Mancini: Inter did not deserve to lose

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Internazionale boss Roberto Mancini feels his side did not deserve to lose in their 2-1 Serie A defeat to Napoli on Monday evening.

Gonzalo Higuain scored a brace, before Adem Ljajic pulled one back on 67 minutes, but Inter were forced to play the second half with 10 men after Yuto Nagatomo was sent off for a second yellow just before the interval.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Mancini said: "Personally I'm happy because we were always in it, even in the first half.

"Yuto was sent off for a little foul. We would never have lost 11 v 11 and we might even have won it because we played brilliantly.

"Sadly that's football for you. [Jose] Callejon clearly dived for Nagatomo's first booking, whereas for the second Yuto could have been a bit more careful.

"It was a very open game that was ruined by an unfair sending off, so it's hard to assess. [Pepe] Reina and Higuain were exceptional.

"As I said, that's football but there's no shame in losing if you've played well against the best team in the league and two of their players have had a night like that. On this occasion they got lucky and we didn't."