The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Plenty of chances but no goals as Napoli held to entertaining 0-0 draw at Inter in Serie A

  • Print

Napoli failed to mathematically secure third spot in Serie A as it was held to an entertaining 0-0 draw at Inter Milan on Saturday.

Ealier, Fiorentina crushed relegation-threatened Bologna 3-0 to keep alive its faint hopes of snatching the final Champions League berth from Napoli.

Fiorentina moved to eight points behind Napoli with three rounds remaining. The two meet in the Italian Cup final next Saturday.

Napoli star striker Gonzalo Higuain faces a race to be fit in time after being taken off on a stretcher four minutes from time following a tackle on Marco Andreolli.

The Argentina forward, who has 20 goals in all competitions this season, has heavy bruising on his ankle but his World Cup hope is not at risk.

"It's a good result, but we could have won this match," Napoli coach Rafael Benitez said.

"Higuain has heavy bruising and we have to evaluate his injury. We still don't know, the doctor isn't saying anything more, at least not for now."

Both managers were facing former teams at San Siro as Walter Mazzarri coached Napoli for four years before moving to Inter last summer. It was Benitez's first match at Inter since his dismissal in December 2010 following a brief tenure.

"In the first half we played a great game," Mazzarri said. "We suffered a bit with their counterattacks, but we would have deserved a goal. In the second half we lacked strength. It's a pity, we could have won if we had managed to score in the first half."

Both teams enjoyed numerous opportunities but couldn't score. Gokhan Inler went closest with an effort which crashed off the right post eight minutes from time for Napoli.

There was controversy in the first half as Palacio fell under a tackle from Miguel Britos as he was about to burst into the box but the referee flashed only a yellow card with Inter players and fans calling for a red.

Inter remained fifth, four points behind Fiorentina, which is all but mathematically sure of a Europa League spot next season after Juan Cuadrado's brace.

Bologna started brightly but Fiorentina began to get into the game and broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute when Cuadrado volleyed home Joaquin's low cross at the far post.

Josip Ilicic doubled Fiorentina's lead 12 minutes later with a 25-meter effort, which took a deflection off Michele Pazienza to loop over Gianluca Curci.

Cuadrado sealed the result three minutes from time as he raced past his marker before unleashing a rocket from outside the area.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.