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Napoli share spoils with Manchester City

Published: Wednesday 14 September 2011, 22.51CET
Manchester City FC 1-1 SSC Napoli
Aleksandar Kolarov's free-kick cancelled out Edinson Cavani's strike to ensure an opening point for both sides on their competition debuts.
by Simon Hart
from City of Manchester Stadium

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Match statistics

Man. CityNapoli

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target13
 
9
Corners9
 
8
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)61
 
39

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:30 CET

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 14 September 2011, 22.51CET

Napoli share spoils with Manchester City

Manchester City FC 1-1 SSC Napoli
Aleksandar Kolarov's free-kick cancelled out Edinson Cavani's strike to ensure an opening point for both sides on their competition debuts.

Manchester City FC came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with SSC Napoli in an entertaining opening UEFA Champions League Group A game.

Both teams were ending long exiles from Europe's elite competition but it was Napoli who struck first through Edinson Cavani midway through the second half. Their lead lasted just five minutes, however, as Aleksandar Kolarov's sweetly struck free-kick earned Roberto Mancini's team a point.

'Benvenuti' read the giant logo welcoming Napoli above the entrance to the Colin Bell Stand but City, victorious in their last ten home matches, immediately showed they intended their hospitality to end there, penning Napoli back in the early stages.

City's spending power has brought a rare level of expectation for a club new to the UEFA Champions League and with only one previous European Cup appearance, 43 years ago, to their name. City are no ordinary newcomers, though, and were soon threatening the Napoli goal.

Morgan De Sanctis foiled Sergio Agüero at the far post from Edin Džeko's flick-on and when Agüero and Džeko then combined on the ground, the Bosnian international sent an angled shot just past the far post.

For all City's possession, they very nearly fell behind in the 18th minute as Ezequiel Lavezzi stepped inside Vincent Kompany and side-footed a shot over Joe Hart and against the crossbar from the left. The hosts' early supremacy was waning, yet they went equally close before the break through Yaya Touré, who concluded a counter he had begun by driving against the crossbar from Agüero's lay-off.

Visiting coach Walter Mazzarri had described his team as "underdogs" on their first European Cup outing in 21 years but their counterattacking threat was growing. Soon after the restart Marek Hamšík volleyed Juan Zúñiga's far-post cross past Hart only to be foiled by Kompany on the goal line. Hamšík went close again when substitute Blerim Dzemaili played him in on the left but Pablo Zabaleta stuck out a leg to deflect his shot over.

Napoli kept knocking and duly got their goal after 69 minutes when Christian Maggio robbed Gareth Barry and drove forward before feeding Cavani to his right; the Uruguayan fired the ball low through Hart's legs. City nearly responded with Agüero striking the crossbar from close range but it was Kolarov who came to their rescue. After Zabaleta was fouled on the right-hand corner of the box, the Serbian international curled his free-kick over the wall of grey shirts and inside the near post.

Last updated: 27/11/12 10.50CET

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Quotes

  • Roberto Mancini

    Read more"It was good as the first game is always difficult. It was difficult to play against Napoli because they defend very well and when they went on the attack they were dangerous"

  • Walter Mazzarri

    Read more"We scored, but in such a stadium, with such an atmosphere, if you don't score the second goal then it's quite normal for the hosts to hit back and that's what happened"

Lineups

man. city

Man. City

napoli

Napoli

25
HartJoe Hart (GK)
1
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
6
AronicaSalvatore Aronica
Yellow Card43
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Yellow Card24
7
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Goal69
Substitution84
6
LescottJoleon Lescott
11
MaggioChristian Maggio
Yellow Card15
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
Substitution81
14
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Goal74
Substitution75
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
Substitution89
16
AgüeroSergio Agüero
18
ZúñigaCamilo Zúñiga
18
BarryGareth Barry
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Substitution58
19
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution76
23
GarganoWalter Gargano
21
SilvaDavid Silva
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro (C)
Yellow Card31
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré
88
InlerGökhan Inler
Yellow Card59

Substitutes

30
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
83
RosatiAntonio Rosati (GK)
2
RichardsMicah Richards
3
FideleffIgnacio Fideleff
11
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution76
8
DossenaAndrea Dossena
15
SavićStefan Savić
19
SantanaMario Santana
Substitution89
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
Substitution75
20
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
Substitution58
28
K. TouréKolo Touré
21
FernándezFederico Fernández
32
TévezCarlos Tévez
Substitution81
29
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution84

Coach

Roberto Mancini (ITA) Walter Mazzarri (ITA)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Fredrik Nilsson (SWE), Mathias Klasenius (SWE)

Fourth official

Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE), Tobias Mattsson (SWE)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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