Player Ratings: Napoli 1-0 Inter

Napoli recorded an amazing victory over Inter in the latest round of the Italian Serie A. Adrian Del Monte was on hand to record the performances of the players on show...
Napoli

Navarro – 7.5:
A dominant display by the keeper, which deservedly ended with him holding onto a clean sheet against the reigning Italian champions. He made a number of world class saves, including one off a header by Samuel after two minutes, and one from an Ibrahimovic free kick on 68 minutes.

Santacroce – 8.0:
The home side were fortunate enough to have their superstar defender in action tonight, due to the fact that he was an injury doubt. Thankfully for their sake he was able to play, as his dominant performance allowed his side to record such a memorable victory.

Contini – 7.5: Very solid defensively, and ensured that he stood up in the absence of Cannavaro, who missed the match through suspension. He was also great in the air, making it tough for Ibra and Balotelli to cause any havoc from corners and set pieces.

Aronica – 7.5:
Similar to his defensive partner Contini, he was fairly solid at the back, and was responsible for minimizing the impact of the Inter attackers throughout.

Montervino – 7.0: The captain for the night worked hard and offered plenty of support to his team-mates, including some great balls into the area.

Amodio – 6.0:
The midfielder earned his first appearance from the opening minute of play for the Partenopei; however his impact was minimal on the night. To his credit though, he played his holding role in the midfield very well.

Blasi – 6.5:
A good night’s work for Blasi, who had a huge chance to make it 2-0 on 86 minutes. He took his time to get into the match, however in the second half, he proved to be an integral part of the victory.

Hamsik – 6.5: The Slovak international managed to get into good positions on a regular basis; however his passing was off tonight and, at times, he looked a shadow of the player who was linked to Inter earlier in the campaign.

Mannini – 6.0: Very clumsy match for the midfielder, as he committed more fouls than any other player on the park. He did have his moments though, although he failed to do anything of any significance.

Lavezzi – 7.0: The Argentinean superstar was in and out of the match all night; however he did have several moments where he excelled, including a great chance from a free kick taken just outside the area on 29 minutes. He was responsible for assisting the decisive goal, with an impressive run that drew a number of defenders, allowing Zalayeta to create space to grab the winner.

Denis – 6.5: Had a lively start to the match, but unfortunately for his sake it just wasn’t his night tonight, and as a result he was substituted after 63 minutes for Zalayeta. He did have a fantastic chance to score on 57 minutes, but exceptional defending from Cordoba denied him that opportunity.

Subs: Zalayeta 7.5, Datolo 6.5, Bogliacino N/A

Inter

Julio Cesar – 6.0:
The Brazilian keeper did not have a single save to make for the opening 70 minutes of play, and incredibly he conceded from the first shot that the home side put on target after 73 minutes. There was nothing he could have done to prevent the goal either, as no goalkeeper in the world would have been able to prevent that from going in.

Zanetti– 5.5: A professional performance as always by the Inter skipper, however his impact on the contest was not all that high.

Cordoba – 6.0: The Colombian had a fairly solid night at the back, and he made some exceptional blocks and challenges along the way, including one on Denis, to deny him the chance to get a shot away from close range after 57 minutes of play.

Samuel – 6.0: Similar to Cordoba, the Argentine defender had a decent match, as he did all he could to minimize the impact of Lavezzi and Denis in particular. He had a great opportunity to score with a header after two minutes, although a world class effort by Navarro denied him that chance.

Chivu – 6.5: The pick of the back four tonight, the Romanian was dominant at both ends of the park. He put in a great block to deny Lavezzi on nine minutes, whilst he constantly provided an option for his side in their attacking half.

Vieira – 6.0: His experience and physical strength showed in this match, as he was able to easily dictate the play when in possession of the ball. Tested his luck at times too, including a powerful drive from 25 yards on the hour mark.

Cambiasso – 6.0: The Argentinean midfielder was as solid as always, and he was highly responsible for his side’s dominance in the opening half. However, as was the case with a number of his team-mates, his impact decreased in the closing stages of the clash.

Stankovic – 5.5: A decent match for the Serbian midfielder, who proved his incredible work rate yet again. He worked hard at both ends of the park, however unfortunately it was for next to no reward.

Figo – 6.0: A fairly respectable showing from the veteran, who worked hard on the left wing, and sent in a number of impressive balls into the area, before being substituted for Mancini.

Balotelli – 7.0: Inter’s best player on the night without a doubt, as he tested himself frequently from long range, and proved to be a constant threat to the Napoli defensive unit. His highlight came on 14 minutes, when his powerful drive from all of 30 yards sailed inches over the bar.

Ibrahimovic – 6.0: Ibra was too big and too strong for the Napoli defenders, as he was able to knock the ball around at will when in touch. He didn’t have many opportunities to test the keeper though, and at times he looked disinterested in the play. He did have a few opportunities to open the scoring though, with one coming from a free kick from 35 yards after 68 minutes of play.

Subs: Mancini 5.5, Cruz 5.5, Maxwell N/A

Adrian Del Monte, Goal.com