Wednesday September 14, 2011 Group Stage: Group A Finished Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 1 - 1 Napoli

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  1. Napoli spoil Man City debut

    Napoli spoil Man City debut

    Manchester City's Champions League debut ended in anti-climax as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Napoli at the Etihad Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Napoli
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    • 90+4' There's the final whistle, and it's honours even in Manchester. The visiting fans are delighted - City look crestfallen but they came up against a top side tonight.
    • 90+3' Johnson with the corner... headed clear, but City win it back. Into the box, and De Sanctis makes a comfortable claim.
    • 90+2' Tevez goes it alone surrounded by five defenders... his shot is blocked and it's a corner.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time will be played.
    • 90' Silva goes down easily in the box, and referee Eriksson turns down a vociferous penalty appeal.
    • 89' Napoli change: Mario Santana replaces Marek Hamsik.
    • 87' Kompany slips and nearly lets Pandev in... he takes it round Hart but knocks the ball too far and it runs out for a goal kick.
    • 87' Tevez leaves a knee in on Aronica, who catches it in the guts. Ouch.
    • 86' Aguero lets fly from 25 yards - well over.
    • 85' Oh, it turns out there was a Poznan after the equaliser. I love the increasingly number of bloody-minded people refusing to join in.
    • 84' Toure hits a wayward 25-yard shot, and Pandev replaces Cavani for Napoli.
    • 83' Barry fouls Cavani, and for some reason Ray Wilkins swears blind it's a fair challenge. It's not. Goran Pandev is ready to come on.
    • 82' Silva curls a high free-kick to the back post... it is headed out for a City throw. The home team turning the screw.
    • 81' Man City: Carlos Tevez replaces Edin Dzeko.
    • 79' Clichy crosses pacily and early from the left, Johnson is arriving at the back post and Zuniga heads behind for a corner.
    • 78' Real chance for Dzeko!! A bobbly Johnson cross somehow works its way to the Bosnian's feet, he swivels but misses the target with his left-foot shot!
    • 77' Dzemaili appears to be clearly fouled, but referee Eriksson says play on!
    • 76' City changes: Johnson and Clichy replace the goalscorer Kolarov and Nasri.
    • 75' Well, how that has lifted the mood! No Poznans yet, but an absolute racket. Can City conjure a winner?
    • 74' GOAL!!! Aleksandar Kolarov equalises for City!! It's a direct free-kick, swung left-footed in at the near post from the right-hand side! De Sanctis might have done better.
    • 73' CROSSBAR!! So unlucky Aguero!! The ball is fired in from the left by Nasri, Aguero touches it goalwards from close range but the woodwork denies him!
    • 72' Hamsik goes for goal from the edge of the area, but drags his left-foot shot well wide.
    • 72' City miss the injured Nigel De Jong, and Barry's error at the start of the move is a case in point.
    • 71' Tevez stands by the touchline, imploring Mancini to bring him on...
    • 70' Well now, this is a challenge. The Group of Death could be about to get harder if City cannot retrieve this situation.
    • 69' GOAL!! CAVANI FOR NAPOLI!! The visiting fans go mad, and it was coming! Maggio nicks the ball off Barry, makes a driving run through the middle and slides a perfect ball for Cavani, who rolls it between Hart's legs. Great goal.
    • 68' Tevez is warming up again. It can't be long until we see the Argentine.
    • 67' It has been good stuff from Napoli since half time, although they cannot make anything of the corner.
    • 66' HAMSIK!! The preposterously-haired attacking midfielder hits a shot that is deflected over by Zabaleta.
    • 64' There is a bit of frustration starting to creep in for City, who have been in such prolific form domestically. Welcome to the Champions League...
    • 62' Aronica bombs down the Napoli left and drills his cross into Kompany. Corner.
    • 61' Dzeko makes a driving run down the left and wins a throw, which he hands to Kolarov...
    • 60' Now Aguero fouls, hauling down Aronica.
    • 59' Inler fouls Toure then collapses to the deck holding his head... he did actually get Toure's shin in his head, but it was his foul and that's another yellow card for Napoli - four now.
    • 58' Lavezzi is forced off by a slight injury, and his replaced by Blerim Dzemaili.
    • 57' There's action on the Napoli bench - will we see Goran Pandev?
    • 55' Gargano has a left-footed shot from 25 yards but drags it well wide.
    • 54' City's passing accuracy is 82% to Napoli's 63%. Testament, perhaps, to their more considered build-up.
    • 53' LESCOTT!! Free header from the corner, but he misses the target! Has to do better!
    • 52' Aguero tries to hook the ball goalwards but Cannavaro beats him to it and hooks the ball behind for a corner.
    • 50' Combative from Napoli. Gargano concedes a free-kick for a foul on Zabaleta.
    • 49' OFF THE LINE!! Inler stands up a cross to the back stick, Lavezzi volleys from a tight angle and Kompany makes a vital clearance with Hart beaten!
    • 48' Barry goes for goal, but once again a shot is snuffed out at source.
    • 47' The ever-lively Lavezzi attempts to buy a corner off Lescott but the ball goes out for a goal kick. Still, he's a real menace for City.
    • 46' Second half under way! Napoli kick off, now playing from left to right as we see it.
    • 45+1' That's the end of an interesting first half in which both teams hit the crossbar.
    • 45' Silva finds Aguero, who cuts inside his man and shoots high over the bar. One minute of added time to be played.
    • 44' The free-kick comes to nothing as Kolarov's shot is blocked.
    • 43' Yellow card Aronica! He lunges in on Aguero. Ray Wilkins nearly says 'stay on your feet' before correcting himself to the more prosaic 'stand up'.
    • 42' Lavezzi chests down a peachy crossfield ball, then shoves Kolarov... but the referee awards a corner! Surprised not to see a foul given against Lavezzi.
    • 41' City win another corner as Dzeko's cross is deflected behind... headed clear.
    • 40' Kolarov takes the free-kick, which bounces past everyone and forces De Sanctis into a reaction save! He yells at his defenders.
    • 39' Lavezzi flies in on Zabaleta, his Argentine national team colleague. He is lucky to escape a booking, and even gets a hug from his mate.
    • 37' Silva has a crack following some nifty interplay, but once again his shot is blocked.
    • 36' Kolarov has been bashed on the nose and is receiving treatment. Gael Clichy is warming up but Kolarov insists he will continue.
    • 35' OFF THE BAR!! Toure continues his run from the corner, receives a lay-off from Aguero and thumps it against the underside of the bar! So close - both sides have not struck the woodwork.
    • 34' A Napoli corner is poor, cut out by Toure who starts the counter-attack...
    • 34' Now Tevez is up and off for a jog...
    • 33' Carlos Tevez is sitting on his own on the bench. He barks ar Adam Johnson when the winger has the temerity to turn round and talk to him.
    • 32' Mazzarri has got his side organised - they had the second best defensive record in Serie A last season and it shows.
    • 31' Yellow card Cannavaro for a lunging challenge on Aguero.
    • 30' Half an hour into City's Champions League adventure, and they know they are in a match. They have had the better of things, but Lavezzi struck the woodwork and Napoli have certainly had their moments.
    • 29' City are wearing black armbands in honour of a fan who was run over while chasing after a thief this week.
    • 28' Cannavaro slides in with a fine challenge on Aguero. Throw to City.
    • 27' Silva tries to curl a left-foot shot but it is charged down at the edge of the box.
    • 26' No end of whistling from the visiting fans every time City get on the ball. They're making a decent noise.
    • 25' Lavezzi threads it through to Cavani, who is just beaten to the ball by Hart.. Napoli playing well.
    • 23' City's neighbours United trail in Portugal to an Oscar Cardozo goal. Benfica v Man Utd: LIVE
    • 22' There's a slight edge of anxiety creeping in. City have edged this game so far, but it's clear (if it was not already) that Napoli are nobody's mugs.
    • 21' Lavezzi finds the feet of Hamsik, who teases a cross from the left byline. City defend uncertainly, but eventually scramble it to safety.
    • 19' Cavani tees up Lavezzi who lets fly and sends his shot high and wide.
    • 18' Gargano is in trouble for a trop on Dzeko... referee Eriksson decides not to book him.
    • 17' So close Lavezzi! He sprints into the box through the left channel, opens his body and fires... off the angle if post and bar!
    • 15' Maggio is booked for a foul on David Silva.
    • 15' De Sanctis punches clear as far as Barry, who scuffs it back into the box. Napoli boot it away.
    • 14' City win a free-kick on their left, just outside the box - Nasri stands over it.
    • 13' Great move and a great save! Dzeko exchanges passes with Aguero and fires across goal - De Sanctis gets a touch behind for a corner. And he must be slightly annoyed to see the linesman signal for a goal kick. It was a brilliant save!
    • 11' Dzeko flicks the corner on to the back post where Aguero arrives, but De Sanctis charges the shot down.
    • 10' Silva shoots from the free-kick, but it clips the wall and goes out for a corner.
    • 9' Dzeko breaks away from his man and is brought down by Gokhan Inler. A chance from the free-kick.
    • 8' Walter Mazzarri is wearing a spectacular bomber jacket down on the Napoli bench.
    • 7' Cavani has a shot but sends it high and wide. Much expected of the big Uruguayan.
    • 5' Nasri's corner swings in from the left... Kompany meets it at the near post but gets little or no contact on the ball! Disappointing.
    • 4' Stat from Infostrada: "City are 9th English club and Napoli are 9th Italian club to feature in the #CL. Only Spain (12) and Germany (10) have had more."
    • 3' Nasri!! He seizes on a loose ball and drills a low shot just wide from 15 yards.
    • 3' Aguero faces up Cannavaro and crosses... cleared by Campagnaro.
    • 2' Gareth Barry flies into a tackle and that is the game's first foul.
    • 1' City kick off to a tremendous roar, playing from left to right as we see it.
    • 19:43 The Champions League anthem echoes around a packed Etihad Stadium! The visitors are wearing a change strip that can only be described as sludge-coloured.
    • 19:41 They're playing 'Hey Jude' over the tannoy system. Perhaps Paul McCartney's "the movement you need is on your shoulder" was written about Sergio Aguero. I doubt it, though.
    • 19:40 Don't forget we've got live text coverage of all eight Champions League fixtures tonight - take your pick here.
    • 19:35 The Napoli players with Champions League experience: Morgan De Sanctis (with Udinese), Andrea Dossena (Liverpool) and Goran Pandev (Lazio, Inter).
    • 19:30 Here's a titbit from the UEFA press kit: A figurine of Goran Pandev has been added to the Nativity scene at the San Gregorio Armeno church in the centre of Naples, which famously features characters with little or no connection to the biblical story.
    • 19:25 Napoli come into this game highly rated - stars like Edinson Cavani, Lavezzi, Marek Hamsik and Gokhan Inler are household names. Their captain is Fabio Cannavaro's brother Paolo.
    • 19:20 City come into the game in electric domestic form - they swept Wigan aside 3-0 on Saturday. Watch highlights here (UK only)
    • 19:15 Napoli last took part in the European Cup in the 1990/91 campaign. Their only defeat in six European Cup games came against Real Madrid, back in September 1987.
    • 19:10 Though City are making their Champions League debut, they have 14 squad members with Champions League experience. Those in the starting XI are: Kompany, Kolarov, Nasri, Y Toure, Silva, Aguero and Dzeko.
    • 19:05 Group A has been dubbed the Group of Death, with Villarreal and Bayern Munich also in there. Roberto Mancini has said he is impressed with Napoli.
    • 19:00 We took a close look at Napoli danger man Ezequiel Lavezzi in their Serie A game against Cesena on Saturday. Euroscout: Ezequiel Lavezzi
    • 18:55 Edin Dzeko is back in for City at the expense of Carlos Tevez, while Pablo Zabaleta replaces Micah Richards at right-back.
    • 18:50 TEAMS: MAN CITY: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Barry, Y Toure, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko... Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Savic, Clichy, K Toure, Johnson, Tevez. /// NAPOLI: De Sanctis, Aronica, Camapgnaro, Cannavaro, Maggio, Hamsik, Zuniga, Gargano, Inler, Cavani, Lavezzi... Subs: Rosati, Fideleff, Dossena, Fernandez, Santana, Dzemaili, Pandev... Ref: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
    • 18:45 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Manchester City's Champions League debut against Napoli at the Etihad Stadium!
  • Summary

    • 87' Kompany slips and nearly lets Pandev in... he takes it round Hart but knocks the ball too far and it runs out for a goal kick.
    • 78' Real chance for Dzeko!! A bobbly Johnson cross somehow works its way to the Bosnian's feet, he swivels but misses the target with his left-foot shot!
    • 74' GOAL!!! Aleksandar Kolarov equalises for City!! It's a direct free-kick, swung left-footed in at the near post from the right-hand side! De Sanctis might have done better.
    • 73' CROSSBAR!! So unlucky Aguero!! The ball is fired in from the left by Nasri, Aguero touches it goalwards from close range but the woodwork denies him!
    • 69' GOAL!! CAVANI FOR NAPOLI!! The visiting fans go mad, and it was coming! Maggio nicks the ball off Barry, makes a driving run through the middle and slides a perfect ball for Cavani, who rolls it between Hart's legs. Great goal.
    • 66' HAMSIK!! The preposterously-haired attacking midfielder hits a shot that is deflected over by Zabaleta.
    • 53' LESCOTT!! Free header from the corner, but he misses the target! Has to do better!
    • 49' OFF THE LINE!! Inler stands up a cross to the back stick, Lavezzi volleys from a tight angle and Kompany makes a vital clearance with Hart beaten!
    • 40' Kolarov takes the free-kick, which bounces past everyone and forces De Sanctis into a reaction save! He yells at his defenders.
    • 35' OFF THE BAR!! Toure continues his run from the corner, receives a lay-off from Aguero and thumps it against the underside of the bar! So close - both sides have not struck the woodwork.
    • 17' So close Lavezzi! He sprints into the box through the left channel, opens his body and fires... off the angle if post and bar!
    • 13' Great move and a great save! Dzeko exchanges passes with Aguero and fires across goal - De Sanctis gets a touch behind for a corner. And he must be slightly annoyed to see the linesman signal for a goal kick. It was a brilliant save!
    • 3' Nasri!! He seizes on a loose ball and drills a low shot just wide from 15 yards.
    • 18:50 TEAMS: MAN CITY: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Barry, Y Toure, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko... Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Savic, Clichy, K Toure, Johnson, Tevez. /// NAPOLI: De Sanctis, Aronica, Camapgnaro, Cannavaro, Maggio, Hamsik, Zuniga, Gargano, Inler, Cavani, Lavezzi... Subs: Rosati, Fideleff, Dossena, Fernandez, Santana, Dzemaili, Pandev... Ref: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

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