Dries Mertens sent Napoli to the Italian Cup final on Saturday after scoring the goal that gave his team a 2-1 aggregate semifinal victory over Inter Milan and made him the club's top scorer of all time. .
Napoli will face Juventus in Wednesday's final in Rome, thanks to Belgium striker Mertens, who scored his 122nd goal for Napoli four minutes before the break to score the score 1-1 at night and secure the overall victory after 1-0 for the first time victory at San Siro in February.
Christian Eriksen leveled the tie for Inter directly from a corner in the second minute and the visiting team continued to dominate the first half, but Mertens ended a lightning strike to place the hosts at the Stadio San Paolo.
Mertens, 33, overtakes Marek Hamsik and is seven ahead of Diego Maradona, who has scored 115 goals in all competitions and won two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup in his tumultuous seven years in southern Italy.
Although there were no fans in the San Paolo stands, the public broadcaster RAI reported that a small number of Napoli fans who had gathered outside San Paolo fired fireworks during the break, celebrating Merten's goal.
Mertens moved to Napoli from PSV Eindhoven in 2013 and was so established in Naples that fans nicknamed him & # 39; Ciro & # 39 ;, a very common Neapolitan name.
Napoli will face Juve at the Italian capital's Stadio Olimpico after Maurizio Sarri's team overcame AC Milan in away goals after a 0-0 draw in Turin on Friday, the first competitive football game in Italy. Italy since the country became the global epicenter of the coronavirus.
As in Friday's match, Napoli and Inter players gathered around the central circle for a minute of silence in honor of the more than 34,000 people who died in Italy as a result of COVID-19.
There will likely be a large television audience for two of the clubs with the greatest support from Italy.
According to Italian media, some 8.3 million people entered RAI to watch Friday's goalless draw at Juve's Allianz Stadium, the biggest TV audience for a football match this season.