Italian Serie A
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Inter Milan 2-0 Napoli

Mauro Icardi scores past Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina
Mauro Icardi has scored 46 goals in 73 starts in Serie A for Inter Milan

Napoli's hopes of catching Serie A leaders Juventus were dealt a further blow with a 2-0 defeat at Inter Milan.

A second loss in three league games leaves Napoli six points behind the defending champions, who are at home to Palermo on Sunday (14:00 BST).

Captain Mauro Icardi put Inter ahead with his 15th goal of the season before Marcelo Brozovic doubled the lead.

Roberto Mancini's side moved to within three points of Roma in the third Champions League qualification place.

Roma are away to Atalanta on Sunday (11.30 BST).

Napoli, still missing suspended top scorer Gonzalo Higuain, have just five games left to try and overhaul champions Juventus to win a first league title since 1990.

Marcelo Brozovic scores for Inter Milan
Croatia international Marcelo Brozovic scored his seventh goal of the season

They fell behind after four minutes when Gary Medel floated the ball through for Icardi, who looked fractionally offside, to steer the ball past Pepe Reina.

The former Liverpool keeper was beaten again a minute before half-time when Stevan Jovetic and Icardi combined to set up Brozovic for a neat finish.

Jose Maria Callejon volleyed just wide for Napoli after the break but Milan went closest to adding a further goal as Jovetic's chip was headed off the line by Kalidou Koulibaly.

Elsewhere, fourth-bottom Carpi helped their survival hopes with a 4-1 win over Genoa, while Torino moved into the top half after securing a third successive win with a 1-0 victory at Bologna.

What they said

Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi: "I always said that we are a team that can fight for the top spots.

"We showed it tonight and in the Italian Cup against Juve (losing on penalties). We had an extraordinary first half of the season, we did badly in January, now let's see where we can finish.

"We have to think about ourselves only and then we will see at the end of the season what the other teams will have done too."

Line-ups

Inter Milan

  • 1Handanovic
  • 33D'Ambrosio
  • 25Miranda
  • 24MurilloBooked at 33mins
  • 55NagatomoBooked at 14mins
  • 17Medel
  • 7KondogbiaBooked at 61minsSubstituted forBiabianyat 68'minutes
  • 77Brozovic
  • 10JoveticSubstituted forFelipe Meloat 77'minutes
  • 44PerisicBooked at 42mins
  • 9IcardiSubstituted forPalacioat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Nunes Jesus
  • 8Palacio
  • 11Biabiany
  • 12Telles
  • 22Ljajic
  • 23Éder
  • 27Gnoukouri
  • 30Carrizo
  • 46Berni
  • 83Felipe Melo
  • 97Manaj

Napoli

  • 25Reina
  • 2Hysaj
  • 33AlbiolBooked at 55mins
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 3StrinicSubstituted forGhoulamat 50'minutes
  • 5Marques Loureiro
  • 8Frello FilhoBooked at 22minsSubstituted forEl Kaddouriat 73'minutes
  • 17Hamsik
  • 7Callejón
  • 23Gabbiadini
  • 24InsigneSubstituted forMertensat 51'minutesBooked at 73mins

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 6Valdifiori
  • 11Maggio
  • 14Mertens
  • 18Regini
  • 19López Silva
  • 21Chiriches
  • 22Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 77El Kaddouri
  • 88Grassi
  • 94Chalobah
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
59,310

Match Stats

Home TeamInter MilanAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Inter Milan 2, Napoli 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inter Milan 2, Napoli 0.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcelo Brozovic.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Miranda.

Attempt blocked. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Allan.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Gary Medel.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Rodrigo Palacio replaces Mauro Icardi.

Elseid Hysaj (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan).

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Elseid Hysaj.

Attempt missed. Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

Elseid Hysaj (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan).

Offside, Inter Milan. Ivan Perisic tries a through ball, but Mauro Icardi is caught offside.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Felipe Melo replaces Stevan Jovetic.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Yuto Nagatomo.

Attempt blocked. Stevan Jovetic (Inter Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Faouzi Ghoulam.

José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stevan Jovetic (Inter Milan).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Omar El Kaddouri replaces Jorginho.

Booking

Dries Mertens (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

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

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

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

Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Medel (Inter Milan).

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Jonathan Biabiany replaces Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

Danilo D'Ambrosio (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Yuto Nagatomo.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jorginho.

Booking

Geoffrey Kondogbia (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Inter Milan).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 16th April 2016

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus32244458174176
2Napoli33217566293770
3Roma321810467333464
4Inter Milan33187844301461
5Fiorentina32168851351656
6AC Milan32131094235749
7Sassuolo32121284035548
8Lazio32129114242045
9Chievo32128123840-244
10Torino33119134244-242
11Genoa33117153841-340
12Empoli32109133643-739
13Bologna33107163138-737
14Atalanta3299143138-736
15Sampdoria3299144649-336
16Udinese3297162948-1934
17Carpi33710163351-1831
18Palermo3277182957-2828
19Frosinone3276192960-3127
20Hellas Verona32313162754-2722
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