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UEFA Champions League

Etihad Stadium (ATT 44,026) 14th September 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: J Eriksson

Man City Manchester City vs Napoli Napoli

Man City 1

A Kolarov (75)


Napoli 1

E Cavani (69)

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Last Updated at 9:36 pm, September 14th 2011

  1. Indeed it is, full-time in Manchester.

  2. 90+3

    Johnson's delivery fails to beat the first man and that could be that.

  3. 90+2

    Tevez, who has been off the boil since coming on, springs to life and bursts forward on a menacing run, eventually earning a corner.

  4. 90+1

    Napoli have possession in the first minute of the three added, and they're pressing.

  5. 90

    Silva has a vague penalty appeal turned down as we approach stoppage time, of which there'll be three minutes.

  6. 89

    Santana comes on for Hamsik.

  7. 88

    Aronica halts a run from Johnson, with the England man almost through on goal.

  8. 87

    A mistake by Kompany allows Pandev in but Hart comes to his rescue by racing off his line to block an attempt on goal.

  9. 86

    Napoli win a free-kick after failing to take an advantage and the visitors are in no hurry

  10. 85

    Dzemaili cuts inside on to his right foot and slices an effort into the stands, much to the frustration of his manager, who is animated on the touchline.

  11. 84

    Cavani is replaced by 2010 Champions League winner Pandev.

  12. 83

    Pandev is preparing to come on as Yaya shoots well wide from around 25 yards.

  13. 82

    With his first-touch, Tevez wrong-foots Silva and Napoli collect.

  14. 81

    Aguero leads a City break following a Napoli corner and wins a free-kick. Meanwhile, Tevez comes on for Dzeko.

  15. 80

    Johnson collects a return from a short corner and shoots towards the near-post, but De Sanctis is not to be fooled.

  16. 79

    Finally, we have a score-line worthy of the play. It's been a great game and I've a feeling there's a winner in this either way.

  17. 78

    Dzeko collects with his back to goal and, on the turn, he screws his shot wide. Great work by Johnson on the wing to create that chance.

  18. 77

    Kolorav apparently had a broken nose when taking that free-kick, hence being withdrawn. City are on the ball now with the home support now full of life and urging them forward.

  19. 76

    Goalscorer Kolarov is immediately replaced by Clichy while Nasri makes way for Johnson as City go all out for the win now.

  20. City are level and it's a superb direct free-kick from Kolarov, who bends an effort over the wall and into the bottom corner with Napoli's keeper rooted to the spot.

  21. 74


  22. 73

    Off the bar from Aguero, who steals in at the near post and flicks on only to see the woodwork deny City once more.

  23. 72

    It was a fantastic goal by the way, great movement and great decision making, not to mention the flawless finish. Napoli break in search of a second but Hamsik drags an effort well wide of goal.

  24. 71

    City regain possession and the atmosphere amongst the home support has gone a little flat, but the team need them right now.

  25. 70

    The away support can be heard over the home support now, the visitors are in front.

  26. Oh dear Gareth Barry, it's his attempted back-heel which allows Maggio to collect and stream forward and he feeds in a lovely weighted pass towards Cavani who slots it beneath the outrushing Hart.

  27. 69


  28. 68

    The set-play comes to little and the hosts are back on the ball. Tevez is warming up on the touchline.

  29. 67

    Hamsik collects out wide and shoots for goal, only being denied by a last-ditch lunge from Zabaleta. Napoli have a corner.

  30. 66

    Dzeko beats two Napoli defenders but takes on one too many.

  31. 65

    City regain possession and will look for another big push to breach this Italian defence.

  32. 64

    Dzemaili allows the ball to run across his body before he opens up and lets fly with a ferocious effort, which swerves away from goal at the last.

  33. 63

    Maggio's cross is booted clear by Lescott in a rare Italian attack.

  34. 62

    City look as though they're preparing a change.

  35. 61

    An hour has passed and it remains 0-0, but it's by no means a poor game here. You sense a moment of brilliance is going to settle it either way

  36. 60

    Cannavaro gets across Dzeko and puts the ball into touch.

  37. 59

    Inler goes into the book for a late trip on Yaya. That's the fourth booking for the visitors.

  38. 58

    Dzemaili replaces Lavezzi for the visitors in their first change.

  39. 57

    Nasri, who has been quiet for some time now, shoots wide from just outside the penalty area.

  40. 56

    A neat step-over from Dzeko creates space for a shot but the striker fires straight at Napoli's keeper.

  41. 54

    City are encouraged by a couple of half-chances and up the pressing, but Napoli are standing firm.

  42. 53

    Cannavaro wins an aerial battle with Aguero but almost turns it into his own net. From the corner, Lescott heads wide when well place to do at least hit the target.

  43. 52

    Silva's cross is glanced away by the Napoli defence but City continue to press.

  44. 51

    Tempers threaten to flare up but the referee restores order and City come away with a free-kick.

  45. 50

    Incredible goal-line clearance from Kompany as Napoli spring into life. A back-post pass finds Hamsik unmarked and the playmaker volleys on target, beating Hart but not the Belgian who boots clear from literally on the line.

  46. 49

    Napoli's sturdy defence keeps City at bay once more as Barry is denied from close range by a last-ditch block.

  47. 48

    Silva arrives into the box with pace, so much so that he can't control Dzeko's cross.

  48. 47

    Lavezzi is unfortunate not to win a corner off Lescott.

  49. 46

    Napoli get the ball rolling in the Etihad Stadium once more.

  50. The sides are back out for the second-half....

  51. Half-time at the Etihad Stadium.

  52. 45+1

    One minute will be added to the end of the first half.

  53. 45

    Aguero cuts inside onto his right but, when well placed to cross, he opts to shoot and he does so way off target.

  54. 44

    City are on top as half-time approaches, Napoli will be glad to hear the whistle at this stage.

  55. 43

    Aronica is the latest Napoli defender to go into the book for a late lunge on Aguro just outside the penalty area.

  56. 42

    Kolarov wants a free-kick but the referee is having none of it and instead awards Napoli a corner.

  57. 41

    Yaya whacks a 40-yard free-kick but has the sting taken out of it before Aguero cleverly wins a corner.

  58. 40

    Kolarov whips in the free-kick delivery and it bends in to short but bounces in front of the Napoli keeper, who is forces to punch clear.

  59. 39

    Lavezzi hacks down Zabaleta and is fortunate to escape a booking.

  60. 38

    Zuniga shoots from range but his effort swerves well wide to the right.

  61. 37

    And City have one at the ready, unlike the Republic of Ireland in Russia of late. Play resumes.

  62. 36

    Kolarov has a blood injury and requires a change of shirt.

  63. 35

    The second is dealt with by City who break with Aguero leading the line, he cuts back across the face of goal and sets up Yaya, who thumps an effort against the crossbar!

  64. 34

    The corner fails to beat the first man but the Italians have another.

  65. 33

    Barry is fortunate not to concede a foul against Gargano but Napoli settle for a corner.

  66. 32

    Nasri's delivery is headed vertically by Kolarov and De Sanctis comes off his line to claim it.

  67. 31

    Cannavaro holds up his hands - he knows he's late on Aguero and accepts his yellow card without complaint.

  68. 30

    We're nearing the half-hour mark and it remains 0-0, but City have looked the more threatening side.

  69. 29

    Kompany wins back possession for City with an aggressive but fair tackle.

  70. 28

    A misplaced pass from Lescott gifts the Italians possession.

  71. 27

    Silva picks up a loose ball and tries to place it in the far corner after one touch. He's foiled by an alert Napoli defence, though.

  72. 26

    Cavani times his run to perfection but he can't quite control the lofted through ball and Hart allows the ball to roll out of play for a goal-kick.

  73. 25

    City look to have recovered from that minor spell of pressing from Napoli.

  74. 24

    Silva plays in Aguero but the Argentine cuts inside bringing Napoli's defence back into the play and they take advantage of that.

  75. 23

    Zabaleta goes into the book for two fouls in quick succession, the second of which is a late lunge.

  76. 22

    "Come on City" cry the home support in mass numbers, and it seems to have done the trick as the hosts emerge with possession and carry the ball up the opposite end.

  77. 21

    This is a good spell for Napoli who are pressing in the final third with City looking nervous.

  78. 20

    Napoli find another sight of goal on the counter but Lavezzi shoots way off target this time from Cavani's tee-up.

  79. 19

    Dzeko is felled and wins another free-kick around 40 yards from goal.

  80. 18

    First sight of goal for Napoli and it's that man Lavezzi, who opens up his body and bends an effort against the crossbar with Hart beaten, a warning for City!

  81. 17

    City have had 63 per cent of these early stages, but they've nothing to show for it just yet.

  82. 16

    The delivery is dealt with by Napoli - just. City continue the pressure from the resulting throw-in.

  83. 15

    Silva prepares to flight the free-kick into the box...

  84. 14

    That last effort is the closest we've come to an opener. Meanwhile, Maggio goes into the book for halting Silva illegally.

  85. 13

    Inler misplaces a pass and Kolarov intercepts it and ignites a counter-attack as Aguero waits for the overlap from Dzeko before the Bosnian fires a shot across the face of goal and wide.

  86. 12

    Nasri's corner finds Dzeko unmarked and the striker glances on for Aguero, who can't beat De Sanctis at his near post.

  87. 11

    Silva strikes it and the deflection off the wall earns City a corner.

  88. 10

    Inler trips up Dzeko when trying to track back to help out his struggling defence. City are preparing to shoot from around 30 yards here.

  89. 9

    Dzeko finds some space and opts to shoot from range, dragging a tame effort well wide from around 30 yards.

  90. 8

    Campagnaro shows coolness in playing his way out of trouble under pressure from Aguero.

  91. 7

    The Italians stream forward but Cavani is to hasty in shooting well off target from 25 yards.

  92. 6

    City continue to stroke it about but Zabaleta's cross is too deep and Napoli will look to break.

  93. 5

    The corner is whipped in but neither Kompany nor Lescott can make contact and it sails out of play at the far end.

  94. 4

    City earn the game's first corner...

  95. 3

    Yaya's pass to Aguero is a tad too strong and the Argentine is forced wide, but upon the delivery Dzeko tees up Nasri, who flashes a powerful half-volley wide.

  96. 2

    Barry concedes an early free-kick and this visitors remain on the ball in the early stages.

  97. 1

    City get the ball rolling in Manchester but the Italians immediately win possession from a throw-in.

  98. Fancy a bet? After his hat-trick at the weekend Sergio Aguero is Sky Bet's joint-favourite to open the scoring along with Edin Dzeko. But if you fancy Napoli to score first, Ezequiel Lavezzi is a great price at 9/1.

  99. So, Man City are closing in on their first UEFA Champions League outing, as are their Italian opponents Napoli. Stay tuned for kick-off.

  100. And the referee for today's encounter is Mr Jonas Eriksson of Sweden.

  101. Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Toure Yaya, Barry, Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Johnson, Savic, Clichy, Toure, Tevez.

  102. Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Zuniga, Hamsik, Lavezzi, Cavani. Subs: Rosati, Fideleff, Dossena, Santana, Dzemaili, Fernandez, Pandev.

  103. Kick-off is 1945 BST.



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