UEFA Champions League

September 14, 2011


Manchester City

1 - 1


Group A

18:45 +00:00, September 14, 2011

Etihad Stadium

Referee: Jonas Eriksson

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    City's next game is at Bayern on September 27 while Napoli take on Villarreal.

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    It was probably a fair result. City tried to break down Napoli but the Italians were strong at the back and dangerous on the break.

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    Roll With It by Oasis blasts out from the PA system.

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    And that's it, the final whistle goes and it's a point each at Eastlands.

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    Johnson takes, it doesn't beat the first man and his second delivery finds the keeper. That will be that.

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    Hold on. Great run from Tevez and Man City have a corner. 50 seconds left.

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    90 seconds left here, there'll be no winner.

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    Three minutes to be added on.

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    Silva goes down in the box, but there was never any chance he would get the penalty.

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    Final change of the night suspects a draw is being settled for as Sanata replaces Hamsik

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    Johnson almost gets through on goal and Tevez plays it short. Tevez has been woeful.

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    A mistake by Kompany almost puts Pandev through on goal - Hart bursts out of his area and gets a vital touch to take it back off Pandev and out for a goal-kick.

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    Hamsik almost work himself through on goal but made the wrong choice to cut back inside.

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    Arango is felled by Tevez, cheap free-kick.

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    Now Napoli probe around the box.

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    Now Aguero hits a wild shot over the from the edge of the box. Could yet be a winner here.

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    Cavani departs for Napoli. Don't worry City fans, only Goran Pandev to come on.

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    Poor effort from Toure from the edge of the box, well over.

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    On comes Tevez to replace Edin Dzeko

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    Now Napoli have a corner but this one is poor, both teams still want the win.

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    Corner to City now, really going for it now. Johnson takes and then receives the return ball, but can only fire at the keeper.

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    Amazing score here: Inter 0-1 Trabzonspor. Good bye Gasperini?

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    So close fromm Dzeko! He spins on the spoke and fires wide - the better option was the lay-off for Silva!

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    And another change for City, with Nasri replaced by Adam Johnson

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    And amid the celebrations Kolarov, who broke his nose at the end of the first half, is replaced by Clichy.

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    City are back on level terms!

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    GOAL Kolarov struck a free-kick from the edge of the box, De Sanctis was rooted to the spot and failed to react to the shot.

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    The cross came in low from the left, Aguero's run created the chance but his touch was just too high and it came back off the bar.

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    Aguero hits the bar!

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    Now Hamsik drags a hopeful effort wide. Napoli still look hungry - and most of all dangerous.

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    Tevez is warming up, but City are going to find it very hard to break down a brilliant organised defence.

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    It had been coming, as I'd mentioned only moments earlier. City had looked stretched on Napoli's pace-filled breaks.

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    Super break by Napoli, Super goal.

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    GOAL Maggio breaks 40 yards after winning the ball and plays a neat ball to send Cavani in, who fires under Hart.

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    Napoli growing in confidence now, they now they have the ability to open up City.

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    Hamsik delivers again, it's headed away for Inler to volley - but only at a man in light blue. Cleared

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    Corner, and it's forced behind so Hamsik will get another chance.

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    Super break from Napoli as Cavani feeds in Hamsik who sees his shot excellently diverted over the top by Zabaleta

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    Wild effort from Dzemaili, spooned well wide.

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    It's gone very scrappy, the loss of Lavezzi almost affecting both team's play.

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    Corner to Napoli, it's working well but Barry flicks his cross away with his head.

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    Dzemaili, you may remember, played for Bolton Wanderers back in the days of, er, Gary Megson. He made one appearance as a sub in the FA Cup against Sheffield United. FACT.

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    Inler adds to the yellow peril for a foul on Toure

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    Ezequiel Lavezzi is replaced by Blerim Dzemaili.

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    And now Nasri has a shot, this time it is off target

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    Now Dzeko cuts inside but can only shoot at the goalkeeper

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    Gargano is allowed to travel with the ball but drags his effort wide.

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    Despite the chances, I'm still fancying 0-0 here.

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    Real Madrid lead in Zagreb through Angel Di Maria.

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    The corner comes to Lescott who is free in the centre of goal but he heads over. That was a great chance.

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    Corner to City after a defensive clearance loops on to the top of the net.

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    Free-kick to City, but they take it short cross-pitch.

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    ...Kompany is there to hack the shot off the line, a lucky escape for City.

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    Woeful defending from City as Hamsik is left unmarked at the far post, and he must score...

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    Barry almost manages to get a shot in from a tight angle but again Napoli's defence stays strong.

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    Dzeko steps forward and chips to the centre for Silva, but it can only come off his chest and run through to the goalkeeper.

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    Napoli start better than they did in the first half.

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    And Napoli kick-off in the second period.

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    City fans brandishing bananas, in homage to 80s star Imre Varadi

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    The teams are back out, Blue Moon echoing around the stadium.

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    City are trying to be too intricate, when better use of the ball could see them with a crucial goal.

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    Both sides hit the woodwork, but neither deserves to lead.

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    An excellent start from City but they failed to push on from there. Napoli look very dangerous on the break.

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    The half-time whistle goes.

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    One minute to be added.

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    Poor effort from Aguero, lifted over the bar.

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    City's free-kicks have been generally poor and this one is too. It was touched short to Kolarov whose first touch was awful and the chance was gone.

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    A silly, silly foul by Aronica on Aguero just outside the box on the left.

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    Benfica 1-1 Man United, Ryan Giggs with a belter

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    Free-kick to City, Toure smashes it first time but it hits the first defender.

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    The corner comesa it, De Sanctis doesn't look sure this time but it goes behind for a goal-kick.

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    Free-kick to City over on the right. Kolarov takes, it evades everyone and De Sanctis has to claw it behind

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    Lavezzi penalised for a foul on Zabaleta - lucky not to become another in the book

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    Hamsik is allowed space to shoot 20 yards out but shanks it wide to the right.

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    And Kolarov is reintroduced into the game.

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    City play the ball around slowly, wasting time until Kolarov can come back.

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    Kolarov gets a blow to the nose and has to go off for treatment to stop the blood and change his shirt.

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    Ooooooooooh! Toure's shot comes back off the underside of the bar and out. Now City rue the woodwork.

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    Toure feeds in Aguero inside the box, he cuts back inside and lays it to Toure eight yards out...

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    Another corner to Napoli. This time it is played to the edge of the box and it is terrible again - Toure intercept and City are on the break.

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    Corner to Napoli, it's low and cut out at the near post.

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    The referee gets in the way of the short free-kick, and City just look as though they are making up the move rather than it being anything from the training ground.

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    Cannavaro into the book for an ugly lunge on Aguero.

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    Commentator uses the word "intriguing" to describe the first half hour. Otherwise known as "not that exciting".

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    Nasri tries a diagonal run on to Silva's pass but it is just too long.

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    If City played a slightly more direct style, instead of playing five short interchange passes on the edge of the box, they may be in front.

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    Napoli have now shown City that the movement of their front three is to be feared.

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    Zabaleta slid in on a challenge then, horrible thoughts of a quickfire second yellow

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    Cavani almost gets through to Lavezzi's throughball but it's just over-hit.

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    Goal for Benfica against Manchester United - Oscar Cardozo, 1-0

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    Zabaleta gets a harsh yellow for trying to latch on to a ball inside the box, he tripped Campagnaro in the process.

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    Poor cross from Kolarov, nowhere near a team-mate.

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    Hamsik crosses this time, over the top over everyone. Now City very shakey at the back. Napoli smelling blood.

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    That's too tight and neat from City. Nasri involved, maybe he thought he was still at Arsenal.

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    Napoli growing in confidence - snap shot from Lavezzi is well wide this time.

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    Lavezzi turns Kompany and leaves him for dead before shaping a shot with the outside of his right, Hart is beaten but the bar is not.

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    Ooooooooooooh! Lavezzi crashes a shot off the bar!

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    It's a poor free-kick into the box, it falls to Barry and he scuffs his shot.

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    Maggio trips Silva over on the left flank and it rightly carded.

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    ...Oooooooooh! Inches wide, a goal-kick is given but De Sanctis may have got fingertips.

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    Great break by City, Aguero feeds in Dzeko with a neat through ball and he runs on to it for the angled drive....

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    Very disappointed with Napoli in the opening exchanges, the must have more to offer.

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    City opt to take the resulting corner short and lose possession.

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    Cornerin from the right, Dzeko flicks it on and De Sanctis comes out and smooters Aguero at the post

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    Silva shoots and it clips the top of the wall and goes behind for a corner.

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    Dzeko robs Inler and the Napoli player drags him down to prevent his run on goal. Free-kick around 25 yards out.

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    Very hopeful long-range effort from Dzeko - about 20 yards wide.

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    Liking Walter Mazzarri's shiny coat.

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    Napoli look very static at the moment, they need to game to settle down.

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    Cavani balloons a shot well wide after what looked to be a promising break.

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    The corner comes in from the left and someone evades everyone - Kompany should have connected with the header.

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    Corner to City now, looking hungry. Nasri very lively.

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    A loose ball runs to Nasri on the edge of the box and his snap shot goes just wide.

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    City starting well, on the attack already.

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    City's Champions League debut is under way.


    Napoli's gameplan is based around a three-man defence and a dangerous attacking trio of Cavani, Lavezzi and Hamsik.


    City's teamsheet is being announced now, to cheers from the home faithful.


    Mario Balotelli is suspended after being sent off against Dynamo Kiev in last season's Europa League.


    Nigel de Jong is out with a foot injury while James Milner suffered concussion against Wigan, but Gareth Barry has recovered from an ankle injury suffered on England duty.


    Kolo Toure is again on the bench as he builds up his match fitness, and Carlos Tevez sits it out with Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero preferred up front.


    Aleksandar Kolarov and Pablo Zabaleta get the nod at full-back in preference to Gael Clichy and Micah Richards for City.


    The team news is in from Eastlands, here we go...


    Join Dale Johnson for Man City's first game in the Champions League, with Italian side Napoli the visitors.