Inter Milan 3-2 Napoli: Simone Inzaghi's side stun the Serie A leaders

Inter Milan 3-2 Napoli: Simone Inzaghi’s side stun the Serie A leaders in thrilling, see-saw encounter to move four points behind Luciano Spalletti’s side

  • Pole Piotr Zielinski gave Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli side the lead at the San Siro 
  • But Hakan Calhanoglu and Ivan Perisic turned the game in Inter Milan’s favour 
  • Lautaro Martinez extended the lead, but sub Dries Mertens pulled one back

Inter Milan stunned Serie A leaders Napoli with a 3-2 win which ended their unbeaten start to the Serie A season in an entertaining five-goal thriller at the San Siro on Sunday evening which closes the gap to the leaders to four points.

The game was played at a ferocious pace, with Napoli storming into an early lead thanks to a powerful Piotr Zielinski strike in the 17th minute.

However, Inter did not let their heads drop, levelling through a Hakan Calhanoglu penalty eight minutes later. 

Lautaro Martinez scored the crucial third goal as Inter Milan beat leaders Napoli 3-2 on Sunday

Hakan Calhanoglu pulled Inter level after Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski smashed them into the lead

Ivan Perisic put the hosts ahead and Martinez struck, before Dries Mertens pulled one back

Croatian midfielder Ivan Perisic then completed the turnaround on the cusp of halftime.

Inter put themselves in command just after the hour mark, with Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez applying the finishing touch to a swift counter attack.

Dries Mertens got Napoli back into it with 12 minutes left, but it was not enough to prevent Luciano Spalletti’s leaders slipping to a first defeat in 13 Serie A games this term, as third-placed Inter laid down a marker in the title race.

More to follow.  

Match Facts: Inter Milan v Napoli

Inter Milan (3-5-2): Handanovic; Skriniar, Ranocchia, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella (Dimarco 75), Brozovic, Calhanoglu (Vidal 62), Perisic (Satriano 88); Correa (Dzeko 62), Martinez (Gagliardini 75).

Subs not used: Radu, Cordaz; Dumfries, Kolarov, D’Ambrosio, Vecino, Sensi.

Goals: Calhanoglu (P) 25, Perisic 44, Martinez 61, Dzeko 90+2.

Yellow cards: Calhanoglu 41, Vidal 72, Handanovic 84.

Manager: Simone Inzaghi. 

Napoli (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Rui; Anguissa, Ruiz; Lozano, Zielinski, Insigne (Mertens 75); Osimhen (Petagna 55).

Subs not used: Meret, Marfella; Malcuit, Jesus, Ghoulam, Elmas, Lobotka.

Goals: Zielinski 17, Mertens 78.

Yellow cards: Osimhen 10, Koulibaly 24, Rrahmani 35.

Manager: Luciano Spalletti.




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