Draw Inter 1-1 in the semi-final on the evening of June 13, Napoli reached the final of the Italy Cup with a total score of 2-1.
Losing 0-1 away four months ago, Inter had to have a goal to raise hope of going forward. In the second minute, from the left corner, Christian Eriksen put the visitors ahead when he shot the ball home. Goalkeeper David Ospina was about to start a header on the near post, and did not react in time when the ball was smooth, not touching any player in the air.
The early goal helped Interplay excited. In the first half, they had nine more finishes, half the home team. Featured are two close-range shots, in the penalty area of Antonio Candreva and a powerful header from Romelu Lukaku from close range. Antonio Conte’s army wants more goals, because if they can, they force Napoli to score two goals to continue (thanks to the away goal rule).
Conte’s decision to compensate for the compensation can be understood by Inter’s defense not playing well before Covid-19. In three matches in Italy, they conceded five times, and was the main reason Inter fell behind in the three-horse race to win the Scudetto with Juventus and Lazio.
On the evening of June 13, the trio of Alessandro Bastoni, Milan Skriniar, and Stefan De Vrij did not cover each other well. Many times they expose the gaps for the homeowners’ pace. Four minutes before the break, from the counter-attack on the left, Lorenzo Insigne drew two visitors defenders, before releasing them for Dries Mertens to easily cushion the ball close to the wall, equalizing 1-1.
In the second half, Napoli played a cluster and dropped deep into the yard. Coach Gennaro Gattuso only let Insigne and Mertens plugin above, making Inter almost only shooting long to find the way into Ospina goal. 75 minutes into the match, the visitors had the best opportunity to score when a player came on for Alexis Sanchez from a tight angle. The ball stretched, but missed the post.
Keeping the results, Napoli reached the Italian Cup final with a total score of 2-1. They will meet Juventus, who just eliminated AC Milan by the away goal rule on the evening of 12/6. Although the race in Serie A soon ended with the Southern team, they still salvaged hope in the cup tournaments when the semi-final round of 1/8 Champions League with Barca. The defeat in the Italian Cup made Conte’s first season with Inter more difficult. After winning like splitting bamboo at the beginning of the season, in the hands of “Nerazzurri” now only Europa League and Serie A, where they are nine points behind leaders Juventus.