headed off the line by Albiol
2' Risky play from Koulibaly at the back, who gets lucky despite pressure from the Inter attack
1' No changes for either side as the hosts get the ball rolling for the second half!

Joao Mario
Average rating 6.8
3 shots on target 2
8 shots off target 7
9 fouls committed 9
5 corners 7
0 offsides 2
62% ball possession 38%

Inter have won only one of their last nine Serie A games against Napoli (D3 L5).

Inter’s last win at the San Paolo was in October 1997 – since then the hosts have won eight times, drawing three.

Inter have won only one of their last nine Serie A games against Napoli (D3 L5): their last win at the San Paolo was in October 1997 – since then the hosts have won eight times, drawing three.

Inter are unbeaten in their last 10 league fixtures (W9 D1) – their best run in Serie A since September 2010.

This is the first time ever that the top-two sides combined have a total of 46 points after eight rounds in Serie A (Napoli 24 and Inter 22).

The top-nine players with the most passes completed in this competition belong to either Napoli or Inter.

Mauro Icardi has netted two goals against Napoli in Serie A. He has averaged a goal every 20 touches in this campaign – the best ratio amongst those who’ve scored at least five goals in Europe’s top-5 leagues this term.

Napoli are on a run of 13 consecutive wins in Serie A between this and last season – only Juventus (15) and Inter (17) have done better in the top-flight.

wins(20) draws(22) defeats(39)

starting lineups

Reina 25 1 Handanovic
Hysaj 23 33 D'Ambrosio
Albiol 33 37 Skriniar
Koulibaly 26 25 Miranda
Ghoulam 31 55 Nagatomo
Allan 5 5 Gagliardini
Jorginho 8 11 Vecino
Hamsik 17 87 Candreva
Callejon 7 20 Valero
Mertens 14 44 Perisic
Insigne 24 9 Icardi


Rafael 1 27 Padelli
Sepe 22 46 Berni
Mario Rui 6 7 Cancelo
Maggio 11 10 Joao Mario
Giaccherini 15 13 Ranocchia
Maksimovic 19 17 Karamoh
Zielinski 20 21 Santon
Chiriches 21 23 Eder
Rog 30 29 Estevão
Ounas 37 99 Pinamonti
Diawara 42

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