Record-breaking Mertens sends Napoli to Italian Cup final

first_img Loading… Read Also: Bonucci defends Ronaldo: Even the greatest miss penalties The second, in the 82nd minute, came after a flowing move in which substitute Alexis Sanchez found Eriksen with a lovely backheeled pass, laying on the Dane for a golden chance to take the tie to penalties. However there was another bum note for Ospina after his best game for Napoli, as his late booking for time wasting means he will miss the final. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 According to Italian media, some 8.3 million people tuned into RAI to watch Friday’s goalless draw at Juve’s Allianz Stadium, the largest TV audience for a football match this season. They were immediately thrown into the action thanks to Eriksen, whose near-post cross from a corner flashed past a host of players and squirmed under a surprised David Ospina in the Napoli goal. Inter then dominated for long stretches of the first half, and should have gone two ahead on the night seconds before Mertens struck when Antonio Candreva opted to shoot, forcing a good save from Ospina, with three teammates ready for a pass in the box. Ospina was then crucial to Napoli going ahead in the tie, as it was his quick pass which sent Insigne scurrying towards the Inter area. The Italy international drew defenders towards him before releasing a perfect pass for Mertens, who stroked home first time under Samir Handanovic. Ospina kept a powerful Inter side at bay with some super goalkeeping to make up for his early blunder, the Colombian making two excellent stops from Eriksen in five minutes towards the end. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayIncredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Dries Mertens fired Napoli to the Italian Cup final on Saturday after netting the goal which gave his side a 2-1 aggregate semi-final win over Inter Milan and made him the club’s all-time top scorer. Dries Mertens slots home his 122nd Napoli goal to become the club’s all-time top goalscorer Napoli will face Juventus in Wednesday’s final in Rome thanks to Belgium forward Mertens, who slotted home his 122nd goal for Napoli four minutes before half-time to make the score 1-1 on the night and give them overall victory after a 1-0 first-leg win at the San Siro in February. Christian Eriksen had levelled the tie for Inter straight from a corner in the second minute and the away side continued to dominate the first half, but Mertens ended a lightning counter-attack to put the hosts through at the Stadio San Paolo. “We wanted the final at all costs and we achieved that. Now we need to recuperate and be ready for the final in a few days,” said Lorenzo Insigne, who set up Merten’s winner. Mertens, 33, overtakes Marek Hamsik and moves seven clear of Diego Maradona, who scored 115 goals in all competitions and won two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup over his seven tumultuous years in southern Italy. Although there were no fans in the stands at the San Paolo, public broadcaster RAI reported that a small number of Napoli supporters that had gathered outside the San Paolo set off fireworks throughout half-time in celebration of Merten’s goal and after the match. Mertens moved to Napoli from PSV Eindhoven in 2013 and has become so settled in Naples that fans have nicknamed him ‘Ciro’, a hugely common Neapolitan name. Sporting director Christian Giuntoli said pre-match that both club and player want to extend his contract, set to expire at the end of the month. Napoli will take on Juve at the Italian capital’s Stadio Olimpico after Maurizio Sarri’s side squeezed past AC Milan on away goals following a 0-0 draw in Turin on Friday, Italy’s first competitive football match since the country become the global coronavirus epicentre. – Ospina fends off Inter – As with Friday’s match, Napoli and Inter players gathered around the centre circle for a minute’s silence in tribute to the more than 34,000 people who have died in Italy as a result of COVID-19. There will likely be a big television audience for two of Italy’s best-supported clubs.last_img read more

NC State looks to extend streak vs Pitt

first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com SUPER SENIORS: North Carolina State has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Markell Johnson, Devon Daniels, C.J. Bryce, D.J. Funderburk and Jericole Hellems have collectively accounted for 78 percent of the team’s scoring this season and 90 percent of all Wolfpack points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: M. Johnson has made or assisted on 46 percent of all North Carolina State field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 20 field goals and 19 assists in those games.STREAK STATS: Pittsburgh has lost its last six road games, scoring 63.7 points, while allowing 73.8 per game.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Panthers have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Pack. North Carolina State has an assist on 37 of 85 field goals (43.5 percent) across its past three matchups while Pittsburgh has assists on 37 of 59 field goals (62.7 percent) during its past three games.STIFLING DEFENSE: Pittsburgh has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 23.5 percent of all possessions, the second-highest rate among all ACC teams. That figure has slipped to 21.9 percent during the team’s five-game losing streak, however. February 27, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPittsburgh (15-14, 6-12) vs. North Carolina State (17-11, 8-9)PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: North Carolina State looks for its ninth straight win in the head-to-head series over Pittsburgh. In its last eight wins against the Panthers, North Carolina State has won by an average of 9 points. Pittsburgh’s last win in the series came on Jan. 4, 2014, a 74-62 victory.center_img NC State looks to extend streak vs Pitt Associated Press last_img read more

Welbeck needs time: Gyan

first_imgGhana striker Asamoah Gyan says his strike partner at Sunderland Danny Welbeck needs more time before making a decision about where his international future lies.The 20-year old is eligible to play for Ghana, the land of his parents but can also represent England where he was born.The GFA has stepped up efforts to sign him on for Ghana and while Gyan believes there is a chance he will play for the Black Stars he admits nothing is certain now.Gyan and John Mensah who also play for Sunderland have done their best to convince the player his international prospects will be well served by the Ghana but the response, Gyan says has always been the same; give me more time.“He has not made up his mind yet and says he needs more time to think through it. Myself and Mensah have spoken to him about playing for Ghana,” Gyan told KickOffGhana.com.“He is a very good player, young and talented so he will be helpful to Ghana but we need to give him more time.”Source: Kickoff.comlast_img read more