Fabian Ruiz’s fine goal gave Napoli the edge in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final against inter Milano.
Ruiz curled an excellent away goal from the edge of the area to send Antonio Conte’s Serie A leaders to only their second domestic defeat of the season.
Former Chelsea boss Conte was reserved throughout the second half as inter did not fashion any clear probabilities, and that they must currently win in Napoli next month.
AC Milano face Juventus on Thursday at the San Siro in the second semi-final.
Inter came from 2-0 right down to beat rivals AC at the weekend and go top of the table however they might not realize a late rally on this occasion.
Ashley Young, Alexis Sanchez and Christian Eriksen were all absent from the starting line-up and Dries Mertens and Piotr Zielinski each went close for Napoli within the first half.
Away fans from the Napoli region were banned from this match – a consequence of an occurrence in December 2018, once an inter fan died of his injuries when being knocked down by a van amid violence before a match between the sides.
Despite that ban, there were still many Milan-based Napoli supporters within to celebrate the winner from Ruiz.
The midfielder played a chic one-two on the edge of the box, then bent a left-footed strike around Daniele Padelli and into the top corner.
Eriksen and Taurus were introduced as inter tried to reply, with on-loan Manchester United forward Sanchez failing to induce an attempt away when well placed and Romelu Lukaku, another former Premier League striker, seeing a disorganized effort well saved.
Eriksen then had an attempt deflected wide however Napoli persisted to take the lead into the second leg, that takes place on 5 March.
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