Inter - Napoli

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Serie A

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Serie A


FT | For the second time this season a fascinating encounter between these two tactically astute managers has ended in a goalless draw. Napoli saw plenty of the ball but just couldn't break down Inter's well-organised back line, which remained impressively compact throughout.

'82 | Huge opportunity for Insigne! Inter aren't able to clear the danger from the edge of their own penalty area and allow Insigne to get a shot away, but he leans back slightly too far and sends a thumping strike a few yards over the crossbar.

'75 | Allan is presented with another golden opportunity to send a pass into the penalty area and towards the marauding Callejon, but he totally mishits his attempted through-ball and sends it straight into the feet of Joao Miranda.

'70 | Almost a massive opportunity for Eder! Napoli are pushing more bodies forward now, and it's leaving them exposed at the back. Brozovic darts through the middle of the pitch and pokes the ball over to Eder, who looks set to shoot from inside the penalty area but lets himself down with a poor first touch.

'67 | Huge chance for Insigne to open the scoring! The forward is able to break through the Inter back line for one of the first times this evening and takes on Handanovic, but he gets his chipped finish all wrong and sends it onto the roof of the net.

'55 | Mertens is clipped from behind by Gagliardini, resulting in a free-kick for Napoli in a very dangerous position 25 yards away from goal. Insigne steps up and shoots, but his strike is fired straight at the Inter wall.

'52 | Almost an own-goal from Koulibaly! A curling cross from Candreva flies into the heart of the Napoli penalty area and should be cleared by Koulibaly, but a terrible attempted clearance from the centre-back sends the ball spinning into the side-netting.

'48 | OFF THE POST! | Skriniar hits the post! Joao Cancelo, who is now operating over on the left wing, cuts inside and wins the home side an early free-kick. It's curled into the box and picks out Skriniar, who rises high and beats Reina with a downward header that smashes the woodwork.

'46 | We are back underway in the second half!

HT | This game has the feel of an old school Serie A contest, and it's been fascinating to watch. Inter have remained resolute and well-organised at the back, where they've made it difficult for Napoli to find any space between the lines. At the other end, the home side have counter-attacked well on a few occasions, but bar a decent strike from Candreva, they're yet to cause too many problems for Reina.

'45+1 | Almost a costly mistake by Rui! The full-back is put under pressure by Candreva and pokes a nervy pass back to Reina. It's underhit and causes problems for the goalkeeper, who is just about able to thump the ball away from danger ahead of the onrushing Candreva.

'40 | Icardi does well to hold up the ball inside the box before spinning and knocking it back to Candreva. The winger then picks out Perisic with a looping cross over to the far post, but he can't do anything with it as Koulibaly is there again to clear the danger.

'34 | Inter do well to push forward down the right wing, where Candreva wins them a throw-in near to the corner flag. It's sent short and eventually worked over to Brozovic, who sends a pass over to Perisic that is underhit and picked up by Hysaj.

'25 | Hamsik splits the Inter defence with a clever pass, and it manages to find Insigne inside the penalty area. He does well to keep the ball in play before chipping a cross towards Mertens, but Joao Miranda is there to head the ball away from danger.

'16 | Chance for Hamsik! Callejon is left in acres of space over on the right wing, allowing him to latch onto a clever pass before cutting the ball back to Hamsik. The captain quickly shoots from the edge of the box, but his strike is underhit and easily saved by Handanovic.

'12 | A great cross-field pass flies over to the right wing and manages to find Candreva. He does well to get the better of Rui before sending a cross into the penalty area, but it's overhit and can't pick out Icardi in front of goal.

'4 | It's been a really open start to the game, with both sides pushing hard in the middle of the pitch. Napoli win the ball back in a promising position and Insigne shoots from 30 yards out, but Handanovic is able to watch the ball sail a few yards wide of the goal.

KICK OFF | We're off! 

XI Inter | Handanovic; Cancelo, Skriniar, Miranda, D'Ambrosio; Brozovic, Gagliardini; Candreva, Rafinha, Perisic; Icardi.

XI Napoli | Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne.