With three more victories, Napoli are now one point ahead of Inter in second place in Serie A. In fact, the two sides are currently separated by four points with seven games left.
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri believes he can finish as runners-up to Inter’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, despite their only previous encounter being in the Champions League on aggregate.
“We’ve won all the games, we can win them all,” Sarri said.
With the win, Napolese now sit third in the table, four points ahead of Juventus, with Inter four points adrift.
Inter have won their past five games against Napoli, with only two draws.
This game will be remembered for the moment when Donnarumsi was sent off for a handball in the 74th minute after a penalty appeal by the referee, who was watching from the away end.
The match was played in the late afternoon at Napoli’s home stadium, the Colosseum.
It was the first time in years that Napoli have not had to face Inter in Serie B, with the team’s first two league matches being in 2013-14.
Napolese players were applauded for their efforts in the first half and were rewarded with a late goal from Mario Balotelli.
Balotelli added an eighth and ninth goal for Inter, as they finished second in Serie C, one point behind the leaders Juventus.
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