HT: Napoli lose Mertens to injury

Napoli have had the better of the first half at San Siro against Inter, despite losing Dries Mertens to a potentially serious injury.

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There was only one point separating these sides, and that was the point docked from Napoli for the cancelled trip to Juventus, a matter that is still subject to appeal.

Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez, Radja Nainggolan and Matias Vecino missed out for the hosts, while Victor Osimhen was still suffering from a dislocated shoulder.

Napoli had started the brighter of the two teams, but when trying to keep the ball in play for a cross, Dries Mertens landed awkwardly and seemed to sprain his ankle as he went down. The Belgian was in tears getting treatment and the ankle was visibly swollen.

Moments later, Lautaro Martinez fired inches wide after Nicolò Barella intercepted a poor Kalidou Koulibaly pass.

Andrea Petagna replaced Mertens and tried to set up Piotr Zielinski, but the Poland international drilled off target.

Romelu Lukaku nodded wide from a couple of yards, but it wouldn’t have counted anyway for an earlier Lautaro Martinez push.

Inter 0-0 Napoli (Half-Time)

Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Gagliardini, Young; R Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez

Napoli: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Bakayoko, Demme; Lozano, Zielinski, L Insigne; Mertens (Petagna 16)

Ref: Massa