In a match devoid of quality it was left to Fabian Ruiz to earn Napoli a slender first-leg advantage over Inter in their Coppa Italia semi.
Fabian Ruiz’s fine effort earned Napoli a potentially crucial 1-0 victory over Inter in Wednesday’s Coppa Italia semi-final first leg.
The Spain midfielder lit up an otherwise turgid San Siro affair with a finish right out of the top drawer shortly before the hour in Milan.
It proved the decisive moment against an Inter side – playing just three days on from beating Milan in the derby – lacking in creativity and Antonio Conte’s men will have to show more in a huge Serie A clash with Lazio on Sunday.
Napoli have been well off the pace in the league but Gennaro Gattuso will take heart from a resolute defensive display that sets them up well for the return tie on March 5.