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Mauro Icardi struck the bar from kick-off in Inter 1-0 Napoli.

Mauro Icardi hit the crossbar with first kick of the game in Inter 1-0 Napoli

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Unfortunately, Inter Milan's 1-0 win against Napoli on Wednesday was marred by racism.

Napoli had two men sent off during the game and lost after Lautaro Martinez netted a stoppage time winner for the hosts.

But, the result paled into insignificance for the visitors after Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused during the match.

Koulibaly, who was sent off in the 80th minute of the contest, took to social media after the game to address the incident.

He wrote on Twitter: "I regret the defeat and especially to have left my brothers!

"But I'm proud of the colour of my skin. To be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: Man."

Well said, Kalidou. 

The game would also start off in stunning fashion.

FC Internazionale v SSC Napoli - Serie A

Inter were clearly looking to race out of the blocks against their rivals and Mauro Icardi decided to make an audacious effort right from the outset.

Due to rule changes, the ball does not require to go backwards from kick-off anymore.

And, Icardi decided he would try an audacious effort right from the first whistle.

It so nearly paid off, with his effort clearly surprising Alex Meret and cannoning against the crossbar.

So nearly something special from Icardi. What a goal that would have been had it gone in.

Serie A's quickest ever goal was scored by Paolo Poggi, who netted 8.1 seconds into a game between Piacenza and Fiorentina in 2001.

Icardi's effort, had it gone in, would have beaten that by around four seconds.

It would also have gone down as one of the quickest goals ever scored in football.

Inter have since been hit with a two-match stadium closure following the racism that Koulibaly suffered during the game.

Mauro Icardi hugs Kalidou Koulibaly during Inter 1-0 Napoli

They will also play a third match at the San Siro without opening the 'curva' section of the ground, popular with fans known as 'ultras'.

And Icardi himself has moved to condemn Inter's fans and show his support to the Napoli defender.

Accompanied by a picture of his arm around the Senegalese defender, Icardi wrote on Instagram: "I am disappointed with what happened yesterday at San Siro. Let's say STOP to racism and discrimination. 🤜🏻🤛🏿 #MI9"

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Alex Meret
Mauro Icardi
Kalidou Koulibaly
Napoli
Inter Milan
Serie A

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