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4 vs 2
Played
December 16, 2013 1:15 AM IST
Stadio San Paolo — Napoli
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 42555‎
 
Top of the Match
Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens
Napoli
Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens
Napoli
Flop of the Match
Andrea Ranocchia
Andrea Ranocchia
Inter
Ricardo Álvarez
Ricardo Álvarez
Inter

Napoli 4-2 Inter: Mazzarri return ends in defeat

The Partenopei ensured their former coach left the Stadio San Paolo with nothing after Rafa Benitez's side emerged victors in a six-goal thriller

Blerim Dzemaili Napoli Inter Serie A
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Walter Mazzarri's return to Napoli ended in defeat as Inter were beaten 4-2 in Naples on Sunday.

Rafael Benitez's side were consigned to a place in the Europa League in midweek despite beating Arsenal 2-0, but they showed an excellent response to that heartbreak.

All five goals came in a frantic first half in former Napoli coach Mazzarri's first return to the Stadio San Paolo since he departed for Inter in May.

Gonzalo Higuain opened the scoring with his 12th goal of the season, but Esteban Cambiasso levelled before Dries Mertens and Blerim Dzemaili struck in the space of two minutes to stun Inter.

Yuto Nagatomo pulled a goal back just before half-time, but Ricky Alvarez was sent off for a second bookable offence as Mazzarri’s side suffered their first defeat in 10 games,

The win was wrapped up by Jose Callejon’s late effort, while Samir Handanovic magnificently saved former Inter striker Goran Pandev's penalty in the dying embers of the game.

Victory for Napoli moved them just two points behind second-placed Roma, who play Milan on Monday and gave Benitez a win against one of his former employers.

Rodrigo Palacio squandered a golden opportunity to put Inter in front after five minutes when he inexplicably headed over the bar from close range.

And he was made to pay for that miss four minutes later, when Nagatomo's poor defensive header looped up nicely for Higuain and the Argentina striker let fly with a left-foot volley.

Insigne then rattled the post with a well-struck drive when he was set up by Mertens after 26 minutes, but Inter levelled shortly after.

Fredy Guarin put in a cross from the right on 34 minutes which was dummied by Palacio and helped on by Alvarez for Cambiasso, who finished clinically with his left foot.

Napoli then hit back with two goals in as many minutes. First Mertens raced forward to smash home a loose ball after Dzemaili had surged through the midfield 39 minutes in.

And Switzerland international Dzemail chipped in with a goal of his own from close range, two minutes later, after Samir Handovic could only push Mertens' shot into his path.

Inter refused to lie down and they were given a lifeline in first-half stoppage time as Guarin fired across the face of goal, where Nagatomo was on hand to provide a simple finish.

Callejon fired just wide and Rafael denied Guarin from close-range as Napoli turned the screw after the break.

Inter's hopes of salvaging anything looked remote when Alvarez was shown a second yellow card for handball with 19 minutes remaining.

And Napoli duly sealed the points nine minutes from time when Callejon turned home from close range, although Handanovic kept the margin of defeat at two goals by saving a Pandev penalty in injury-time.



Napoli

1
Rafael
Goalkeeper
3.50
13
2.50
21
3.00
33
Raúl Albiol
Defender
2.50
11
Christian Maggio
Midfielder
2.50
20
Blerim Dzemaili
Midfielder
39′ 41′
3.50
88
Gökhan Inler
Midfielder
32′
3.00
7
3.00
9
3.50
14
Dries Mertens
Striker
39′ 85′
4.00
24
Lorenzo Insigne
Midfielder
29′ 81′
3.50

Inter

2.50
1
3.00
2
Jonathan
Defender
3.00
14
2.00
23
3.00
35
Rolando
Defender
3.00
55
3.50
11
4.00
13
Fredy Guarín
Midfielder
3.50
19
3.00
21
Saphir Taider
Midfielder
61′
3.50
8

Substitutes

25
Pepe Reina
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
 - 
3
Bruno Uvini
Defender
 - 
5
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
13
Davide Bariti
Midfielder
 - 
22
 - 
85
Valon Behrami
Midfielder
78′
 - 
19
2.00
91
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
30
Pablo Carrizo
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
 - 
4
 - 
5
Juan Jesus
Defender
 - 
6
 - 
18
Wallace
Defender
 - 
11
Á. Pereira
Midfielder
2.50
10
 - 
16
Gaby Mudingayi
Midfielder
 - 
17
 - 
39
 - 
9

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0