As it happened: Napoli reach Coppa Italia final

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That's all for now...

I've been Alec Whitaker and it's been a pleasure to bring to you all of tonight's action. 
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Post-match analysis

NAPOLI: Gennaro Gattuso will be delighted with the performance of his side, who had to dig in deep in the last 15 minutes to see the game out AND with Mertens, who's goal meant he became the club's all-time top goalscorer.

Gattuso will also be pleased with the fitness of his side and looking a constant threat on the counter-attack throughout the entirety of the match.

Key player: Ospina was arguably the MOTM and deserves great credit, as he made a number of crucial saves to keep the scoreline at 1-1. Without those stops at key moments in the match, Inter would have prevailed.

INTER MILAN: Antonio Conte's wait to win a Coppa Italia title continues.

The ex-Italy and Chelsea manager can take praise in the fact that his side had double the amount of shots (14) and dominated the possession statistics with 61%, but when it came to putting the ball in the back of the net, they failed to make it count. 

Key player: Eriksen contributed the most to the match and looked like he would be the one to find the breakthrough, but he lacked clinical prowess, like the rest of his teammates.

 

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Full-time: Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

They've done it! Napoli survived the onslaught and have held on to reach their 10th Coppa Italia final!

They will be the ones to face Juventus in Rome on 17 June. 

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90+2' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

Napoli are living on the edge, as the defence drops deeper and down.

Patience build-up play from the visitors results in nothing. 

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90' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

The fourth official indicates 5 minutes of added time.

 

It's now or never...

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89' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

SUB: In a desperate plea to find a goal, Conte brings on Sensi for Eriksen, who has had several key chances in this encounter. 
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87' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

Inter are pushing men forward.

One goal now changes everything for Inter and would almost certainly see them through to the final of the Coppa Italia in Rome on Wednesday. 

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83' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

SUB: Allan is introduced for Zielinski. 
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82' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

CLOSE: Nice intricate play results in Eriksen pulling the trigger, his shot is parried into the path of substitute Moses, who blasts over from close range.

Inter beginning to dominate possession in these closing stages as Napoli look to hold on to what they have. 

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80' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

Inter are running out of time, as the game enters the final 10 minutes, but they have the quality to get back into this game. 

 

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76' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

Eriksen stands over a free-kick 30 yards from goal. He decides to drill his shot towards Ospina's left-hand post, but the goalkeeper dealt with the danger well and parried his effort away to safety. 
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75' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

CLOSE: Sanchez comes alive inside the box and shoots towards goal, but his effort narrowly misses the bottom corner.

 

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72' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

Antonio Conte introduces Alexis Sanchez for Candreva as he looks for fresh options in attack.

 

Elsewhere, Ruiz is brought on for Elmas, Callejon is replaced by Politano, who has failed to really impact the game and top goalscorer Milik is brought on for record top goalscorer, Mertens.

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69' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

The intensity has dropped significantly. 

 

Fatigue may well be having an impact on both sides at this stage in the match having not played a competitive game for over 3 months. 

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66' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

Inter need to increase their intensity in this game if they hope on getting the next goal. 

They haven't looked the same fluid side since the restart. 

 

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64' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

Insigne runs with the ball from inside his own half on a mazy run and decides to shoot with his right foot from a promising angle.

However, his effort was weak and subsequently, it sailed into the grateful arms of Handanovic. 

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61' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

Martinez wins a free-kick in a promising crossing position. 

Eriksen delivered a promising looking ball into the box, but the danger was averted by the Napoli defence.

 

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58' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

With a lack of options ahead of him, Eriksen decided to try his luck from 30 yards, but Ospina saved his effort without any trouble. 
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56' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

Mertens and Koulibaly appeal to the referee for a handball on De Vrij, but the referee and VAR are having none of it.

Napoli have enjoyed a bright start to this second half. 

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54' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

CLOSE: Insigne arrived late in the box, swiveled his man and then unleashed a low driven shot towards  Handanovic's bottom right corner.

However, his effort drifted agonizingly wide. 

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53' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

Inter are looking to play their way through Napoli, but the hosts are squeezing the play well. 
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51' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

Brozovic shoots from 18 yards, but his effort is gathered comfortably by Ospina.
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49' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

Both sides are yet to find their rhythm in the early stages of this second half.
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46' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

The visitors get the second half action underway at the San Paolo Stadium. 

Neither side felt the need to make any changes at the interval.

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Half-time: Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

An entertaining end-to-end first half with chances for both sides. 

As it stands Napoli are heading through to the final where they will face 13x winners Juventus in the final on 17 June. 

Inter have it ALL to do!

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41' Napoli 1-1 Inter Milan

GOAAAAAAAAL!!!

A goal on the counter-attack for the hosts!

Ospina launches the ball to Insigne on the left-wing, who beats Eriksen before unselfishly putting the ball on a plate for Mertens, who's shot slides under Handanovic!

He's now their new record goalscorer! A penalty shoot-out won't be required now.
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40' Napoli 0-1 Inter Milan

Candreva bursts into the box and decides to pull the trigger forcing Ospina into tipping the ball over the bar. 

His teammates are frustrated as he had several other passing options. 

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37' Napoli 0-1 Inter Milan

De Vrij joins Ashley Young in the referee's book for clattering into Mertens.

 

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32' Napoli 0-1 Inter Milan

CHANCE: Lukaku comes close to doubling his side's advantage, as his glancing header from Ashley Young's left-winged cross forces Ospina into making a smart diving save.
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Away goals rule

A reminder that away goals count at this stage in the Coppa Italia.

Therefore, if the scoreline remained the same, a penalty shootout would be required to decide the outcome of the match. 

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27' Napoli 0-1 Inter Milan

Two chances in quick succession for the away side.

Brozovic attempted a speculative long-range effort, which flew out of play for a goal kick and moments later Lukaku glanced a header wide from 12 yards. 

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25' Napoli 0-1 Inter Milan

Mertens cuts inside his man in the box and shoots looking to find the top right corner, but Bastoni does well to block his effort, allowing Handanovic to easily claim. 
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22' Napoli 0-1 Inter Milan

Inter break and Eriksen is given the space and time to unleash a shot on Ospina's goal from outside the box. Unfortunately for him, his shot is easily saved. 
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20' Napoli 0-1 Inter Milan

Nice intricate build-up play from the hosts results in them winning a free-kick 30-yards from goal.

Mertens stood over it, but he couldn't get the required elevation to test Handanovic.

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16' Napoli 0-1 Inter Milan

Inter have settled the better of the two teams in the opening exchanges and look the more likely to double their lead.   

Candreva drifted inside and unleashed a powerful effort, which looked to have Ospina worried, but the ball sailed over the former Arsenal goalkeepers bar. 

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12' Napoli 0-1 Inter Milan

It's been a fast start from Antonio Conte's side, but the tempo of the game has slowed a little, as both sides enjoy spells of possession. 
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06' Napoli 0-1 Inter Milan

Despite being a goal down, Napoli still look threatening in attack.

They win their second corner of the game but it fails to test Inter's defence.

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02' Napoli 0-1 Inter Milan

GOAAAAAAAL!! - The visitors lead in somewhat peculiar fashion!

Di Lorenzo attempted to chest the ball back to Ospina, but his misplaced chested pass went out of play for a corner.

From the resulting corner, Christian Eriksen swung in the ball, which went all the way through the Napoli defence and past the helpless Ospina. 

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01' Napoli 0-0 Inter Milan

Insigne wins an early corner for Napoli, but the danger is cleared 
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Kick-off

Napoli get the first-half underway kicking from right to left in their traditional blue and white colours.

 

It’ll be interesting to see how these two sides fair playing in an empty stadium for the first time this season.

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They will now observe a one minute's silence to remember all of the lives lost from the Coronavirus pandemic.
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The player's are out on the pitch at the Stadio San Paolo and following the appropriate Coronavirus guidelines. 
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The man with the whistle:

Gianluca Rocchi of Italy takes control of tonight's game. 
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With Napoli struggling for goals this season and with top-goalscorer Arkadiusz Milik named on the bench, it will be interesting to see how the front three of Matteo Politano, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne fair in what look's like a 4-3-3 formation. 
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Inter's impressive strikers (stats)

Lukaku has had no problem finding the back of the net in Italy.

Since his multi-millionaire pound move to Nerazzurri, he's managed to score 17 goals in just 25 appearances, as well as adding two more to his collection in the Coppa Italia. 

Combine this with the ever-improving Lautaro Martinez, who has netted 11 goals in the league this season, it's fair to say the duo are a force to be reckoned with. 

The question is, can the pair continue their impressive goalscoring records after such a long break away from football?

 

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Team News:

Here's how Gennaro Gattuso has lined up his Napoli side for the visit of Inter Milan: 

 

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Team News:

Antonio Conte opts for the firepower of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, as his side look to overturn the 1-0 deficit from the semi-final first leg back on 12 February. 

 

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Inter Milan: Predicted XI

Handanovic, Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni, Candreva, Eriksen, Brozovic, Barella, Young, Martinez, Lukaku.
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Napoli: Predicted XI

Ospina, Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Rui, Demme, Zielinski, Ruiz, Callejon, Mertens, Insigne.
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Inter Milan: Team news

Conte could have the option of implementing Alexis Sanchez after recovering from an ankle problem, but he'll have to muscle his way into the team ahead of the prolific strike partnership of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez. Matias Vecino looks likely to miss this one out after suffering an injury setback, so too is Diego Godin, who is reportedly not quite match fit.
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Napoli: Team news

Gattuso is expected to have an almost fully fit squad to pick from. However, he is likely to be without the defensive pairing of Kostas Manolas and Kevin Malcuit.
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Conte looking to add first Coppa Italia as manager

Inter manager Antonio Conte is used to winning silverware in Italy as a player having won the UEFA Champions League, five Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia, among other honors with Juventus.

Conte is also a serial trophy-winning manager having guided his former team, Juventus to 3 Serie A titles, 2 Supercoppa Italiana's, as well as the lifting the Premier League and FA Cup with Chelsea.

However, the Coppa Italia has always alluded the former Italian national team manager.

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Napoli looking to reach 10th Coppa Italia final

The last time Napoli reached the final of the Coppa Italia was in 2014 when they recorded a 5-3 win on aggregate against Roma. That year they then went on to lift the trophy by beating Fiorentina 3-1.

Troubles may have presented themselves to Napoli both on and off the pitch, but with those problems now firmly behind them and with Serie A legend, Gennaro Guttuso at the helm, the dream for all Napoli fans would be to go on and make it to their 10th Coppa Italia final.

However, that'll be no easy feat as Antonio Conte's stubborn Inter Milan side stand in their way.

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Semi-final 1st leg (12/02/20)

It's been 113 days since these two sides last met in the 1st leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final on 12 February at the San Siro.

On that night, Fabian Ruiz's second-half curling left-footed finesse shot from 18 yards was enough to send the visitors home with an all-important away goal and slender solitary goal advantage.

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This will be the first time these two sides have played since the return of football in Italy, because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
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Kick off time

The Napoli vs Inter Milan match will be played at the Stadio San Paolo, in Naples, Italy.

The kick off is scheduled at 20:00 BST.

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