Unfortunate to see his penalty save count for nothing as Campagnaro turned in the rebound, but ran the risk of a red card himself when mindlessly charging at the referee seconds after seeing yellow for dissent. Easily beaten by the two second-half goals when exposed by his defenders.
Immediately stated his intentions when his early run nearly won a corner from Gargano, and forced Campagnaro soon after when linking well with Forlan. But he was off the pace defensively, and was shown up time and again by Zuniga as Napoli went on the attack.
Seems to do more marauding with every game, and it almost earned him a goal when he broke upfield but couldn’t get to Obi’s cross. Made an excellent tackle on Lavezzi moments after Inter went behind and another on Zuniga as Napoli looked for a third. His best was up against Lavezzi late on, though, matching the Argentine for pace and agility.
Booked for his flying challenge on Lavezzi as the Argentine streaked through, then replaced to make way for Nagatomo after the red card incident.
Continues to defy belief at times, and his clever running put Inter into good positions on several occasions, but got a rare yellow card when charged with dissent as Inter and Gianluca Rocchi equally began to lose control.
He and Lucio collectively fell asleep as Maggio added the second goal, and it was the story of his game as he failed to keep up with the movement and skill of the Napoli forward line. It was always going to be a big ask for him to come back from a second major knee operation as well as he did from the first.
His lack of mobility was an issue up against a side as free-moving as Napoli, with too few of the midfield battles being won by the Argentine. Won’t ever give up though, even chasing down seemingly lost causes in the latter stages.
Unfortunate to see yellow for a clean tackle in the opening moments, then saw his excellent left-foot cross left by Chivu and missed by Lucio. The later red card for a push on Maggio saw his game ended before half-time.
He may lack pace, but this was a much wiser display by the youngster as he regularly played to his strengths and backed his ability to hold onto the ball, particularly when he had Gargano biting at his heels. Faded when Inter fell behind though, as he showed he still has a way to go to be a game-changer.
Made a good fist of the target man role at times, despite the constant presence of either Aronica and Cannavaro, and when he did get free of them to tap in De Sanctis’ spill, he did so from an offside position. Another whose influence dipped with time, and his late flicked header wide summed up his and Inter’s night.
Had a clear opportunity to volley home in the 10th minute, but his embarrassing air-shot let Napoli off the hook. Nearly made up for it with a stinging drive moments later, but while his link play was exemplary early on, his influence faded quickly as Inter lost momentum.
M. De Sanctis
Got lucky when his careless spill landed perfectly for the offside Pazzini, but thereafter proved to be safe enough as Napoli largely dominated in their defensive third.
Covered well on the marauding Maicon in the opening minutes, then followed in like an ace striker to knock home the rebound from Hamsik’s saved penalty. Played the ultimate professional role in the second period by protecting his side’s lead with calm and assurance.
Normally fulfilling the role as the spare man, his ability to spot and cover through-balls became increasingly important as Inter attempted to pick the lock. Quite possibly his best game in a Napoli shirt.
Spent much of the first half in a battle with Pazzini, but soon found the pressure released, allowing him to breathe more easily, and he was one of a number of players seeking out Zuniga with slide-rule balls.
Ghosted in at the back post in one of Napoli’s earlier attacks, but couldn’t get a header on target. Shown the yellow card for a foul on the timeless Zanetti. Nearly netted moments later, but couldn’t steer home Inler’s cross, and then was guilty of one of the misses of the century after making a superb run into the middle.
Yet another barnstorming midfield display from the Uruguayan, who stemmed the flow of pretty much anything Inter tried to do through the centre. Revelling in the extra freedom given to him by Inler’s arrival.
His vision and passing range clearly suits this Napoli side perfectly, and Inter had few answers in the middle to his effortless distribution. Absolutely brilliant build-up to Hamsik’s strike, embarrassing Cambiasso before playing a perfect ball for the Slovakian.
Saw his penalty saved by Julio Cesar, but his face was saved by Campagnaro’s follow-up. Dropped deep to pick off probing passes in the relative safety of midfield as he made the most of Zuniga’s excellent running to his left. Eventually grabbed his goal when side-footing home from Inler’s pass.
One great driving run beyond Obi released some pressure for his side, and after the break he could easily have doubled the lead had he got a head to Lavezzi’s corner. It wasn’t long before he did so though, as he occupied the last man and poked the ball beyond Julio Cesar.
Took some time to build up a head of steam, but as the first half wore on he became a huge danger to the home defence. Played a clever game after the opener, as he engaged Lucio in particular in a battle with the ball at his feet.
His great ball control took him past two men as Napoli built up a head of steam, but he was unable to find the final pass. Then when he was a great position on the right, he contrived to fall over the ball and knock it out of play. Sacrificed soon after the break.
- 12 L. Castellazzi
Brought on to add the dynamism to the left flank that had been lost with Obi’s sending-off, but Inter rarely saw enough of the ball for him to be able to make the forward runs they needed to see.
Back in the line-up as a second-half sub for Alvarez, but the game was long since up for the home side.
- 77 S. Muntari
- 29 Philippe Coutinho
Given 25 minutes to help attempt a memorable turnaround, but saw very little of the ball as Napoli kept possession with ease for long spells.
- 30 L. Castaignos
- 83 A. Rosati
- 3 I. Fideleff
- 8 A. Dossena
Thrown on for the final few minutes.
A late replacement for Lavezzi.
- 19 M. Santana
Replaced Pandev on the left of the two attacking midfield slots, but was soon switched right by Walter Mazzarri. Held his position well as the Vesuviani went about exploiting Maicon on the other flank.