Supercoppa Italiana - The final will be SSC Napoli - FC Internazionale

The Supercoppa Italia final will be SSC Napoli v FC Internazionale. It will be played in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Monday, Jan 22.
Simone Inzaghi and Walter Mazzarri
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Analysis of the two semi-finals:

1. First semi-final: SSC Napoli v ACF Fiorentina 3-0

Alessio Zerbin, Giovanni Di Lorenzo
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More balanced match than the final result might suggest.

The team coached by Walter Mazzarri began in a more aggressive way. In fact, the first dangerous opportunity was the one brought about by Matteo Politano's usual play, i.e. a curling shot coming back onto his left foot, which forced the opposing goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano to save.

Subsequently, a quick action on the left side of the field favored the advance from the defense of Juan Jesus who pushed himself into the offensive zone making a valuable assist to Giovanni Simeone who threw the ball into the net, sealing the advantage.

Viola tried to get an equalizer with tenacity, trying to exploit one of their strengths: the free kicks. And, in fact, the equalizer would also be achieved on a free kick through Lucas Beltran. However, the goal was disallowed due to the Giacomo Bonaventura being offside.

Then, before the end of the first half, Jonathan Ikoné earned a penalty. Ikoné appeared on the spot but shot high despite having wrong-footed the opposing goalkeeper, thus nullifying his team's chance of equalizing.

In the second half, Napoli managed to resist the various attacks from Fiorentina which confirmed its offensive limit. A problem in the construction phase that has been going on for a little too long.

The last minutes of the match revealed an unexpected protagonist, Alessio Zerbin who not only scored his first goal with the Napoli shirt but also scored the third goal which closed the first semi-final of the competition.

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2. Second semi-final: FC Internazionale v SS Lazio 3-0

Marcus Thuram
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As predicted, Inter dominated the match from all points of view, strongly reaffirming their role as favorites in the final.

The team coached by Simone Inzaghi is in excellent shape, plays quickly and reaches the conclusion with disarming ease.

Lazio, for its part, never made itself truly dangerous, not even managing to take a shot into the opponent's goal.

A truly terrible performance. So much so that the Biancocelesti coach , Maurizio Sarri, at the end of the match expressed a certain annoyance at the insecure and not very proactive attitude of his team.

Also complaining that this is a defect that is now too recurrent, especially during big matches, when a less technical team than the opponent should compensate for this deficit with a more aggressive attitude.

Returning to the match, the first half ended 1-0 despite the Neroazzurri being dangerous on many occasions. French striker Marcus Thuram opened the scoring, following a fine backheel assist from Federico Dimarco. After that, Internazionale came close to doubling the lead on several occasions. First with Nicolò Barella who hit the crossbar, then with captain Lautaro Martinez who tries to score on several occasions.

In the second half, the Neroazzurri scored two more goals. First on a penalty, awarded with VAR. Hakan Calhanoglu converted and subsequently Davide Frattesi also put his name on the scoresheet, with a counterattack set up by an error from Lazio, closing a match that was never really in question.