Napoli were in good shape as they beat Inter on Sunday night for a 4-1 win over Champions League.
It was a rather unfavorable start for both sides, but the game came to life in the 15th minute when Napoli scored the goal through Piotr Zielinski. The Polish midfielder took a decent position outside the box and released a poisonous goal in the top corner, leaving Samir Handanovic in the inter with no chance.
Napoli dominated the game afterwards, but it took until the 60th minute until they doubled their lead. Jose Callejon fired an excellent ball from the right flank and Dries Mertens climbed highest to bring home a header.
The three points were saved ten minutes later when Fabian Ruiz scored a quick double to extend Napoli's lead to four – a lead that pretty much mirrored the pattern of the game. Mauro Icardi drew a goal for Inter from the penalty spot, but the goal was only a comfort for the Nerazzurri.
Main talking point
Despite already reaching second place Napoli will continue to want to end the season with vigor, in order to get the summer going.
They were a bit off pace in the last few weeks, but they were on their best side in this case. From the beginning, they were aggressive and clinical, giving Inter little chance to breathe. People like Zielinski, Fabian and Mertens were at times inviolable and caused in the last third with their effective combination for Inter all sorts of problems.
It was a feat to be proud of, but it is also a reminder of the performance that has kept Carlo Ancelotti's team at the same level throughout the season.
Start XI: Carnezis (6); Malcuit (8), Albiol (6), Koulibaly (6), Ghoulam (6); Callejon (7), Allan (7), Zielinski (8), Fabian (9 *); Mertens (7), milk (6).
Substitutes: Insigne (6), Younes (6), Luperto (N / A).
Star Man – Fabian Ruiz
A truly excellent performance by Fabian, who ran the show from start to finish for Napoli on the left.
The Spaniard was the centerpiece of everything to Gli Azzurri, and his late braces were the least he deserved. Special mentions are also attributed to Zielinski and Kevin Malcuit, who also perform impressively at night.
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Main talking point
Inter came into the game with plenty of room for play as the Champions League qualifiers were still in equilibrium before the kick-off.
Unfortunately, the battle for the top 4 finish will now last until the last day of the season, as Inter was unbelievably disappointing this season. Napoli was beaten throughout the park, and when the first goal fell, it felt like the Nerazzurri would never retreat to the competition.
Atalanta's draw with Juventus means that Luciano Spalletti's team will fall back to fourth place in the final game of the season against Empoli, who is struggling to stay in Serie A.
Start XI: Handanovic (5); D & # 39; Ambrosio (4), Skriniar (5), Miranda (4), Asamoah (4); Gagliardini (3), Brozovic (4), Politano (5), Nainggolan (5), Perisic (4); Lautaro (4).
Substitutes: Icardi (6), Vecino (5), Candreva (4).
Star Man – Milan Skriniar
It was not a great performance – it may even turn out to be average – but Skriniar deserves credit for having at least fought a bit.
He was the most consistent Inter player this season, and his recent contract renewal will relieve inter fans who feared he might be heading out this summer.
Napoli concludes its season with a game against Bologna next Sunday, while Inter take on relegation-prone Empoli.