Inter Milan 1-0 Napoli: Internazionale defeated Serie A leader Napoli on Wednesday evening. A goal from Edin Dzeko made the difference in the top match in Milan.
Denzel Dumfries and Stefan de Vrij started on the bench at Internazionale, which wanted to fight back with a victory over the leader in the Italian title race. With Romelu Lukaku, who was in the starting line-up for the first time since August, the Nerazzurri started the game strongly.
Federico Dimarco, among others, was close to a goal, but Lukaku’s biggest chance was shortly before the break. After good work from Nicolò Barella, he could only approach Alex Meret, but the Belgian’s effort went over. Ten minutes after the break, the goal did fall for Inter. Dimarco came through well on the left and delivered a measured cross. Dzeko only had to run into it with his head to make it 1-0.
Napoli then passionately went in search of an equalizer to maintain their undefeated status. The visitors also had chances, including via Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, but were unable to score a goal. Dumfries came in fifteen minutes before the end at Inter.
Napoli suffered its first Serie A defeat since April 24. Luciano Spalletti’s team remains the leader, but sees AC Milan approach to five points. Inter are now third with seven points less than the Neapolitans.
Samuel Umtiti and Lameck Banda fell victim to racism
In other Serie A news, Samuel Umtiti and Lameck Banda fell victim to racism during the Serie A match between Lecce and Lazio on Wednesday. Referee Livio Marinelli had a warning broadcast through the stadium speaker after racist statements from some of the Lazio supporters who traveled with him.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the account of the French national team, among others, are shameful of the incident on social media. “I support Samuel Umtiti and Lameck Banda. Let’s say it loud and clear: no to racism!’, writes Infantino on Instagram. “Let the vast majority of football fans die to silence racists once and for all.”
The French federation supported Umtiti and his teammate Banda, mentioning: “They fell victim to unbearable racist chants during their match with Lecce. We’ve got your back, Sam.” Trainer Marco Baroni called it a shame, “The time is right to put an end to this forever. These are shameful behaviors. We are proud of our players.”