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Both goalkeepers shine at San Paolo as the match ended in a goalless draw

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Samir Handanovic’s heroics ended Napoli’s perfect run of this season. The top table clash in San Paolo stadium was a exquisite display of football for the viewers.

Looking to get back to winning ways following Tuesday’s 2-1 Champions League loss to Manchester City, league leaders Napoli were denied a ninth straight league victory by the brilliance of visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

The Slovenian produced a sparkling double save in the first half of a tense battle and denied Dries Mertens in injury time as the hosts failed to find the net for the first time since a 2-0 loss to Atalanta in February.

Napoli failed to make it 9 wins on a row as the Partenopei are just 2 points above Inter at the top of Serie A table.

Inter also came close a few times as Borja Valero’s effort was brilliantly kept out by his compatriot Pepe Reina. The Spanish midfielder did look favourite to score from the position he was in, but the night belonged to goalkeepers and hence Reina stood firm to keep the scoreline goal-less.

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Lorenzo Insigne was a continuous threat to Inter’s defence as the Italian was making brilliant runs through the left flank. But even he could not break the deadlock.

However, the draw also allows reigning champions Juventus – who travel to Udinese on Sunday – the chance to close the gap on the top two in what is shaping up to be a very exciting early title race in Serie A.