NAPOLI 1-1 INTER MILAN( Aggregate 2-1 Mertens fires club into coppa Italia finals.)

Napoli into first Coppa Italia final since their win in 2014 and will play Juventus in the final on June 17 in Rome

Image:Dries Mertens scored his 122nd goal for Napoli on Saturday evening

Napoli were 1-0 ahead from the first leg at the San Siro three months ago, but their advantage was wiped out barely two minutes in as Christian Eriksen – making his fourth Inter start since his January moved from Tottenham – curled a corner home.

But it was Dries Mertens’ (41) slotted finish after a superb break from Lorenzo Insigne that ultimately sealed Napoli’s place in Wednesday’s final against Juventus, overtaking Marek Hamsik (121) as the club’s highest scorer (122) in the process.

Napoli have made it to their first Coppa Italia final since 2014
Image:Napoli have made it to their first Coppa Italia final since 2014

InteR will rue their lack of cutting edge, having had the better of the chances throughout.

How Napoli made it past Inter

David Ospina is congratulated after he helped set up Napoli's goal
Image:David Ospina is congratulated after he helped set up Napoli’s goal

Within two minutes, Inter hauled themselves level in the tie. A fizzing corner from Eriksen bypassed everyone, shot through the legs of David Ospina and nestled into the far corner

It was a stop-start first half but Inter saw the lion’s share of the chances and should have gone further ahead.null

In the 16th minute, an impressive Antonio Candreva could only lift his effort over the bar before linking up with Eriksen 13 minutes later. His cross from the right was headed on by the Dane for Romelu Lukaku, but the striker directed his own nodded effort wide.

Player ratings

Napoli: Ospina (7), Di Lorenzo (7), Maksimovic (8), Koulibaly (8), Hysaj (6), Elmas (7), Demme (6), Zielinski (6), Politano (7), Mertens (8), Insigne (8).

Subs used:
Inter Milan: Handanovic (6), Skriniar (7), De Vrij (7), Baston (6), Candreva (7), Barella (6), Brozovic (7), Young (7), Eriksen (7), Lukaku (7), Martinez (5).

Subs used: Sanchez (7), Moses (7), Biraghi (7), Sensi (n/a), Ranocchia (n/a).

Man of the match: Dries Mertens