Result NAPOLI 2 – 2 INTER, Goals by Hamsik, Palacio, Icardi, and Higuain, Sunday 8 March 2015, Serie A Week 26

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37% Ball Possession NAPOLI and 63% Ball Possession INTER
SSC Napoli Napoli 2 – 2 Inter Inter
51′ Marek Hamsik                    72′ Rodrigo Palacio
63′ Gonzalo Higuain               87′ Mauro Icardi (pen)
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Serie A Standing BEFORE the game:
Napoli, 3rd position with 45 points and a positive goal difference of +13
Inter, 9th position with 35 points and a positive goal difference of +7

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
3 Napoli 25 13 6 6 44:31 13 45
9 Inter 25 9 8 8 39:32 7 35



Napoli failing big time  to shorten the distance with AS Roma .  Napoli had the victory up to the 87th minute when Inter changed the  movie script to equalize the score.  It’s almost an all Argentinian duel match with Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain vs Inter forwards Rodrigo Palacio and Mauro Icardi …. plus Napoli Argentinian goalkeeper Mariano Andujar too….

The first half ending 0-0.

It seems Napoli coach Rafael Benitez delivered a strong pep talk during half time.   Napoli returning to dominate Inter.   In the 51st minute  with medifielder Marek Hamsik defeating Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic with a headed shot in the bottom left corner.  The assist is by defender Henrique.  It’s the 5th goal this season by Hamsik.

Far from Inter reacting, there it is Napoli again.  Second goal of the match in the 63rd minute with forward Gonzalo Higuain defeating goalkeeper Handanovic with a right footed shot in the bottom right corner.   Guess who did the assist?   Yep… Marek Hamsik!   Surely, the constant support from the fans at the San Paolo Stadium is motivating the players to claim the victory.  It’s the 13th goal for Higuain in this season.

Talking about reaction, Inter shortening the distance in the 72nd minute.  It is forward Rodrigo Palacio to give hope to the nerazzurri.  Palacio defeating Napoli goalkeeper Mariano Andujar with a right footed shot  in the center.  The assist is by midfielder Fredy Guarin.

Whats happening to Napoli?  Losing control,…. referee  Rocchi giving a penalty to Inter.   Penalty conceded by Napoli defender Henrique after a foul on forward Rodrigo Palacio.  This is the second yellow card to Henrique making it an automatic Red Card…. Napoli remaining with 10 players.   It is Argentinian forward Mauro Icardi to convert the penalty defeating goalkeeper Andujar with the classic “Cucchaio”.  It’s the 15th goal by Icardi this season.


Here is NAPOLI official starting lineup by coach Rafael Benitez:

Napoli (4-2-3-1): Andujar; Henrique, Albiol, Koulibaly, Strinić; Inler, David López; Callejón, Hamšík, Mertens; Higuaín.  

Here is INTER official starting lineup by coach Roberto Mancini:

Inter (4-3-1-2): Handanović; D’Ambrosio, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus, Santon; Guarin, Medel, Brozović; Shaqiri; Palacio, Icardi.

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Stats AFTER  the game.  Top scorer for NAPOLI:  Forward Gonzalo Higuain with 13 goals

Top scorer for INTER:  Forward Mauro Icardi with 15 goals

Napoli Goals Goals Inteer
Higuain, Gonzalo 13 15 Icardi, Mauro
Callejon 9 5 Kovacic, Mateo
Zapata, Duvan 5 5 Guarin, Fredy
Hamsik, Marek 5 5 Osvaldo, Pablo Daniel
de Guzman, Jonathan 3 4 Palacio, Rodrigo Sebastian


Click the video to watch NAPOLI 2 – 2 INTER highlights including all goals by Marek Hamsik, Gonzalo Higuain, Rodrigo Palacio, and Mauro Icardi.


Stats. Here are the last 3 games of NAPOLI:  1 win, 1 draw, 1 lost

04/03/15 CI Lazio Napoli 1:1 Semifinal
01/03/15 SA Turin Napoli 1:0 Round 25
26/02/15 UELK Napoli Trabzonspor 1:0 Round 1


Here are the last 3 games of INTER:  2 wins, 1 lost

01/03/15 SA Inter Fiorentina 0:1 Round 25
26/02/15 UELK Inter Celtic 1:0 Round 1
23/02/15 SA Cagliari Inter 1:2 Round 24


Disciplinary Situation BEFORE the game.  No suspended players






Inter forward Rodrigo Palacio shortening the distance for the 2-1.


Inter forward Mauro Icardi resulting a “hero” for Inter fans rescuing  one point after converting the penalty to equalize the 2-2 draw….





Serie A tickets2014 – 2015 Italian Serie A Week 26

Napoli 2 – 2 Inter
Sunday 8 March 2015
San Paolo Stadium
Naples, Italy


Referee: ROCCHI
Assistants: COSTANZO – MELI
Fourth Official: PETRELLA

Goals:  51′ Marek Hamsik (N), 63′ Gonzalo Higuain (N), 72′ Rodrigo Palacio (I), 87′ Mauro Icardi (pen)(I)

Official formations – lineups:

Napoli (4-2-3-1): Andujar; Henrique, Albiol, Koulibaly, Strinić; Inler, David López; Callejón, Hamšík, Mertens; Higuaín.

Subs.: Rafael, Colombo, Britos, De Guzman, Jorginho, Mesto, Zuniga, Gabbiadini, Ghoulam, Zapata.

Coach.:  Rafael Benítez.

Inter (4-3-1-2): Handanović; D’Ambrosio, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus, Santon; Guarin, Medel, Brozović; Shaqiri; Palacio, Icardi.

Subs.: Carrizo, Andreolli, Kovacic, Podolski, Campagnaro, Vidic, Kuzmanović, Obi, Dodò, Felipe, Pușcaș, Hernanes.

Coach.:  Roberto Mancini.

Match Stats

Napoli Match Stats Inter
2 Goals 2
17 (7) Shots (on goal) 13 (5)
16 Fouls 19
5 Corner kicks 5
6 Offsides 2
37% Ball Possession 63%
1 Yellow Cards 3
1 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 5