Inter Milan 1-0 Napoli: Kalidou Koulibaly ‘victim of alleged racist chants as Lautaro Martinez grabs winner


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Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti said his team asked three times for their match at Inter Milan to be suspended because of alleged racist chanting, before a last-minute goal gave Inter victory.

Ancelotti claimed Kalidou Koulibaly was targeted at the San Siro, where the Senegal defender was sent off.

Lautaro Martinez scored a 91st-minute winner for Inter, before Napoli also saw forward Lorenzo Insigne dismissed.

“The next time we’ll stop playing, even if we lose the match,” Ancelotti said.

“What happened today is not good not only for us but also for Italian football as a whole,” the former Chelsea boss added.

“I’m very sorry about what happened to Koulibaly. The boy was on edge, he is an educated footballer who was targeted. Despite our requests the match was not interrupted. I’m unhappy because three times we asked for the match to be suspended.”

Koulibaly, 27, was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in a matter of seconds in the 80th minute. The first was for a foul on Matteo Politano, the second was for sarcastically applauding the referee’s decision.

After the match he posted on Twitter: “I’m sorry about the defeat and especially to have let my brothers down.

“But I’m proud of the colour of my skin. To be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan, and a man.”

Napoli’s 27-year-old Algerian left-back Faouzi Ghoulam posted a message of support. “It was painful to hear racist chants directed at my brother,” his Twitter post read.

“What’s left is secondary, only sadness remains.”

Lautaro Martinez

Insigne was shown a straight red after appearing to gesture towards the referee in the 94th minute.

Napoli’s defeat means defending champions and leaders Juventus, who have won the past seven Italian league titles, are now nine points clear of the second-placed side.

Mauro Icardi hit the Napoli crossbar with the game’s very first touch, when he shot straight from kick-off.

But Inter, who remain in third place, had to wait until injury time before Martinez found the net with his first attempt on goal, eight minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Earlier on Saturday, as Serie A matches were held for the first time on 26 December, Cristiano Ronaldo scored an equaliser for 10-men Juve as they salvaged a 2-2 draw at Atalanta.

Inter are now five points behind Napoli in third, 14 points behind Juve.

Line-ups

Inter Milan

  • 1Handanovic
  • 33D’Ambrosio
  • 6de Vrij
  • 37Skriniar
  • 18Asamoah
  • 15João MárioSubstituted forMartínezat 83′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 77BrozovicBooked at 29mins
  • 20ValeroBooked at 52minsSubstituted forVecinoat 64′minutes
  • 16Politano
  • 9Icardi
  • 44PerisicSubstituted forKeitaat 74′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Vrsaljko
  • 5Gagliardini
  • 8Vecino
  • 10Martínez
  • 11Keita
  • 13Ranocchia
  • 27Padelli
  • 29Chagas Estevao
  • 87Candreva

Napoli

  • 1Meret
  • 7Callejón
  • 33AlbiolBooked at 67mins
  • 26KoulibalyBooked at 80mins
  • 6Mário RuiSubstituted forGhoulamat 78′minutes
  • 8Ruiz
  • 5Marques LoureiroBooked at 56mins
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forMaksimovicat 24′minutes
  • 20Zielinski
  • 24InsigneBooked at 90mins
  • 99MilikSubstituted forMertensat 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Malcuit
  • 9Verdi
  • 11Ounas
  • 13Luperto
  • 14Mertens
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 23Hysaj
  • 25Ospina
  • 27Karnezis
  • 30Rog
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 42Diawara
Referee:
Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni

Match Stats

Home TeamInter MilanAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Inter Milan 1, Napoli 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inter Milan 1, Napoli 0.

Dismissal

Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) is shown the red card.

Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nikola Maksimovic (Napoli).

Foul by Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan).

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

Booking

Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Inter Milan 1, Napoli 0. Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Keita (Inter Milan).

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

Attempt blocked. Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Matteo Politano (Inter Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matías Vecino.

Fabián Ruiz (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Keita (Inter Milan).

Attempt saved. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matteo Politano with a cross.

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Raúl Albiol.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Lautaro Martínez replaces João Mário.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

Booking

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

Matteo Politano (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Faouzi Ghoulam replaces Mário Rui.

Attempt missed. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Fabián Ruiz.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Keita replaces Ivan Perisic.

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Fabián Ruiz.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Dries Mertens replaces Arkadiusz Milik.

Foul by Matías Vecino (Inter Milan).

Alex Meret (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Kalidou Koulibaly.

Booking

Raúl Albiol (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

João Mário (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Raúl Albiol (Napoli).

Offside, Napoli. José Callejón tries a through ball, but Arkadiusz Milik is caught offside.

Attempt saved. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne.

Substitution

Substitution, Inter Milan. Matías Vecino replaces Borja Valero.

Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli).

Attempt blocked. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arkadiusz Milik.

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