Napoli beat an emotionally drained Inter Milan 1-0 in the first leg of Coppa Italia semi-final

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Coppa Italia 2020 Napoli vs Inter Milan Highlights – Napoli defeated Inter Milan 1-0 in their own backyard on Wednesday to put themselves ahead in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final.

coppa italia 2020 napoli vs inter milan highlights

The Spanish midfielder, Fabian Ruiz gave Napoli their deserved lead in the 57th minute with a curled left-footed shot that struck in the home goal’s net. He was assisted by the right-back, Giovanni Di Lorenzo. The ball went past Inter Milan goalkeeper, Daniele Padelli.

Coppa Italia 2020 Napoli vs Inter Milan Highlights

Although Inter Milan showed exceptional energy in their previous game against city rivals AC Milan on Sunday with a great 4-2 comeback win, they were a little low on energy last night. The first half was dominated by Napoli with an early yellow card being shown to Inter’s Milan’s, Skriniar.

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There were a couple of chances created in the first half by the visitors. Dries Mertens attempted to shoot the ball with a first time shot, which went over the bar in the 16th minute. Later at halftime, the visitors attempted to open the scoring with Piotr Zielinski’s attempt, but again the attempt failed as it was a save by goalkeeper, Daniele Padelli.

Coppa Italia 2020 Napoli vs Inter Milan Highlights

But, even the phenomenal keeping skills of Padelli couldn’t deny Ruiz’s curled shot from entering the home team’s net. Napoli was comfortably able to hold their lead throughout the game with Inter Milan trying their best to equalize.

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The last-minute attempt from the home team was denied by Napoli goalkeeper, David Ospina when substitute, Danilo D’Ambrosio struck the ball into the keeper’s hands from close range. Although the possession statistics and the attempted shots, both show Inter were better on paper, still Napoli was able to put themselves in the front as they capitalized well on their chances.

Coppa Italia 2020 Napoli vs Inter Milan Highlights

Napoli were able to snap Inter Milan’s ten-match winning streak in all competitions. Inter, who climbed to the top of the table on Sunday, following their win in the Milan derby, were not quite themselves last night. Napoli struck on the opportunity to take advantage of an emotionally drained Inter Milan with Ruiz’s worthy goal.

The return leg is scheduled on March 5 while AC Milan is set to host Juventus today, in the first leg of the other semi-final.

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