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Napoli 1-1 Inter: Christian Eriksen saves point for leaders

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen scored his first goal of the season for Inter

Inter Milan failed to win for the first time in 12 games but moved a step closer to the title with a combative draw at Napoli.

Samir Handanovic gifted Napoli the lead, fumbling Lorenzo Insigne's cross into his own net in the first half.

Romelu Lukaku twice hit the woodwork for Inter before Christian Eriksen speared home a left-footed equaliser.

Napoli stay fifth, two points behind Juventus who occupy the final Champions League spot after losing at Atalanta.

Inter had won their last 11 games in a seeming relentless march to the Serie A title but this game had always threatened to be a tricky encounter.

Eriksen's influence in Inter's success has been negligible but there were shades of his old self with a fine leveller, drilled in after Napoli failed to deal with a swift counter-attack.

Inter survived two late scares - first Matteo Politano rattled the crossbar and then the referee consulted the pitchside monitor to correctly overturn his penalty decision against a strong challenge by Stefan de Vrij.

Conte's side now need just 13 points from seven games to become champions, despite closest challengers Milan earlier claiming a narrow win over Genoa.

Ante Rebic's opener for Milan had been cancelled out by former loanee Mattia Destro but Gianluca Scamacca's unfortunate own goal enabled Milan to close the gap at the top to nine points.

Line-ups

Napoli

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Meret
  • 22Di Lorenzo
  • 44ManolasBooked at 90mins
  • 26KoulibalyBooked at 38mins
  • 6Mário Rui
  • 8RuizSubstituted forBakayokoat 90+1'minutes
  • 4DemmeBooked at 80mins
  • 21PolitanoBooked at 87minsSubstituted forHysajat 90+1'minutes
  • 20ZielinskiSubstituted forElmasat 88'minutes
  • 24Insigne
  • 9OsimhenSubstituted forMertensat 74'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 3Zedadka
  • 5Bakayoko
  • 7Elmas
  • 14Mertens
  • 16Contini
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 23Hysaj
  • 33Rrahmani
  • 37Petagna
  • 46Idasiak
  • 58Cioffi
  • 68Lobotka

Inter Milan

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Handanovic
  • 37Skriniar
  • 6de Vrij
  • 95Bastoni
  • 2HakimiBooked at 90mins
  • 23Barella
  • 77Brozovic
  • 24EriksenSubstituted forGagliardiniat 84'minutes
  • 36DarmianBooked at 63minsSubstituted forPerisicat 69'minutes
  • 9Lukaku
  • 10MartínezSubstituted forSánchezat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Gagliardini
  • 7Sánchez
  • 8Vecino
  • 12Sensi
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 14Perisic
  • 15Young
  • 27Padelli
  • 33D'Ambrosio
  • 97Radu
  • 99Pinamonti
Referee:
Daniele Doveri

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamInter Milan
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Napoli 1, Inter Milan 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Napoli 1, Inter Milan 1.

  3. Booking

    Kostas Manolas (Napoli) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    Achraf Hakimi (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Kostas Manolas (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Achraf Hakimi (Inter Milan).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tiemoué Bakayoko (Napoli).

  8. Post update

    Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Tiemoué Bakayoko replaces Fabián Ruiz.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Elseid Hysaj replaces Matteo Politano.

  11. Booking

    Dries Mertens (Napoli) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

  13. Post update

    Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Eljif Elmas replaces Piotr Zielinski.

  15. Booking

    Matteo Politano (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Matteo Politano (Napoli).

  17. Post update

    Alexis Sánchez (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Marcelo Brozovic.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matteo Politano (Napoli) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Demme.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Inter Milan. Roberto Gagliardini replaces Christian Eriksen.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 18th April 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan31236270284275
2AC Milan31206559362366
3Atalanta31197572383464
4Juventus31188561283362
5Napoli31193966353160
6Lazio30184851411058
7Roma3116695547854
8Sassuolo31121095249346
9Hellas Verona31118123938141
10Sampdoria31116144246-439
11Bologna31107144347-437
12Udinese3199133441-736
13Genoa31711133346-1332
14Spezia3188154159-1832
15Torino30612124553-830
16Fiorentina3179153952-1330
17Benevento3179153360-2730
18Cagliari3167183554-1925
19Parma31311173263-3120
20Crotone3143243879-4115
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