Inter Milan player ratings vs Napoli, Lautaro Martinez steals the show

Inter Milan continued their healthy competition for the top four as they secured a close 1-0 triumph over Napoli in the Serie A on Boxing Day. The game was pretty much open-sided with both teams having equal attempts on goal but ultimately, the hosts prevailed with a slender victory after substitute Lautaro Martinez netted an injury-time winner against Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who finished with just nine men on the field.

Player Ratings:

Samir Handanovic: The Slovakian had a fairly comfortable game until the closing stages where he had to combine with Asamoah to restrict Napoli from scoring – 7/10

Danilo D’Ambrosio: The right-sided defender offered support on either side of the field but could not do much to impact the Nerazzurri’s showing upfront – 6.5/10

Stefan de Vrij: The Dutchman has improved the Nerazzurri backline since his summer move and he was comfortable handling the threat posed from the Naples outfit – 7/10

Milan Skriniar: Combined impressively with De Vrij once more and kept things tight at the back. Ultimately, no goal was allowed and that itself remains a victory for the pairing – 6.5/10

Kwadwo Asamoah: The Ghanaian has not experienced a top debut season with Inter but against Napoli, he was impressive with decisive interceptions while offering support – 7/10

Borja Valero: The veteran had a decent game and was subbed off during the second period. He did his job of linking up with the club’s frontmen without much fuss – 6.5/10

Joao Mario: Mario could not make the difference with another notable contribution and was replaced by the goalgetter. Still, he had a few attempts on goal but could not convert – 6.5/10

Marcelo Brozovic: Another commanding performance from the Croatian in the centre of the park. He played as the orchestrator setting up the players when going forward – 7/10

Matteo Politano: The Italian has been building his reputation this term and he came up with another strong display. He showed his strengths after getting past Koulibaly from a tricky position at one point – 7/10

Mauro Icardi: The skipper was regularly a threat in the opposition box. He got close to bagging the opener on a few occasions but could not find the back of Handanovic’s net – 7/10

Ivan Perisic: Perisic has not experienced the best of seasons with Inter. Still, he had a decent performance where he nearly assisted Icardi for what could have been a stunning goal – 6.5/10

Substitutes:

Keita Balde: The Senegalese offered the injection of pace coming off the bench and provided the decisive cross which contributed to Martinez’s match-defining goal – 7/10

Matias Vecino: Unlike Balde, he was not inspiring off the bench and he appeared a rather hidden figure when the game became intense towards the conclusion – 5/10

Lautaro Martinez: Coming off the bench, Martinez grabbed the vital winner with a fantastic left-footed finish from a sublime delivery from Balde. The timing of the goal ended Napoli’s hopes of a revival – 8/10

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