M. De Sanctis
Rarely troubled throughout the encounter, as Inter failed to threaten his goal sufficiently. Probably won't have an easier match.
Despite his headgear, the tough-tackling Argentine was as imposing as ever in defence and had the better of Milito in the physical battle.
Slotted in seamlessly at the back alongside his fellow centre-backs, before being needlessly sent off for a studs-up challenge on Faraoni.
Important in organising his fellow defenders and was a commanding presence as per usual. His back line were caught out on the odd occasion, but were faced with nothing fatal.
Similarly to Zuniga, his powerful style of play saw him charge up and down the right flank in the first-half, but took his foot off the pedal after the break, although Nagatomo made sure of a nervy end.
The Uruguayan midfielder, along with Inler, dominated the centre of midfield with considerable ease, as he broke up Inter's attacks and did the dirty work with the minimal of fuss.
A rampant first half, which saw him give Faraoni the run-around, was followed by a quieter second in an attacking sense, but put in a strong defensive showing to ensure his team saw out the result.
Classy showing from the midfield general, who continues to get better and better in each and every game for Napoli. Elegant in possession, he acted as their deep-lying playmaker and displayed a fine passing range.
Replacing Hamsik was never an easy task, but the former Bolton man made it look just that. Frequently tested Julio Cesar and kept things ticking by ensuring Cavani and Lavezzi received regular service. Set up the winner with a great burst of pace and a visionary pass to go with it.
An unspectacular performance from the prolific hitman who tested the Inter back line on occasions, but failed to get onto the scoresheet. Not his finest 90 minutes.
The Argentine ran Inter ragged at times, with his explosive pace and eye for goal in full swing. Linked up with his fellow attackers admirably, including Dzemaili who played him in, before executing a wonderful curling finish.
Could do nothing about Lavezzi's strike but made a number of important saves for his team.
A difficult start to the match against Maggio meant the signs looked ominous for the Japanese full-back, but he started to look dangerous after the interval, with a handful of surging runs and balls into the box, one of which should have resulted in a winner from Pazzini.
Poor showing from the young Italian, who failed to deal with Zuniga and Lavezzi in the build-up to the goal. Pushed forward in the second half, but did not fare much better.
Had a tough night against Dzemaili, but made a couple of vital blocks. Nevertheless, he tried to push forward at times, but his offensive-minded style saw him out of position for Lavezzi's winner.
Their best defender, the burly Argentine stopper was solid and marked Cavani well over the 90 minutes.
Struggled to command authority in the centre of midfield, but looked to keep the ball at any given opportunity. Distributed well enough, but couldn't inspire his team towards an equaliser.
Lost the midfield battle along with his fellow midfielders and continues to struggle recreating the form from yesteryear.
A huge mistake to bring the Dutch wizard off in hindsight, and also when taking into account Inter's alarming lack of invention. He tried his best to orchestrate attacks in a scrappy first half, was but was eventually sacrificed for Pazzini.
Bar the odd wayward strike, the Serb looked out of his depth in the middle of the park and sorely overrun by the far fresher pairing of Gargano and Inler.
A spectator in the first 45 minutes, he ghosted through much of the time he was supposedly on the field of play and was deservedly replaced by Cordoba after the break.
Tried to make something happen in the final third, but the Napoli defence had the better of him and seemed isolated at times.
- 12 L. Castellazzi
Came on at half-time for Sneijder as Inter switched to three centre-backs, and slotted in well, putting in an honest shift.
Inter began to improve towards the end of the clash, mainly due to the driving force of the Sampdoria loanee, who provided a fresh impetus in the centre.
- 20 J. Obi
- 17 A. Palombo
- 28 M. Zárate
As ever, his movement and endeavour could not be questioned, but he looks totally shot of confidence, having fluffed a guilt-edged free header right at the death.