Juan Jesus gives Napoli the equalizer in the away match against Inter Milan

With this result, the league leaders interrupted their streak of consecutive victories in Serie A in the new year, while still maintaining a wide gap from their pursuers.

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FC Internazionale v SSC Napoli / Nicolò Campo/GettyImages

Both teams were looking for a great performance that could alleviate the disappointment resulting from the early exit from the UEFA Champions League following defeats against two Spanish clubs.

In any case, the Inter Milan coach, Simone Inzaghi, deployed his typical formation while the Napoli coach, Francesco Calzona, had to do without his offensive leader Victor Osimhen, replacing him with striker Giacomo Raspadori who was preferred to the Argentine Giovanni Simeone.

The Neroazzurri were appreciated for their greater offensive pressure while the Azzurri for their diligent defensive attention, at least until a double favorable opportunity occurred for the home team.

Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret made a double save, combining position and reactivity, first on Matteo Darmian's header and immediately after on Lautaro Martinez's close-range shot.

Afterwards, due to the tactical stalemate, only a few individual initiatives were seen, however, it did not lead to any results. On the one hand, with Federico Dimarco and Marcus Thuram, on the other with Zambo Anguissa and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

It seemed the first half was about to end goalless, however, in the 43rd minute, Interbsuddenly took the lead with a goal from Matteo Darmian who, having entered the penalty area and positioned himself near the penalty spot , was well served by a cross from teammate Alessandro Bastoni who had advanced on the left side of the pitch.

After the goal, the Napoli players immediately reacted but the Neroazzurri defense proved solid.

The first half thus ended with a provisional score of 1-0 in favor of the home team.

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Matteo Darmian celebrates his second goal in the championship / Anadolu/GettyImages

During the match a very controversial episode occurred involving Juan Jesus and Inter defender, Francesco Acerbi. The former drew the attention of the referee, claiming his colleague had insulted him with a racist phrase.

The Neroazzurri started aggressively, reaching the conclusion twice. First with a treacherous shot by Lautaro Martinez, saved by the opposing goalkeeper, and by a shot that went wide by Marcus Thuram.

Immediately afterwards, the visiting team began to attack with a different determination compared to that of the first half which ended with zero shots on target.

An initiative by the Kvaratskhelia worried the defense but did not find its way to the net.

Shortly after the first hour of play, the Napoli coach replaced the disappointing Giacomo Raspadori, bringing in Giovanni Simeone in his place.

Shortly after his arrival, it was the Argentine striker who scored a header which was blocked by Sommer.

While, in the 79th minute, coach Simone Inzaghi recalled Federico Dimarco and Lautaro Martinez to the bench, both applauded by their fans, and Denzel Dumfries and Alexis Sanchez came on.

Despite the fresh forces, the away team continued to attack and won a valuable corner in the 81st minute.

From the development of the corner, taken by Matteo Politano, came the equalizer from the Brazilian defender Juan Jesus, who managed to take advantage of a deflection by the defense from a few steps away.

The equalizer gave the feeling that Napoli could also look for the winning goal.

However, in the final minutes, both teams showed signs of tiredness, probably due to the efforts of recent international matches, and there were no further favorable opportunities to break the deadlock.

The referee then called Acerbi back for clarification and no action was taken against him on the pitch.

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While awaiting the judge's decision, this issue has fueled numerous debates among the media regarding the persistent problem of racism in the world of football.