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Cavani double moves Napoli ahead of City

Published: Tuesday 22 November 2011, 22.55CET
SSC Napoli 2-1 Manchester City FC
Edinson Cavani scored in either half to send Napoli above their visitors and into pole position to claim the second Group A qualifying berth.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio San Paolo

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Match statistics

NapoliMan. City

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
8
Attempts off target6
 
8
Corners3
 
5
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
11
Yellow cards0
4
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)38
 
62

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

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Published: Tuesday 22 November 2011, 22.55CET

Cavani double moves Napoli ahead of City

SSC Napoli 2-1 Manchester City FC
Edinson Cavani scored in either half to send Napoli above their visitors and into pole position to claim the second Group A qualifying berth.

SSC Napoli have their UEFA Champions League fate in their own hands after beating Manchester City FC 2-1 to go second in Group A.

Edinson Cavani crowned a wonderful performance with goals either side of Mario Balotelli's first-half equaliser, to move Walter Mazzarri's men a point clear of their visitors. They will travel to Villarreal CF in a fortnight knowing a round of 16 place is theirs provided they match whatever City manage at home to section winners FC Bayern München.

Roberto Mancini's side had taken the game to their hosts from the whistle, with Yaya Touré firing over and Balotelli curling just wide from the edge of the area. Yet after sucking up the early pressure, Napoli began to bare their teeth.

The impressive Ezequiel Lavezzi raced the length of the field to receive Cavani's return and tee up Marek Hamšík, whose header was saved. Cavani and Lavezzi combined well throughout, and almost scored spectacularly when the latter met Cavani's flick first time. His fierce 25-metre shot flew just wide.

The momentum was with the hosts and after Joe Hart had tipped Gökhan Inler's shot over, Napoli took the lead as Cavani stole in at the near post to head in through a crowd of players. He might have scored again moments later, racing on to Hamšík's through ball only to find the side netting.

City gradually imposed themselves, through the industry of James Milner, the power of Touré and the prompting of David Silva. Silva helped conjure the equaliser, as his low shot was parried by Morgan De Sanctis, and Balotelli helped himself to the rebound.

Silenced descended, but not for long; Napoli started the second half with renewed vigour. Lavezzi was again involved in their goal, feeding Andrea Dossena, whose left-wing cross was converted by Cavani.

The match was keenly poised. City, desperate to salvage the draw that would preserve their two-point lead over their opponents, piled forward in search of another equaliser; Napoli looked to kill the tie on the break. They may have done just that when Hamšík brought down Cavani's sublime crossfield pass, beat Aleksandar Kolarov and shot against a post.

City dominated the final stages, forcing De Sanctis into another fantastic save from Balotelli, who subsequently headed over after Silva and Samir Nasri had prised the home defence open. In the last throes Sergio Agüero was thwarted by the excellent De Sanctis after dancing through; saves that leave Napoli in pole position to join Bayern.

Last updated: 27/11/12 21.24CET

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Quotes

  • Walter Mazzarri

    Read more"Playing like we did tonight all the time is impossible. In games like tonight's you can find energy"

  • Roberto Mancini

    Read more"After our equaliser we had another two chances and I find it strange we conceded another goal"

Lineups

napoli

Napoli

man. city

Man. City

1
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
25
HartJoe Hart (GK)
6
AronicaSalvatore Aronica
4
KompanyVincent Kompany (C)
Yellow Card77
7
CavaniEdinson Cavani
Goal17
Goal49
Substitution83
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Substitution85
8
DossenaAndrea Dossena
Substitution89
6
LescottJoleon Lescott
11
MaggioChristian Maggio
7
MilnerJames Milner
14
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
10
DžekoEdin Džeko
Substitution81
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
13
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Yellow Card86
22
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Yellow Card61
23
GarganoWalter Gargano
34
N. De JongNigel de Jong
Substitution71
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro (C)
42
Y. TouréYaya Touré
88
InlerGökhan Inler
Substitution59
45
BalotelliMario Balotelli
Goal33
Yellow Card54

Substitutes

83
RosatiAntonio Rosati (GK)
30
PantilimonCostel Pantilimon (GK)
2
GravaGianluca Grava
11
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution85
9
MascaraGiuseppe Mascara
15
SavićStefan Savić
19
SantanaMario Santana
16
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Substitution81
20
DzemailiBlerim Dzemaili
Substitution59
18
BarryGareth Barry
21
FernándezFederico Fernández
Substitution89
19
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution71
29
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution83
22
ClichyGaël Clichy

Coach

Walter Mazzarri (ITA) Roberto Mancini (ITA)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Dragoslav Perič (SVN), Roberto Ponis (SVN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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