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Napoli 1-1 Inter

It ends all square after a tight, fiercely-contested game. Napoli made the perfect start when De Vrij fouled Osimhen and gave away a penalty.

Despite the referee’s oversight, a VAR check revealed that the incident was, in fact, a foul.

Insigne confidently fired in the penalty, and the hosts continued to pour forward in the opening 30 minutes.

Zielinski was unfortunate to hit the post, while Osimhen went close twice.

However, Inter remained in the game and capitalised instantly in the second half when Dzeko punished some hesitant defending to smash in from close range.

From there, both teams grew fearful of defeat and a tense final 30 minutes saw the game finish 1-1.

Starting Lineup:

NAPOLI (4-2-3-1): David Ospina;

Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Amir Rrahmani, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mario Rui;

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Stanislav Lobotka, Fabian;

Matteo Politano, Piotr Zielinski, Lorenzo Insigne;

Victor Osimhen.

 

SUBS: Alex Meret, Davide Marfella, Kevin Malcuit, Juan Jesus, Faouzi Ghoulam,

Alessandro Zanoli, Diego Demme, Eljif Elmas, Dries Mertens, Adam Ounas, Andrea Petagna.

 

INTER (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic;

Milan Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij, Federico Dimarco;

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Denzel Dumfries, Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Ivan Perisic;

Edin Dzeko, Lauturo Martinez.

 

SUBS: Alex Cordas, Ionut Radu, Aleksandar Kolarov, Andrea Ranocchia, Danilo D’Ambrosio,

Roberto Gagliardini, Arturo Vidal, Matteo Darmian, Alexis Sanchez, Franco Carboni, Felipe Caicedo.

Goals:

1-0. Napoli makes a dream start. Insigne steps up to take the penalty and confidently blasts it into the top left corner despite Handanovic guessing correctly.

1-1. Inter equalise early in the second half. Martinez sends in a speculative cross from the byline, and although Dzeko misses his initial header, it ricochets off Di Lorenzo and falls perfectly back at the striker’s feet.

Dzeko makes no mistake and thumps it in off the bar from close range.

Inter assistant Massimiliano Farris praised his team’s mentality and fitness levels after they came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at title rivals Napoli.

Nerazzurri coach Simone Inzaghi served a touchline ban in Naples after he and defender Alessandro Bastoni were shown red cards after the defending champions’ 2-1 derby defeat to Milan last week.

“The second-half performance says a great deal about the quality of this squad,” he told DAZN in the aftermath of the stalemate.

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“We had some regrets at half-time, but in the second half [we] showed a great reaction and mental strength in a fiery atmosphere.

“However, We smothered Napoli’s enthusiasm, and we could’ve won it at the end, but we’re content with a point here.”

Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti Hails Inter Display in Derby Draw.

“We don’t have the physicality that Inter do, but the match must also turn on possession of the ball,” he said in the post-game talk, as relayed by SempreInter.

“We had a team in front of us who could control the pitch and show all their qualities.

“They control the game well – they are Inter, and they’re the Italian champions. They’re the strongest team in Italy. They demonstrated it on the pitch and not just with words.”

So, where else do Napoli and Inter Milan go from here?

Napoli will be facing Barcelona in the Europa League. Meanwhile, Inter will host Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League.

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