UEFA Champions League

September 14, 2011

Full-time

Manchester City

1 - 1

Napoli

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.

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

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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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