Manchester City v Napoli live commentary

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Updated: September 14, 2011

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Manchester City 1 – 1 Napoli
Kolarov ’74; Cavani ’69

90+3 min played

Commentary:

Full-Time An entertaining match ends 1-1 at Eastlands. Both teams showed a lot of attacking intent and created chances. City were the slightly better team, but both teams can be happy with a draw. Cavani gave Napoli the lead after good play from Maggio in the 69th minute, while Kolarov’s free kick salvaged a draw for Mancini’s team.

90+3 min Full-time.
90+3 min The corner is cleared and De Sanctis claims the resulting cross.
90+2 min Tevez makes a good run forward and shoots from outside the box, but the shot is blocked out for a corner. Late opportunity for City.
90+1 min Napoli do well to work the ball into Pandev in the box, but his shot is blocked.
90 min Three minutes to be added.
89 min Substitution for Napoli. Santana replaces Hamsik.
87 min City escape. Kompany tries to pass back to Hart but leaves it short. Hart rushes out and just gets there before Pandev. The ball bounces off Pandev and out for a goal kick.
87 min Hamsik controls the ball and holds it up well, but he can’t find Pandev with his pass.
85 min Aguero shoots over from outside the box.
85 min Some strong challenges coming in for City, with Aguero and Lescott winning the ball back for the English side.
83 min Substitution for Napoli. Pandev replaces Cavani.
83 min City attack in numbers. Clichy passes to Yaya Toure, who shoots over and wide from outside the box.
81 min Substitution for Manchester City. Carlos Tevez replaces Edin Dzeko.
81 min City counter attack well again and Aguero is fouled on the left wing.
79 min Johnson shoots from the corner of the box and De Sanctis saves.
78 min Glorious chance for Dzeko wasted. Adam Johnson makes a great dribble into the Napoli box. The winger’s cross is deflected but reaches Dzeko, who turns and shoots just wide. The Bosnian could have laid it back to Silva, who had an easier opportunity to give City the lead.
75 min Double Substitution for Manchester City. Gael Clichy comes on for Kolarov and Adam Johnson replaces Samir Nasri.
74 min Goal for Kolarov! Brilliant free kick from Kolarov into the bottom right hand corner levels the scores.
73 min Aguero hits the bar. Nasri beats his marker on the left wing and sends in a quality cross along the ground. Aguero moves into the box and strikes the ball against the bar. Excellent effort for the Argentine.
72 min Hamsik shoots wide from inside the box.
69 min Goal for Napoli! Cavani opens the scoring for the Italian side. A brilliant counter attack from Napoli. Maggio runs about 40 yards with the ball at his feet. Dzemaili and Cavani make runs past the two Manchester City defenders. Maggio passes to Cavani, who slips the ball through Joe Hart’s legs. Brilliant goal for Napoli.
68 min Carlos Tevez is warming up.
66 min Great chance for Napoli. The Italian side have four attackers against three City defenders. Dzemaili slips in Hamsik, whose shot is brilliantly blocked by Zabaleta.
64 min Dzemaili shoots wide.
62 min Aronica makes a great run forward into the Napoli box, but Kompany blocks his cross.
58 min Yellow card for Gokhan Inler. The Napoli midfielder lunges in and fouls Yaya Toure.
57 min Substitution for Napoli. Lavezzi is replaced by Dzemaili.
57 min Nasri shoots wide from outside the box.
56 min Dzeko cuts inside and shoots from distance. De Sanctis makes a decent save.
56 min Gargano shoots wide.
54 min Lescott heads over from the corner.
53 min An Aguero looped shot is deflected over.
50 min Kompany clears off the line for City. Zuniga skilfully takes it past Zabaleta and crosses to the back post. Hamsik strikes a calculated shot past Joe Hart on the volley but Kompany clears off the line. That looked like the game’s opening goal.
48 min Ball drops to Barry from a Zabaleta cross, but the Englishman’s shot is blocked.
48 min Dzeko plays the ball into the box. Silva tries to control the ball with his chest but it goes straight to the keeper.
46 min The second half is underway at Eastlands.

Half-Time An entertaining first half in Manchester. City have been the better side and have threatened more, but Napoli have shown great composure on the ball and have created a couple of chances on the counter attack. City will be favourites to break the deadlock after the interval.

45+1 min Half-time.
45 min Aguero shoots over from a difficult angle.
43 min Yellow card for Aronica. The Napoli defender is cautioned after fouling Aguero.
42 min Napoli fail to threaten from a corner.
41 min Toure hits a poor shot from a long range free kick, but it deflects to Gareth Barry, who almost plays in Dzeko.
40 min Kolarov whips a free kick to the back post and De Sanctis manages to hit it wide for a corner.
38 min Lavezzi finds Cavani behind the City defence. Cavani holds the ball up and passes to Hamsik, who sets up Zuniga. The Napoli player is not closed down so he shoots but distance but it goes well wide.
34 min Yaya Toure hits the bar. Brilliantly counter attacking football from City after a Napoli corner. Yaya Toure breaks forward before passing to Aguero. The little Argentine holds up the ball and leaves a Napoli defender on the ground. Aguero slips the ball back to Toure, who thunders a shot against the bar.
32 min The free kick is played short then crossed into the box. Dzeko headers into the air, but De Sanctis catches the ball before it drops to Aguero.
31 min Yellow card for Paolo Cannavaro. The Napoli captain is booked after bringing down Aguero.
29 min Another good dribble from Lavezzi comes to an abrupt end when he is tackled by Kompany.
26 min Lavezzi plays a beautiful chip forward towards Cavani, who stays onside but cannot control the ball. The two strikers have combined well in the opening period.
24 min A good run from David Silva sets up Aguero, who took too much out of the ball when he might have shot.
23 min Yellow card for Zabaleta. Zabeleta stretches for a ball in the Napoli area and downs his opponent.
21 min Some excellent play from Napoli causes problems at the back for Manchester City.
20 min Some good play from Hamsik and Cavani sets up Lavezzi, who shoots well wide from outside the box.
17 min Lavezzi hits the bar for Napoli. The striker controls the ball beautifully and opens up his body. Lavezzi then strikes a powerful shot that almost nestles in the top corner of Joe Hart’s net. A scary moment for City, who have dominated so far.
15 min The free kick is fisted away by the keeper, but still causes some problems for the Napoli defence.
14 min Yellow card for Maggio. The Napoli defender fouls David Silva on the left wing and is cautioned.
13 min Dzeko almost scores for City. Dzeko passes to Aguero who holds the ball before slipping in Dzeko. The Bosnian striker hits a powerful shot just past the left hand post. Good effort from Dzeko and it looks like it might have been a finger tip save from De Sanctis.
11 min Dzeko gets is left unmarked and heads the ball to the far post, where Aguero’s shot is saved and goes for a corner.
10 min David Silva’s free kick is deflected over for a corner.
9 min Dzeko is fouled by Inler. Free kick to Manchester City in a dangerous position.
9 min Dzeko shoots well wide.
8 min Dzeko slips the ball into the box and almost finds Nasri, but the ball is easily cleared.
7 min Napoli break well, but the chance is wasted when Cavani shoots well over from distance.
4 min A Manchester City corner causes a bit of confusion in the Napoli box.
3 min Samir Nasri has the first shot of the match but the ball goes just wide.
3 min Sergio Aguero tried to play the ball into the box but it is cleared.
1 min The match kicks off and Manchester City’s Champions League campaign is underway.
0min Roberto Mancini will be keen to keep up his side’s impressive start to the season, while avoiding any opening night nerves as they make their Champions league debut.

Line Ups:

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Y. Toure, Barry, Silva, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko

Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Johnson, Savic, Clichy, K. Toure, Tevez

Napoli: De Sanctis, Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Aronica, Maggio, Inler, Gargano, Zuniga, Hamsik, Lavezzi, Cavani

Subs: Rosati, Fideleff, Dossena, Santana, Dzemaili, Fernandez, Pandev

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