Inter Milan 2-1 Napoli: Missed Chances Doom Napoli

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Inter Milan 2-1 Napoli: Missed Chances Doom Napoli
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In calcio, and in life, it's quite simple: If you don't make the most of your opportunities, you'll always come up short. 

Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri said as much following his side's defeat Sunday: 

“Andrea Stramaccioni’s side did well to take all their scoring opportunities,” Mazzarri said. 

“The game was in the balance right to the end, so that was what made the difference. The second half was our monologue. I complimented the lads for their performance, but pointed out they have got to be more determined in front of goal."

For Napoli, that's about the long and the short of it—shaky defending and suspect keeping. Sorry, but when a team only gets two shots on net and they both go in, that's not going to cut it no matter the circumstances. 

The first strike for Internazionale came in the eighth minute from Fredy Guarin. On a corner, he ran from well behind the box toward the goal, was unmarked and scorched one past Morgan De Sanctis inside the right post.

The second goal was a nice mixture of bad defending and questionable keeping that allowed Diego Milito to double his home side's lead in the 39th minute. 

It was all the Nerazzurri would need.

Throughout the match, Napoli had tons of chances. They took 21 shots, six on goal. Far more than Inter's total of eight shots with two on goal. The Partenopei had nine corners to Inter's four and had the ball much longer than the home side with 62 percent of the possession.

Sounds like the way to win a game, right?

Luckily for Azzurri fans, Edinson Cavani was able to convert in the 54th minute on what was a circus of action in front of Inter's net, putting El Matador's total at 11 on the season in 13 appearances.

He's still second in Serie A scoring behind AC Milan's white-hot Stephen El Shaarawy, who pushed his season total to 13, Saturday, against Torino

For Inter, they leap-frogged Napoli to secure second place in the table with 34 points. Napoli remain at 33 points and drop to third place. 

Looking ahead, Napoli might have a chance to gain that ground back when Inter travel to face a tough Lazio side in the next round's fixture. Conversely, Napoli host Bologna and should win.

As Mazzarri and his side look back on Sunday's tough loss, they would do well to remember: It's all about quality not quantity.

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