Champions League: Napoli triumphs over Stella Rossa, eighth neighbors. Inter ko in Wembley, qualification gets complicated

Champions League: Napoli trionfa su Stella Rossa, ottavi vicini. Inter ko a Wembley, qualificazione si complica

Champions League: Napoli triumphs over Stella Rossa, eighth neighbors. Inter ko in Wembley, qualification gets complicated (Ansa)

ROME – Joy and sorrows for the Italian teams on Champions's Wednesday. Napoli has triumphed on the Red Star, thanks to an extraordinary Mertens that has reached 100 goals with the shirt of the Neapolitans, and has put a serious mortgage on the qualification. Ancelotti's team will only need a draw in Liverpool to eliminate the English from the Champions League. In the event of a defeat, Napoli will only pass the round if the PSG does not have the best of the Red Star.

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Inter bad. The Nerazzurri needed a draw at Wembley and instead came a subdued performance with a defeat that complicates the qualifying speech. Tottenham has engaged Inter but is on for direct matches. So Inter will have to win against PSV, and this is very likely, but at the same time he will have to hope for a misstep by Tottenham against a Barcelona that is already qualified as first in the group. In short, Inter is no longer master of his destiny because he will have to win and cheer Barcelona to get to the second round of second.

Tottenham-Inter 1-0, goal: Eriksen 79 '

Ranking: Barcelona 13, Tottenham and Inter 7 and Psv 1.

Wembley's rain hides the joke in the final. At the last minute they had celebrated Icardi and his companions, this time it was Tottenham's turn. The Inter wall in London holds for 80 'but collapses at the decisive moment: Eriksen gives the Spurs a victory that reopens all the qualifying speeches towards the knockout stages of the Champions League. A draw was enough for Spalletti's team to take the pass to the knockout phase. And for long stretches Inter seemed able to bring home the result, thanks to a defense capable of reacting to any English attack. But now the road is complicated and not a little, because with this 1-0 the men of Pochettino take the lead in direct clashes, thanks to the first leg goal in San Siro.

The Nerazzurri are therefore no longer masters of their own destiny: in the last round they will have to hope for a gift from Barcelona, ​​which will have to stop Tottenham at the Camp Nou, while Icardi and teammates will have to beat PSV at San Siro (or at least get a better result compared to what the English will do in Spain). The belligerent intentions of Tottenham have been guessed from the first minutes, despite Pochettino surprise, leaving out Eriksen and Son from the starting lineup.

The Spurs dominate possession, also because the Inter mistakes the playing field in very poor conditions, but the Nerazzurri defense holds well, granting little. Kane, Alli, Lucas and Lamela try, but without too much luck. Around half an hour the British raise the pressure even further, trying to crush Spalletti's team. It is no coincidence that the best opportunity for Tottenham: after an action insisted, Winks hits the crossbar with a right to turn from outside. Inter effort, betrayed by the big ones like Perisic and Nainggolan.

Just the Belgian is forced to go out after 44 'for muscle strain, the third physical problem in the season after the distraction in the thigh in the summer and the sprained ankle in the derby against Milan. In place of the former Roma comes Borja Valero, who has suffered a good opportunity, but cincelschia in the area and his shot is replied. The entry of the Spaniard revives the Nerazzurri at the beginning of recovery, driven by the over 4 thousand fans who arrived at Wembley from Milan. So much so that Skriniar touches the edge, with a paw on developments from corner that ends just wide. Pochettino tries the moves Son and Eriksen, as a signal to his to start attacking with more conviction.

Just Eriksen immediately puts a ball on the head of Vertonghen, who recently steps into the door. But it is Inter who is again close to scoring, Lloris is saved with a half miracle on Perisic's powerful left-hander. When the Nerazzurri seem to have the game in hand, it is the Tottenham to pass: percussion of Sissoko, ball inside for Dele Alli that serves the accident Eriksen, left-handed to overtake Handanovic and 1-0 for the English.

The reaction is immediate, with D'Ambrosio committing Lloris from a distance. Inter tries to the last, Asamoah has the right ball but Alderweireld rebuts the conclusion. Celebrate Tottenham, but the Nerazzurri can not stop to regret the result: Sunday is Rome, now Spalletti's team can not make mistakes.

The video with Eriksen's goal

79 'Tottenham lead. Son's assist for Eriksen who can not be wrong in front of Samir Handanovic.

The report cards of Tottenham-Inter 1-0

Tottenham beats Inter 1-0 (0-0). Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris 6.5, Aurier 6, Vertonghen 6.5, Alderweireld 6.5, Davies 6, Winks 5.5 (41 'st Dier sv), Sissoko 6, Lamela 5.5 (25' st Eriksen 7), Alli 6.5, Lucas 5 (17 'st Son 6.5), Kane 6.5. (22 Gazzaniga, 3 Roses, 16 Walker, 18 Llorente). All .: Pochettino 6.5.

Inter (4-2-3-1): Handanovic 6.5, D'Ambrosio 5.5, De Vrij 6.5 (37 'st Miranda 6), Skriniar 6.5, Asamoah 6, Vecino 5.5, Brozovic 5, Politano 6 (38' st Keita 5.5 ), Nainggolan 5 (44 'pt Borja Valero 6.5), Perisic 5, Icardi 5. (27 Padelli, 10 Lautaro Martinez, 13 Ranocchia, 87 Candreva). All .: Spalletti 5.5.

Referee: Cakir (Turkey) 6. Network: in st at 35 'Eriksen. Angles: 9-6. Recovery: 1 'and 3'. Ammonites: Alderweireld, Lamela, De Vrij, Son, Borja Valero for improper play. Spectators: 57.132.

** THE GOL ** – 35 'st: Sissoko's percussion on the right, low cross for Dele Alli who, back to the pool, serves the raging Eriksen who, with the left-handed, makes 1-0.

Napoli-Stella Rossa 3-1, goals: Marek Hamsik 10 ', Dries Mertens 33' and 53 ', El Fardou 57'.

Ranking : Napoli 9, Psg 8, Liverpool 6 and Stella Rossa 4.

The Naples overcomes without difficulty the Red Star. But it is not enough. The success of the Ancelotti team does not guarantee the qualification for the Champions League round of 16, in consideration of the PSG's victory over Liverpool. The Azzurri will have to go and earn money at the Reds' home, in the last round of the group, where they will also lose, but with no more than one goal difference. This is the case in which the PSG went to win in Belgrade because otherwise it could be the French to say goodbye to the Champions League. The game has little history.

The Red Star, which on paper would still be in full swing for qualifying for the next round, is without five owners due to injuries and we see that the already not particularly high potential is further degraded because the reserves that Milojevic is forced to sending in the field does not hold the opponent's pace, especially for obvious technical shortcomings. The Blues are constantly on the offensive and almost never let the Serbs out of their own half.

Ancelotti's team, unlike what happened last Sunday in the championship with Chievo, unlocks the game after only 10 'with a goal by Hamsik on a corner kick. The Serbs do not have the strength to react and it is always the Blues who keep the command of the operations. The Neapolitan midfielders continually supply Mertens and Insigne with playable balls and each time the defense of the Red Star ends up in trouble.

Mario Rui on the one hand and Maksimovic on the other side support the offensive action of Napoli on the side bands with continuity and this helps to prevent the Red Star to organize the offensive game with more chances of success because Ben Nabouhane on the right and Srnic on the left are constantly forced to chase their opponents to buffer the flaws that open repeatedly.

The goal of the doubling of the Neaples comes to 33 'with Mertens who uses a perfect suggestion of Ruiz. In the second half the characteristics of the race do not change. The Napoli is the third goal again with Mertens, launched by Hamsik, after only 6 'but the Red Star, this time, has the strength to react and, thanks to a distraction of the defense blue, reduces the distance to 12' with Ben Nabouhane.

The Serbs take courage and the race becomes more balanced. As the minutes pass, however, with the tiredness that makes itself felt, the play becomes more and more inaccurate and the race starts wearily at the end. The blue fans remain focused mainly on what happens in Paris and hope until the end in a miracle that would materialize with a goal from Liverpool that would be worth for Napoli the immediate qualification in the eighth final. But miracles do not always happen.

Video, with the three goals of Napoli to the Red Star

53 '- Mertens scores the goal of his double which is also the 100th with the Napoli shirt on Marek Hamsik's assist.

33 '- Doubling of Naples. Cross left from Fabian Ruiz and Dries Mertens wins the right-hand side.

10 '- Goal of Marek Hamsik. The Slovakian champion bests an assist of Maksimovic on the development of a corner kick in favor of Napoli.

5 '- Dries Mertens' applause heels, only a miraculous save from Borjan denied him the joy of the goal.

The report cards of Naples-Red Star 3-1

Napoli beat Stella Rossa 3-1 (2-0). Naples (4-4-2): Ospina 6, Maksimovic 6.5, Albiol 6 (1 'st Hysaj 6), Koulibaly 6, Mario Rui 6, Callejon 6.5 (40' st Rog sv), Allan 7, Hamsik 7.5, Ruiz 6.5 , Mertens 7, Insigne 6.5 (32 'st Zielinski sv). (27 Karnezis, 2 Malcuit, 42 Diawara, 99 Milik). All .: Ancelotti 7.

Red Star (4-2-3-1): Borjan 5.5, Simic 6 (32 'st Ebecilio sv), Babic 5, Degenek 5, Rodic 5.5, Gobeljic 5.5, Krsticic 6, Ben Nabouhane 6.5, Marin 5, Srnic 5 ( 19 'st Jovancic 5.5), Stojiljkovic 5 (1' st Joveljic 5). (1 Popovic, 37 Sumalia, 11 Ebecilio, 22 Cafù, 9 Pavkov). All. Milojevic 5.5.

Referee: Manzano (Spain) 7. Goals: in the pt 10 'Hamsik, 33' Mertens; in st 6 'Mertens, 12' Ben Nabouhane. Angles: 7-3 for Naples. Recovery: 3 'and 3'. Ammonites: Krsticic, Jovancic, Gobeljic and Hysaj for improper play. Spectators: 40 thousand.

*** I GOL *** – 10 'pt: corner kick by Mertens. Maksimovic extends the trajectory with a header and Hamsik sends the ball to the back of the net. – 33 'pt: on a cross from the left of Ruiz, slightly deflected by Degenek, Mertens pounced that bag with a deviation of the right outside.

– 6 'st: Mertens takes advantage of a perfect vertical throw of Hamsik, enters the penalty area and beats Borjan with a shot that goes under the crossbar. – 12 'st: Ben Nabouhane makes the most of an assist in vertical Marin and sends the ball into the net with a shot.

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