Final score

11 March 2018 20:45

Inter
0 - 0
Napoli
referee Daniele Orsato / linesmen Di Fiore, Manganelli / 4th man Banti / assistants Massa, Giallatini
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46' A fast-paced first half comes to a close here at the Meazza, with Inter vs. Napoli still tied at 0-0
45' One minute of added to be played
41' Koulibaly defends well once again to halt threatening play from the Inter attack
39' Gagliardini shown a yellow card after a tough foul on Mertens
38' A poor pass from Koulibaly gifts Inter a wonderful chance, although Perisic cannot find Icardi with the cross
37' Great play from the Nerazzurri, with Candreva easily beating Mario Rio and then firing a powerful effort just past the post
34' The Napoli defence intercept after Rafinha skips past Mario Rui and tries to find Icardi
32' Wasted chance for Napoli as Callejon slips following a pass from Insigne
27' Great play between Perisic and Rafinha down the left, before the latter's cross then fails to a find a teammate in the area
25' Insigne attempts a cross but Miranda reads the ball and heads clear
18' A rebound doesn't fall too kindly for Icardi and Reina comes to out regain possession for his side
17' Allan brings Icardi down in cynical fashion and is unsurprisingly shown a booking
14' Handanovic comfortably keeps out a soft strike from Hamsik
13' Candreva whips in a cross for Perisic, although it's just slightly overhit
10' It's been a high-tempo opening here at the Meazza but the scores still remain level
6' Play is brought to a halt while Antonio Candreva receives treatment
3' Insigne tries his luck from distance but fails to find the target
1' The Nerazzurri are awarded an early free kick in a dangerous area after Gagliardini is brought down by Jorginho
1' And we're off for Inter vs. Napoli! Come on!!
1' The entire stadium holds a minute's silence in memory of Gian Marco Moratti and Davide Astori just prior to kick off
1' A quick recap of Spalletti's starting XI ahead of tonight's decisive league encounter: Handanovic; Cancelo, Skriniar, Miranda, D'Ambrosio; Brozovic, Gagliardini, Rafinha; Candreva, Icardi, Perisic
1' We're all set at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, as Inter and Napoli prepare to face off in their week 28 Serie A fixture
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48' And it ends 0-0 here at the Meazza, with Inter earning themselves a well-earned point against Napoli
45' Three minutes of injury time added on
44' Final change for Napoli, with Rog replacing Allan
41' Both teams make more substitutions, with Karamoh replacing Perisic and Milik coming on for Mertens
38' The referee awards Inter a free-kick following a hand ball from Albiol
35' A great block from Skriniar puts an effort from Insigne out for a corner
33' Borja Valero takes the place of Candreva for Inter's second substitution
32' Icardi and Eder link up well outside the area, with the latter's left-footed strike fired straight at Reina
30' Both sides make continuous mistakes with possession changing hands at will
26' Sarri's first substitution sees Zielinksi replace Hamsik
25' Great vision from Brozovic to find Eder, whose lack of control hands possession back to Napoli
22' Insigne races into the home side's penalty area but sees his chipped effort sail over
19' Spalletti makes his first change, with Rafinha making way for Eder
16' Insigne booked after bringing down Skriniar
15' Inter press hard and force Koulibaly into making a double stop
12' Icardi applauds Candreva after an ambitious ball just goes long of the Nerazzurri captain
8' Koulibaly very nearly puts the ball into his own net after turning a cross from Candreva behind
7' Insigne flashes a long-range curling effort just inches wide of the post
3' Post!!! A fantastic free-kick from Cancelo is headed onto the woodwork by Skriniar
1' The second half starts with no changes for either side

Handanovic
5.78
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Icardi
5.33
5.33
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D'Ambrosio
5.38
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Brozovic
7.1
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Miranda
6.47
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Perisic
3.94
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Eder
3.69
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Candreva
5.86
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Gagliardini
6.47
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Skriniar
7.89
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Valero
5.82
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Cancelo
6.12
6.12
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Karamoh
5.61
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Alcantara
6.24
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1 shots on target 2
2 shots off target 7
9 fouls committed 10
2 corners 3
4 offsides 3
35% ball possession 65%

Inter have won only one of their last 10 Serie A meetings against Napoli (D4 L5), failing to score in the last three.

However, the Nerazzurri have scored 2+ goals in 11 of their last 14 home league matches against Napoli.

Inter are unbeaten in their last five league games at the San Siro, recording three draws and two wins (vs Bologna and Benevento).

Napoli’s defeat against AS Roma (700th loss in Serie A) last time out ended a run of 10 consecutive wins in Serie A.

Napoli are unbeaten in their last 26 away Serie A matches (record for the club), while they haven’t conceded in any of the last four - only in 2015 have the Partenopei kept five away clean sheets in a row in the top-flight.

Napoli have fired 7.2 shots on target per game in Serie A this season: only Real Madrid, Manchester City and Barcelona average more in the Top-5 European Leagues.

Inter have conceded the fewest league goals in the opening 30 minutes in Serie A this season (3), whilst Napoli have conceded 58% of their goals in the same period – the highest percentage in Serie A this season.

Éder has scored five goals in 14 league games against Napoli; only against Udinese (eight) has he netted more goals. However, he is yet to win a game against the Partenopei in the top-flight (D5 L9).

No player has delivered more assists than Antonio Candreva and Lorenzo Insigne (eight each) in Serie A this season.

wins(49) draws(17) defeats(9)
MILAN – In the late match of the 28th round of Serie A Tim fixtures, Inter returned to action against Napoli following the tragic passing of Davide Astori who was commemorated along with Gian Marco Morattti with a minute’s silence before kick-off. 60,000 fans were in attendance at San Siro for the 110th anniversary of the club. As in the reverse fixture, the match finished goalless after 90 intense minutes. 
 
The first half was characterised by great balance on the pitch. Three minutes in, Insigne looked to surprise Handanovic with an effort from distance but the ball went wide. 15 minutes in, Callejon played the ball to Hamsik in the box but the Slovakian’s right-foot effort was weak and simple for the Nerazzurri’s goalkeeper to deal with. Hamsik tried again on 25 minutes with a left-foot strike from range that missed the target. Inter were in the match, fighting for every ball and caused a problem for Napoli on 37 minutes. Candreva received the ball from Rafinha, he cut in from the right and let fly with a powerful left-foot strike that went just wide of the post. Less than a minute later, Inter pushed forward again. Perisic won the ball high and delivered a weak cross that Koulibaly intercepted before Mauro Icardi could reach it. The sides therefore went into the break with the score goalless after a very tactical half played at a good rhythm by both sides.
 
The second half began with no changes for either side and Inter on the front foot. In fact, Inter went extremely close to taking the lead in the 48th minute, as a free kick from Cancelo found Skriniar, whose header rebounded back off the post. Napoli soon responded through Insigne in the 52nd minute, although his fierce right-foot effort just flew wide. Inter’s next chance came through Koulibaly, who very nearly put the ball into his own net whilst dealing with a Candreva cross. The game’s high-tempo play continued as the second half wore on, with the Partenopei’s Insigne just missing the target with a close-range chip in the 67th minute. Not long after replacing Rafinha, Eder lost possession in a good spot which allowed Napoli to break. The ball eventually fell to Mertens outside the area but his low drive missed the target. With an extra partner up front, Icardi began to see more of the ball and linked up well with Eder, with the latter trying his luck with a fierce strike in the 78th minute. Luciano Spalletti soon sent on Borja Valero and Karamoh (for Candreva and Perisic respectively) to help his side find a potential winner, although neither team could ultimately break the deadlock. Orsato blew his whistle in the 93rd minute, ensuring that Inter vs. Napoli finished 0-0.
 
Luciano Spalletti’s side now move up to 52 points in the league standings, sitting one point off Lazio and four from Roma. However, the Nerazzurri do have a game in hand. Inter will now be back in action at 12:30 CET next Sunday, taking on Sampdoria and hoping to push on in their quest for Champions League football. #ForzaInter forever!
 
 
INTER 0-0 NAPOLI
 
INTER: 1 Handanovic; 7 Cancelo, 37 Skriniar, 25 Miranda, 33 D'Ambrosio; 77 Brozovic, 5 Gagliardini; 87 Candreva (78' 20 B. Valero), 8 Rafinha (64' 23 Eder), 44 Perisic (86' 17 Karamoh); 9 Icardi
Substitutes: 27 Padelli, 46 Berni, 2 Lisandro, 11 Vecino, 13 Ranocchia, 21 Santon, 29 Dalbert
Coach: Luciano Spalletti
 
NAPOLI: 25 Reina; 23 Hysaj, 26 Koulibaly, 33 Albiol, 6 Mario Rui; 5 Allan (89' 30 Rog), 8 Jorginho, 17 Hamsik (70' 20 Zielinski); 7 Callejon, 14 Mertens (86' 99 Milik), 24 Insigne
Substitutes: 1 Rafael, 22 Sepe, 11 Maggio, 19 Milic, 27 Machach, 37 Ounas, 42 Diawara, 62 Tonelli
Coach: Maurizio Sarri
 
Bookings: Allan (N), Gagliardini (I), Insigne (I), Hysaj (N)
 
Added time: 1' + 3'
 
Referee: Orsato
Assistants: Di Fiore, Manganelli
Fourth Official: Banti
VAR operators: Massa, Giallatini

starting lineups

Handanovic 1 25 Reina
Cancelo 7 23 Hysaj
Skriniar 37 33 Albiol
Miranda 25 26 Koulibaly
D'Ambrosio 33 6 Mario Rui
Brozovic 77 5 Allan
Gagliardini 5 8 Jorginho
Alcantara 8 17 Hamsik
Candreva 87 7 Callejon
Icardi 9 14 Mertens
Perisic 44 24 Insigne

substitutes

Padelli 27 1 Rafael
Berni 46 22 Sepe
Lopez 2 11 Maggio
Vecino 11 19 Milic
Ranocchia 13 20 Zielinski
Karamoh 17 27 Machach
Valero 20 30 Rog
Santon 21 37 Ounas
Eder 23 42 Diawara
Dalbert 29 62 Tonelli
99 Milik

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