Inter, Napoli benefit from draw
Inter Milan guaranteed themselves second place in Serie A, while Napoli settled for third and automatic qualification for the UEFA Champions League as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw tonight.
Samuel Eto'o put Inter ahead in the 14th minute before Camilo Zuniga levelled for Napoli on the stroke of half-time. Chances were harder to come by in the second half, with both teams perhaps content to take a point.
It was Inter who dominated the early going, though, knowing that Napoli could close to within a point of them with victory. Houssine Kharja played a neat back-heel to tee up Eto'o for the first chance in the ninth minute, but the Cameroon striker blazed over the crossbar.
He did much better five minutes later, however, finding the net with a right-footed shot after a defence-splitting pass from Diego Milito.
They could have doubled their advantage in the 43rd minute when Kharja's cross found Maicon, but his effort struck the post. And that proved costly moments later when Christian Maggio set up Zuniga for a left-footed finish.
Inter were on the attack again early in the second half, but Morgan De Sanctis made a good save to deny Milito after the Argentinian had beaten three defenders before getting a shot away from the edge of the area. At the other end, Zuniga wriggled free of the Inter defence, but then sent his shot wastefully wide.
Both sides then seemed to close shop, although there was one late chance for Napoli that was missed when Hassan Yebda saw his header cleared away from the line.