Don’t miss the complete replay and highlights of the Napoli vs Inter Milan match. The game kicks off at 19:45 (GMT) on 3rd December 2023. The referee for this exciting match is D. Massa. The action unfolds at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. It’s a riveting match in the Italy – Serie A, Week 14, Season 2023/2024.
Napoli vs Inter Milan Full Match Reports
In a thrilling Serie A encounter, Inter Milan emerged victorious with a resounding 3-0 win over Napoli, marking just the second occasion in the last 13 head-to-head meetings where the away side emerged triumphant.
The home team’s Eljif Elmas, making his fourth start of the season, nearly made an immediate impact within three minutes, unleashing a superb long-range strike that Yann Sommer skillfully tipped past the post. The Nerazzurri came agonizingly close to breaking the deadlock in a scintillating opening 15 minutes. Marcus Thuram, in tandem with Lautaro Martínez, beat Alex Meret, but a marginal offside decision nullified the Frenchman’s efforts.
A brief halt occurred when Stefan de Vrij required treatment for an injury, leading to his substitution in the 18th minute. However, the action resumed swiftly as Elmas tested Sommer again with a strike from a tight angle. The teams continued exchanging attacking blows, with Matteo Politano’s brilliant effort crashing against the crossbar. Martínez, making a menacing spin behind Giovanni Di Lorenzo, faced a courageous save from Meret. The first half culminated in a spectacular opener in the 44th minute, as Hakan Çalhanoğlu unleashed an unstoppable strike, securing his fifth goal in the last eight appearances.
Çalhanoğlu demonstrated selflessness in preventing Victor Osimhen’s attempted bicycle kick as Napoli showed resilience after the restart. Sommer showcased impressive reflexes, denying Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s venomous attempt. Withstanding the pressure, Inter extended their lead after the hour mark. Martínez found Nicolò Barella, who skillfully navigated through Azzurri defenders, securing his first goal of the season.
Despite Denzel Dumfries departing due to injury, Inter maintained their imperious form. Marcus Thuram capitalized on Juan Cuadrado’s low cross, providing a straightforward finish. This commanding performance extended Inter’s unbeaten run to 12 matches across all competitions, propelling them back to the top of Serie A. Meanwhile, Napoli suffered their third defeat in the last four fixtures, and their winless streak at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona now stretches to six matches.
Nicolò Barella rightfully earned the Man of the Match honors for his outstanding contribution to Inter Milan’s impressive victory.