Different results occurred for Inter Milan and Napoli on their midweek Champions League campaign as the Nerazzurri picked up another victory against Lille, while the Partenopei were being edged out at Allianz Arena by Bayern Munich.
The victory puts Inter position in the top of their group gets much more comfortable, while the defeat against Bayern puts Napoli’s European dream under threat as they’re relegated to third place at the moment after in the other match Manchester City grabbed a victory.
Inter Grabs the Double Against Lille
Coming into the midweek game from a disappointing defeat against their Serie A rival, Juventus, Inter Milan managed to step aside their disappointment and focusing more on their European aspiration by successfully beating Lille 2-1 at San Siro. The Nerazzurri took the lead in the 19th minute through Walter Samuel’s header from the corner, an important goal which also marked the Argentinian defender’s return on the pitch after being absent for quite a while.
Inter took the 1-0 lead into the second half and obviously didn’t stop searching for another goal since the French champion keeps threatening to get an equalizing goal. However, Diego Milito’s tap in from Javier Zanetti’s cross simply puts the Italian giant’s work easier, although things still get nervy in the end after Lille managed to pull a goal back in the final 10 minutes through Tulio De Melo, who chipped Luca Castelazzi after capitalizing on Lucio’s defensive howler.
Brave Napoli Beaten by Bayern
Meanwhile, traveling to Allianz Arena, Napoli suffered a heavy first half blow as they were buried by Mario Gomez’s hat-trick in that half, which only got one replied from Federico Fernandez deep into the first 45 minutes. Things got even harder for the Partenopei in the second period especially after Juan Zuniga received a pretty harsh sending off because of the player’s double foul on Bayern’s French star midfielder, Frank Ribery.
However, justice arrived for Walter Mazzarri’s team shortly after Zuniga’s marching order as the home team also got one of their players, Holger Badstuber, red carded, forcing the German side to also finish their half with only 10 men on the pitch. The sending off spurred Napoli on as they keep on searching for goals, which they finally got in the 79th minute, once again through Fernandez’s header, capitalizing on a fine delivery by Gokhan Inler.
With around 10 minutes left in the clock, the Partenopei were battling hard in search for the equalizing goal but time was just not on their side as in the end they must settle for a 3-2 defeat. This result pretty much means that Napoli must work much harder in the next two games if they still want to fulfill their dream in getting through the next round of the Champions League as Mazzarri’s team are now standing on third place behind Manchester City.
Inter v Lille 2-1:
Goals: Samuel 19, Milito 65 (Inter); De Melo (82)
Inter: Castellazzi; Zanetti, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu; Stankovic, Thiago Motta, Cambiasso; Sneijder (Alvarez 67); Milito (Obi 90), Zarate (Pazzini 79)
Lille: Landreau; Debuchy, Rozehnal, Chedjou, Beria; J Cole (Payet 71), Mavuba, Pedretti, Hazard; Jelen (De Melo 46), Sow (Obraniak 60)
Bayern Munich v Napoli 3-2
Goals: Mario Gomez 17, 23, 42 (Bayern); Fernandez 45, 79 (Napoli)
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Boateng, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm; Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger (Tymoschuk 53); Muller, Kroos, Ribery (Alaba 80); Gomez
Napoli: De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Fernandez, Aronica (Dossena 43); Maggio, Dzemaili (Pandev 83), Inler, Zuniga; Hamsik, Lavezzi; Cavani