Serie A: Inter 1:0 Napoli – preview, lineups, Live Commentary
Inter failed to take an away victory from Verona, the team tied with the championship outsider – Chievo (1:1). Before that, there was a minimal victory over Udinese (1:0), as well as a defeat from the principled opponent in the face of Juve (0:1).
At present, the team has 33 points, the gap is 8 points from second place where the upcoming opponent has 16 points less than Turin’s team.
Napoli are confidently taking second position and continuing their difficult struggle for climbing on top. There was only one loss of points, in the game against Chievo (0:0) in the last 5 matches.
The team won 4 battles, some of them can not be called easy, they fell on SPAL (1:0), Cagliari (1:0), Atalanta (2:1), Frosinone (4:0). Ancelotti’s squad is 8 points from the Old Lady, Napoli have 41 points.
Inter Milan midfielder Radja Nainggolan was suspended by his club for disciplinary reasons on Sunday, capping an unhappy year which also saw the Belgian call time on his international career after missing the World Cup.
Inter’s decision means that Nainggolan, who was also dropped by AS Roma at the start of this year, will miss Wednesday’s match when third-placed Inter host second-placed Napoli in Serie A.
What about Napoli, they haven’t lost last 10 battles since a defeat by Juventus (1:3) 3 months ago.
(Reporting by Dan McGlush, editing by Valerie Cooper)
90+5′ FULL-TIME! INTER 1:0 NAPOLI.
90+5′ Red card for Lorenzo Insigne.
90+2′ Yellow card for Lautaro Martínez due to removing the t-shirt.
90+1′ GOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! LAUTAROOOOO MARTINEEEEZ! Lautaro is a hero of this night. He made the spectators of San Sino very crazy! Inter 1:0 Napoli.
90′ 3 minutes of added time.
89′ UNREAL MOMENT by NAPOLI. Samir Handanovic helped his team three times. Moreover, he saved after good shot by Piotr Zielinski.
87′ Keita felt down in the box after a shot by Allan. But, without a penalty kick.
84′ Good Inter’s moment from the corner: Alex Meret saved after Icardi’s shot.
83′ Replacement: João Mário out, while Lautaro Martinez in.
81′ Koulibaly’s 2nd yellow card turned into red card. 2nd/RC.
80′ Yellow card for Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
78′ Mário Rui out, Faouzi Ghoulam in. So, Carlo will try to snatch a win.
76′ Both squad didn’t have a real moment for the last 10 minutes. So, the ball is on the field’s center.
74′ Sub. by Spalletti: Ivan Perišić out, Keita Baldé in.
70′ Anchelotti’s sub: Mertens in, Insigne out.
69′ STATS. Ball possession is almost equal: Inter – 51%, Napoli – 49%.
67′ Yellow card. It’s time for Napoli’s Raúl Albiol.
64′ Sub.: Matías Vecino in, while Borja Valero out.
60′ So slow game actions in the 2nd half. Maybe, both sides are tired.
58′ Spalletti is watching at his bench and wants to make a few replacements.
56′ Yellow card for the Neapolitans’ Allan.
52′ Yellow card for Inter’s Borja Valero. Callejon was the first on the ball, but Borja touched rival’s leg.
48′ Mateo Politano started an attack.
46′ 2ND HALF!
45+2′ HALF-TIME. INTER 0:0 NAPOLI.
45′ 2 minutes of added time.
45′ Inter want to find a moment, but Napoli’s defense are looking monolithic.
43′ ICARDIIIII! Mauro must score two times, but he didn’t do it… So amazing!
38′ João Mario struck his head after filing from the flank.
35′ STATS. Ball possession: Inter – 53%, Napoli – 47%.
31′ Disallowed goal! Inter earned a corner. Perisic scored a goal, but he was booked in offside. Paolo Mazzoleni asked VAR referees and showed a free kick.
29′ First yellow card in this battle goes to Marcelo Brozovic from Inter.
26′ Ancelotti is changing his line-up after this replacement.
24′ SUBS. Yes, the Slovak can’t continue the game. Marek went on the bench. So, Nikola Maksimović went on the field.
23′ It seems Hamsik got an injury.
22′ Spalletti’s squad tried to do fast counterattack. However, Perisic lost that moment.
21′ Free kick by Callejon, but he couldn’t make a moment.
19′ So dangerous moment by Inter’s defence, but Politano threw the ball to the middle.
16′ First shot by Insigne. Handanovic saved his club.
15′ STATS. The hosts made two times more passes than Napoli: 140 vs 78.
13′ Inter had a corner, but didn’t know what to do with the ball.
10′ It’s so dynamic and fast battle for the first 10 minutes.
8′ Both squads are showing pressing game, meeting on the rival’s part of the field.
5′ Perisic was blocked by Callejon, it’s just a corner for Inter.
3′ So, it’s a good chance for Napoli to have 6 points of difference with Juve, who didn’t manage to win against Atalanta (2:2).
1′ Inter are playing without Naiggolan and Miranda.
0′ Both teams are on the field and are ready to start!
IINTER (4-3-3): Samir Handanovic; Danilo D’Ambrosio, Stefan de Vrij, Milan Skriniar, Kwadwo Asamoah; Borja Valero, Marcelo Brozovic, Joao Mario; Matteo Politano, Mauro Icardi (c), Ivan Perisic.
SUBS: Antonio Candreva, Andrea Ranocchia, Lautaro Martinez, Daniele Padelli, Sime Vrsaljko, Roberto Gagliardini, Dalbert, Keita Balde Diao, Matías Vecino.
NAPOLI (4-4-2): Alex Meret; Jose Callejon, Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Piotr Zielinski, Allan, Marek Hamsik (c), Fabian Ruiz; Arkadiusz Milik, Lorenzo Insigne.
SUBS: Elseid Hysaj, Adam Ounas, Dries Mertens, Orestis Karnezis, Marko Rog, Amadou Diawara, Kevin Malcuit, Sebastiano Luperto, David Ospina, Simone Verdi, Faouzi Ghoulam, Nikola Maksimovic.
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni.