Inter sealed their passage into the next round after sharing a point with Trabzonspor, while Napoli puts their qualifying chance on their own hands after beating Manchester City and leap frogging the premier league team in the runners up position behind Bayern Munich.
A Point Enough fo Inter’s Qualification and Topping Group
Claudio Ranieri’s man faced Trabzonspor with a mission to seal their passage for the next round, but they earn more than a ticket as Inter also confirmed their top spot in the competition although they only picked up a draw. Ricky Alvarez opened the scoring for the away team after finishing a lovely one-two passing routine with Diego Milito before placing his shot passed Tolga Zengin in the 17th minute, giving the Argentinian strong confidence boost after his rather so-so start with Nerazzurri.
However, the lead didn’t really last that long as Halil Altintop’s long range shot landed in the back of Julio Cesar’s net just few minutes after Alvarez’s opener, giving the Turks a deserved goal. Nothing change much in the second half and the Nerazzurri pretty much had everything on their side after in the other game CSKA Moskow were beaten by Lille, allowing the Italian side advancing from their group as the table topper.
Proud Napoli Getting Closer to Qualification
At San Paolo, Napoli regain their second place spot after successfully beating Manchester City 2-1, leaving their qualification spot firmly on their own hands without really needing help from another team. Edinson Cavani once again becomes the main actor for the Partenopei’s victory as the Uruguayan striker netted both goals for the home team, his opener arrives in the 17th minute after his glancing header from Ezequiel Lavezzi’s corner nestled into Joe Hart’s net.
That first goal drove the fans at San Paolo crazy but not long after that, there’s a bit of silence after Man City equalized through Mario Balotelli’s tapped inside the penalty area. However, Cavani strike again early in the second half with another fine goal as the Uruguayan side footed Andrea Dossena’s cut back from the left corner. The result didn’t change until the final whistle, despite both teams kept on creating plenty goal scoring chances, leaving the Naples outfit a big change to secure their passage to the next round if Walter Mazzarri’s side can get all three points against Villarreal.
Trabzonspor v Inter Milan 1-1
Goals: Altintop 23 (Trabzonspor); Alvarez 17 (Inter)
Trabzonspor: Tolga Zengin; Celutska, Glowacki, Giray Kacar, Cech; Serkan Balci (Mierzekewski 64), Zokora, Colman; Halil Altintop, Alalnzinho (Paulo Henrique 85); Burak Yilmaz
Inter: Julio Cesar; Nagatomo, Samuel, Lucio, Chivu; Zanetti, Cambiasso; Alvarez (Faraoni 88), Stankovic, Zarate (Coutinho 69); Milito (Pazzini 85)
Napoli v Man City 2-1
Goals: Cavani 17, 49 (Napoli); Balotelli 33 (Man City)
Napoli: De Sanctis; Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica; Maggio, Inler (Dzemaili 58), Gargano, Dossena (Fernandez 88); Hamsik, Lavezzi; Cavani (Pandev 83)
Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta (Johnson 85), Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; Silva, De Jong (Nasri 70), Toure, Milner; Balotelli, Dzeko (Aguero 81)