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January 26, 2011
• Stadio San Paolo, Napoli
Referee: P. Valeri
• Attendance: 40580
Internazionale won 5 - 4 on penalties
Everyone applauds the great game they have witnessed and Inter go through to the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia. Hope you have enjoyed the match. Good evening.
Cavani to shoot from the spot first.
The orders have been decided, and the 'keepers have shaken hands. Here we go! The tension is high.
Penalties will be required to determine this Coppa Italia encounter.
120' + 10'
Pen SO Goal Cristian Chivu
Chivu vs De Sanctis - He scores and Inter wins. And he does, firing to his left. Inter win 5-4 on penalties.
120' + 9'
Pen SO Goal Hassan Yebda
Yebda vs Castellazzi - He must score. And cheekily does, lobbing a ball directly down the middle Andrea Pirlo-style. 4-4
120' + 9'
Pen SO Goal Thiago Motta
Motta vs De Sanctis - Goes left and low along the ground. 3-4. De Sanctis guessed the right way, but couldn't quite get to it.
120' + 8'
Pen SO Goal Camilo Zúñiga
Zuniga vs Castellazzi - Castellazzi stops it, but squeezes under him and slowly rolls over the line. 3-3.
120' + 7'
Pen SO Goal Goran Pandev
Pandev vs De Sanctis - Goes to his right, 'keeper guessed right, but too powerful and it goes in. 2-3
120' + 6'
Pen SO Miss Ezequiel Lavezzi
Lavezzi vs Castellazzi - Over the crossbar, and the fans are in shock. Went for power over precision. Poorly-taken. Still 2-2
120' + 4'
Pen SO Goal Esteban Cambiasso
Cambiasso vs De Sanctis - Goes low along the ground. 2-2
120' + 3'
Pen SO Goal Marek Hamsik
Hamsik vs De Sanctis - Drives it into the top-right corner. 2-1 to Napoli.
120' + 2'
Pen SO Goal Samuel Eto'o
Eto'o vs De Sanctis - Goes to his right, sending the 'keeper the wrong way. 1-1
120' + 1'
Pen SO Goal Edinson Cavani
Cavai v Castelaazzi - goes to his left and low. Goal. 1-0 to napoli
Eto'o tries to cut inside, but his shot goes well wide. It looks like we will need penalties.
Yebda doesn't waste time and launches it forward for Hamsik, but he can't quite hold onto the ball. End-to-end stuff.
Free-kick to Inter, as Maicon tells all of his team-mates to get in the box. Ball curled in, and it is Ranocchia off all people to header the ball whilst lying on the ground, but he can't quite keep it down.
Zuniga tries to be acrobatic with his leaping attempt at trying to score. He gets horizontal, but misses the ball altogether. Corner.
Maggio supplies Campagnaro down the right, whose cross into the middle ultimately falls into the path of Lavezzi, but his shot goes over the crossbar. Missed opportunity.
Hamsik's squaring ball is too long for anyone to run onto it. No luck on this occasion for one of his team-mates to make a run and get a touch on the ball.
Zuniga cops a little shove in the back, but it is enough to put him off as his cross goes directly into the hands of Castellazzi.
Zanetti's ball from the byeline found Eto'o at the back-post. he nods it down for Pandev on the edge of the six-yard box, but he shoots high.
Gargano lays it off for Cavani and his driving shot goes into the wall. From the rebound, it is offside.
Yellow Card Lúcio
Handball by Lucio, as he falls to the ground to slow play down. Great chance just outside the box.
Pandev takes on Campagnaro, looking to twist and turn, but he can't get past the pack of Napoli players starting to surround him.
Hamsik looks to put a pass through for the advancing Maggio, but he gives up on it and Mariga takes it comfortably.
Foul by Yebda on Thiago Motta.
Maggio's overhead kick squares a ball looking for a team-mate, but cleared away only as far as Cavani and Lucio. The striker goes down in the box, but is told to get up by the ref.
Lavezzi tries to thread a pass through for Cavani, but not on this occasion.
Long pass ahead from Chivu for Eto'o, but De Sanctis takes it.
Send-half of extra-time gets under way.
Half-time in extra-time. Still 0-0 here.
Pandev on the left looks to cross the ball for Cambiasso, but De Sanctis comes off his line and claims it.
Gargano lays a pass off for the free Maggio, whose shot goes disappointingly high.
Maicon looks to provide an early ball for Cambiasso but it is too far ahead, and De Sanctis claims it comfortably.
Great chance for Inter, as they look for the match's opening goal. But through Eto'o and Pandev, they can't do anything on this occasion.
What a save Luca Castellazzi! Super save! Lavezzi fakes a shot, hoping the 'keeper would drop, but he didn't. His shot, though, required the shot-stopper to be on his toes.
Maggio's ball into the middle is headed away by Lucio.
Ball falls favourably for Cavani, who is then met by Ranocchia. The ball spills and the Uruguayan is the first to react. Just as he shoots, the stopper clears, but only as far as Lavezzi.
Yebda on, Pazienza off.
Yellow Card Edinson Cavani
Cavani strikes Chivu in the middle of the mark with his arm, and the Romanian goes down.
Campagnaro tries to shoot from the edge of the area, but Lucio stops it with his chest. Appeals for handball from the Napoli attack, but they are waved away.
Lavezzi pushes down the left, but Lucio is equal to the task at keeping him quiet on this occasion.
Cavani looks to push forward down the right, creating some space, twisting and turning his way, but his shot is pushed away by Castellazzi.
Here we go with extra-time!
90' + 3'
For the second time in as many days, we are off to extra-time.
Three minutes of injury time to be played. If we don't have a goal, we are off to extra-time.
Zuniga's cross from the left is cleared by Lucio and Chivu, as Maggio was in a dangerous position. But the Romanian cops an arm to face from his team-mate.
Lavezzi's ball into the middle finds Hamsik, who gets by Chivu and shoots on his left, but straight at Castellazzi, who does well to save.
Iván Ramiro Córdoba
Cordoba off, Lucio on.
Corboda seems to be complaining of shoulder problems, holding it as Castellazzi boots the ball out. Seems ok for the moment.
Lavezzi tries to get past Cordoba with a chestdown, but the defender is equal to the task.
Corner to Inter. Nothing on this occasion.
Cavani with a header from some distance from a Maggio cross, goes straight at Castellazzi.
CANNAVARO! Should have headed the ball instead of chesting it down. Rose well above the pack, but couldn't score.
Offside against Ranocchia, as Eto'o shoots straight back into the pack from the corner.
Corner to Inter, as De Sanctis makes an error in trying to clear the ball away.
Maicon can't quite get past Zuniga, as he combines with Campagnaro to get the ball away.
There was a push by Cordoba on Maggio right on the edge of the box! Napoli are protesting through Pazienza and Cannavaro, wanting something more. No free-kick, but both players are down.
Lavezzi wanted to serve Cavani ahead, straight down the middle, but the Uruguayan did not react to the move.
Dossena on, Zuniga off.
Lavezzi's cross from the left was into a very dangerous position, but Cordoba did well to header away. The six-yard box was starting to clutter full of people.
Cavani couldn't quite control the ball as it was going too far ahead of him.
Mazzarri started to get heated up over something, and the ref says a few calming words to him.
Stankovic off with that injury to his leg, Mariga on.
Stankovic goes down with a leg issue, holding his thigh. Looks in some pain.
Maicon finds Cambiasso ahead, who serves Eto'o in space, but he cannot find the goal as Cannavaro watches him. De Sanctis doesn't want to give away the corner.
Cavani's long ball fins Lavezzi on the counter. Takes on two, and somehow gets a pass off to Hamsik, but his first-touch lets him down.
Maicon, skips past Dossena, but not Pazienza. napoli start to push forward using the wide spaces that the Brazilian left open.
Corner to Napoli, as a digonal ball by Dossena aimed at Hamsik was headed out by Cordoba.
Stankovic takes down Aronica, and earns a free-kick. Quickly taken, the ball is shifted to the left and Dossena, who decides to swing in an early ball, but Castellazzi claims it by coming off his line.
Offside against Pandev.
Inter have come out the brighter of the two sides in the second-half.
Inter look to string a series of passes between Stankovic Pandev and Cambiasso, but fail. Maicon was screaming for the ball to be pushed out wide, as he was free.
Eto'o skips past Campagnaro and tries the impossible shot from over 30 yards out, and pulls it to the left, going wide.
Gargano gets into a good position in front of goal, but skyrockets his shot.
Maggio and Chivu run into each other and the former is on the ground, in some difficulty, but he looks to be okay.
Here we go in the second-half.
Here come the players onto the pitch. Play will start in the next few minutes.
And that is half-time, as there will be no injury-time to be played. An interesting half, as both sides have had their chances. Come back in 15 minutes for the second-half.
Lavezzi's free-kick is sent into the forming pack, looking for Pazienza, but it is Stankovic who got the last touch. Corner.
Ranocchia brings down Lavezzi with a tough-looking challenge. Free-kick to be taken 30 yards out.
Yellow Card Thiago Motta
Motta is shown a yellow card for taking down Hamsik.
WHAT A SAVE! Morgan De Sanctis! Motta opens up the defence with a splitting pass to Maicon on the right. He sends a perfect first-time ball for Cambiasso, who volleys straight at De Sanctis, sending it into the crossbar.
Corner again to Inter, but this time, it is gotten away and Napoli go on the counter. Lavezzi is served on the left, he cuts inside outside the box, but his shot is stopped by the outstretched Castellazzi.
Chivu had a glorious chance to score as he was unmarked in the six-yard box. What an opportunity!
Eto'o has to take on three Napoli players, but Cannavaro tries to take the ball off the striker, and gives away a corner.
Maicon finds Stankovic centrally. The Serbian skips past a defender and aims for goal, but has his low driven shot deflected. The pace goes out of the ball and skids into De Sanctis' hands.
Long ball trying to reach Cavani, but Ranocchia is strong enough to remove the danger.
Pandev almost served Stankovic from a Cambiasso pass, but the swift move couldn't find the No. 5 on the left.
Great diagonal ball by Cannavaro splitting open the Inter back four, reaching Dossena on the left. His low, angling ball finds Cavani, who has to take on Ranocchia and Zanetti, but the ball bobbles out and Castellazzi claims it.
Napoli look to construct something through Dossena and Lavezzi, but the striker is taken down legally. Long ball played up the pitch looking to put Eto'o through, but De Sanctis comes out and does a diving header to clear the danger!
Inter's chances seem to be coming through Maicon, and again he looks to deliver an early ball into the box for his team, but no one is home.
Maicon sends the ball in from the free-kick, but gotten away by the Napoli defence.
Yellow Card Paolo Cannavaro
Cannavaro is shown the yellow card for fouling Pandev who was running forward, in full flight.
Cambiasso knock over Maggio by taking him down via his knee. And the player is hobbling from his knock. Just a warning.
Lavezzi tries to get into some space in the box, but the looping ball going toward him is claimed by Castellazzi.
Corner to Napoli, and Lavezzi chooses the short option, but to no avail.
Ball swung into the middle, but Motta goes down, holding his eye, as he cops a blow from Pazienza.
Chivu makes an error in judgement, trying to header away, but misses the ball and Hamsik capitalises, firing a ball but deflected out for another corner.
Here comes Maggio down the right, looking to find a team-mate in the middle, but his cross is deflected out for a corner by Chivu.
Offside against Cavani as Lavezzi looks to find his team-mate just ahead of him. The Uruguayan is furious with the decision, and lets the ref know.
Pandev looks to weave some magic, twisting and turning his way in the box. He loses possession, with the loose ball falling to Stankovic, whose volley goes across goal, just wide.
Eto'o lays a pass off for the overlapping Chivu on the left, who swings in a ball looking for Cambiasso, but it sits on top of the net. Not enough angle.
GOOAALLL...No, offside against Cavani. Maicon tries to tunnel a pass through Dossena, but it is the left-back who steals the ball and sprints forward. Finds Lavezzi who squares it to the advancing Cavani and he tap it home, but he was in an irregular spot.
Won in midfield, Zanetti and Maicon look to combine to bring Inter forward. And a free-kick is won, taken short by Stankovic.
Offside against Pandev.
Maicon wins this battle with Dossena, and sends in an early ball into the middle, but headed away.
Maicon pushes up the right flank, but is hounded by Dossena, and his run is stopped.
Offside against Cavani, even though there was a foul against him by Thiago Motta.
Wonderful 1-2 combination between Zanetti and Maicon, as Brazilian's flick over the defence allows the Argentine to angle a ball into the middle. No luck.
Castellazzi has a quick clearance to get away as the forwards were pressing.
Lavezzi looked to serve Dossena down the left, but the wing-back had lost hope in the possession. Both look at each other and sort things out.
Maggio and Pazienza look to lob balls over the Inter defence, pushing it forward, but the latter's high ball was too hard for Cavani.
And here we go!
INTER: L. Castellazzi Maicon I. Córdoba A. Ranocchia C. Chivu E. Cambiasso J. Zanetti T. Motta D. Stankovic G. Pandev S. Eto'o
NAPOLI: M. De Sanctis H. Campagnaro P. Cannavaro S. Aronica M. Pazienza W. Gargano C. Maggio A. Dossena M. Hamsik E. Lavezzi E. Cavani
The national anthem has been played, and the players are all shaking hands prior to the match commencing.
Hello and welcome to the San Paolo for the clash between Napoli and Inter in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.
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