Inter live Nightmare at the San Paulo as Inter drop to forth #160

Score: Inter Milan 1 Napoli 4FT

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Inter Milan 4 Napoli 1
San Paolo
Napoli Italy

Following their win againast Cheivo Inter travel to take on Napoli has the season finally comes to a difinative close. Napoli themselves are coming off a win themselves against SPAL. The last time these two sides faced each other Inter won the match 1-0. But overall each side has two wins each along with two draws in their last six matches. In this match for Inter their next two matches are must wins as third place is still up for grabs as Atalanta sit one point behind them and don’t show signs of going down quietly. Napoli however are just looking to add points to their total as second place for them is secured. Inter have their work cut out for them in this match as Napoli behind Juventus are one of the more solid clubs in the league. Overall Napoli are strong in all offesnive aspects but where Inter and them both stuggle is winning the ball in the air which is where they’re pretty much even. But where Inter can slow down their chances is utilizing their weakness of the being caught offside to their adavntage by playing the offside trap. They will also need to finsih their scoring chances along with maintaining possession of the ball. Defensive wise they need to block Napolis chances has they will hard press most of the match along with stealing the ball. This match maybe a potential loss but hoepfully that doesn’t become the case. In the first half Inter took hold of possession while both sides were evenly matched in scoring chances. Minutes into the half Napoli broke the deadlock as Zielinski finding the back of the net making it 1-0. In the next half Napoli would add insult to injury with goals coming from Mertens and two goals coming from Ruiz. But Inter wasn’t going to let this match be a shutout as Icardi converts a penalty with that the match ends in a 4-1 loss. With that the fight for third will all come down to the final match next week.

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Inter in this match stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation. In goal is none other than the captain Handanovic who is the winner of the golden glove as he has seventeen clean sheets where his nearest threat has only fourteen. On the defense on left back is Asomah. In the middle is Skriniar who has resigned a new contract until the season 2023 this is great news as he continues to be a vital part to Inter’s defense. Next to him is Miranda who is replacing an injured Devrij. Then on the far right is D’Ambrosio. On the defensive midfield is the pairing of Brozovic and Gagliardini. On the attacking side of the spectrum on the left wing is Perisic who has been hit and miss but overall he is doing well by creating chances and helping others with theirs. In the middle is the ninja Radja who started out hot but has slowly fizzled out as the season progressed. Then capping them off is Politano who Inter need to sign in the mercato. Then up top is Martinez. This lineup is terrible but with limited options it’s all they’ve got.

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After final preparations and the formations coming out this match gets underway. Three minutes into the match Napoli looked to get on the board as Mertens from the center of the box takes a strike after being set up with a cross from Malcuit but the ball goes over the crossbar. Minutes later Inter get their first chance of the match as Radja takes a shot from outside the box but it gets blocked. Milik near the fifteen minute mark takes a shot from outside the box but the ball goes past the upper left nineties. Minutes later Napoli break the stalemate as Zielinski lands a shot from outside of the box into the top left corner of the goal which puts them up 1-0. But shortly after Inter looked to bring things back on even terms as Perisic lands a shot but the ball goes over the crossbar. Mertens after the twenty minute mark looked to add to their lead with a strike from outside the box but Handanovic saves it in the lower right corner. This is followed seconds later with a shot from Malcuit but the ball goes over the crossbar on the right hand side. Napoli in this match despite Inter dominating the possession have been all over them in the creating and finishing scoring chances aspect. Faouzi from a close range takes a left footed shot but the ball goes to the left of the goal. Martinez with eight minutes to play in the half from the center of the box connects a shot which is saved in the center of the goal. Minutes later Radja takes a shot which misses over the crossbar. In the final minute Inter would have one final chance to bring things back on level as Politano misses a shot from outside the box with that this half ends with Napoli in the lead. If Inter don’t wake up this match will be lights out and third place being in double jeopardy.

 

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In the first minute of the second half Inter making their first subbing of the match as Icardi comes on for Politano. Miranda a minute later misses a header from the center of the box as the ball goes to the left of the goal. Minutes later Martinez takes a shot from the center of the box but the attempt gets blocked. Allan of Napoli moments later misses a shot from outside the box as the ball goes past the top right corner. A minute later Inter make their second subbing of the match as Vecino comes on for Gagliardini. Napoli minutes later added to their lead as Mertens takes a header from the center of the box as the ball lands in the center of the goal making it 2-0 to the home side. Icardi looked to put Inter on the board with a header but the ball goes to the left of the goal. Shortly after D’Ambrosio takes an attempt from the center of the box but it gets saved in the lower left corner of the goal. Inter have picked up the pace but is it to late for the visitors who are in the hunt for third? With twenty two minutes to go in this match Asomah gets a shot blocked from outside the box. Ruiz after the seventy minute mark lands a shot from the center of the box into the lower left corner of the goal making it 3-0 adding insult to injury. With twelve minutes to go Ruiz adds salt to the wounds as he lands a shot to the upper left corner of the goal. A minute later Inter make their last substitution of the match as Candreva comes on for Perisic. Minutes later Icardi draws a foul which grants Inter a penalty kick which is converted by Icardi as the ball lands into the lower right corner preventing this match from being a total shutout. In the final seconds of the match Inter looked to get another goal but his attempt is blocked with that the match ends as the fight for third will be decided in the final match of the season.

 

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This result was coming as they are a strong side at home as they predominantly do well there. That and they kept Inter at bay the whole match defensively. Offensive wise Inter dominated in the scoring chances and possession but they could not capitalize on them. Third place will all come down to next week as Inter and Atalanta are even on points so who knows how things will turn out in the last match of this long campaign. The man of the match goes to Mertens who did a great job scoring two goals and creating and finishing scoring chances along with assisting others when needed. Defensively he did a great job stealing the ball along with blocking Inter’s chances. In their final match of the season Inter take on relegation threatened Empoli who they beat at the start of the season. Empoli will not go down easily in this match as they really want to continue to stay in the top flight but Inter will make sure that doesn’t happen as they want to improve and finish in third place. Until the final one as always FORZA INTER.

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By the numbers

Inter Milan
Possession 56%
Shots 22
On target 6
Passes 596
Pass success 86%
Napoli
Possession 44%
Shots 14
On target 6
Passes 465
Pass success 82%

 

Top of the table
Juventus 28-6-3 90pts
Napoli 24-7-6 79pts
Atalanta 19-9-9 66pts
Inter Milan 19-9-9 66pts
Milan 18-11-8 65pts

 

Bottom of the table
Udinese 10-10-17 40pts
Empoli 10-8-19 38pts
Genoa 8-13-16 37pts
Frosinone 5-9-23 24pts
Cheivo 2-13-22 16pts

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