Inter vs Napoli (0-0) Full Match – Serie A – 11.3.2018
Napoli missed out on the chance to return to the top of Serie A following a frustrating 0-0 draw with Inter Milan on Sunday evening. With Juventus comfortably winning 2-0 against Udinese, Maurizio Sarri’s needed an away victory at the San Siro but came up against an Inter side who seemed content to frustrate the champions-elect.
The first half saw Napoli dominate the ball, and the chances as Inter elect to sit deep for long stretches of the opening 45 minutes. With the tie just 15 minutes old, Napoli midfielder Allan went on a lung-bursting run beating several Inter defenders in the box. However, the ball got stuck under his feet at the crucial moment and Inter rallied to clear the ball. Whilst the home side, who had barely any possession throughout the contest had to make do with long shots on their rare foray’s forward. Winger Antonio Candreva’s drilled effort had Napoli keeper Reina scrambling, but ultimately the shot went wide. It proved to be Inter’s only shot of the half, which ended 0-0.
Napoli, desperate to return to top-spot upped the tempo in the second half. Insigne and Mertens sprung into life, with shots from distance, however, the Inter backline was well marshalled and shut down the threat from the duo. Just past the hour mark the pair combined to create Napoli’s best chance of the game. A pinpoint ball from Mertens found Insigne, who scooped the ball over Handanovič. However, his shot was just over, annoyingly landing on the roof of the net.
Heading into the final moments of the tie, Napoli desperately pushed for a winner. However, Inter had other ideas, cynically breaking up the play with persistent fouls more than content to settle for the point. Napoli may rue this game come the end of the season, and now it seems that it is advantage Juventus in the race for the Serie A title.