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Manchester City
1 - 1
Napoli

Champions League

Etihad Stadium

14/09/11

Attendance: 44,026

Referee: Jonas Eriksson

Manchester CityNapoli
Kolarov (75)Cavani (69)
Joe Hart     Morgan De Sanctis    
Joleon Lescott     Salvatore Aronica    
Vincent Kompany     Hugo Campagnaro    
Pablo Zabaleta     Paolo Cannavaro    
Aleksandar Kolarov     (75) Juan Camilo Zuniga    
Gareth Barry     Christian Maggio    
Yaya Toure     Gokhan Inler    
David Silva     Walter Gargano    
Sergio Aguero     Ezequiel Lavezzi     (57)
Edin Dzeko     (81) Edinson Cavani     (83)
Samir Nasri     (75) Marek Hamsik     (89)
Substitutes
Costel Pantilimon     Antonio Rosati    
Kolo Toure     Andrea Dossena    
Stefan Savic     Federico Fernandez    
Gael Clichy     (75) Ignacio Fideleff    
Micah Richards     Mario Santana     (89)
Adam Johnson     (75) Blerim Dzemaili     (57)
Carlos Tevez     (81) Goran Pandev     (83)
Game Statistics
24
Goal Attempts
12
11
On Target
4
9
Corners
9
1
Offside
1
11
Fouls
12
1
Yellow Cards
4
0
Red Cards
0
61
%
39
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: City endured a frustrating first venture into the world of Champions League football as Napoli served up a game reminder that The Blues will not have things all their own way at this level. Furthermore, this draw came with a referee who let the game flow whenever possible which will be a rarity. To an extent, City were undone for Napoli`s opening goal by the counter attacking tactics Roberto Mancini utilises only too well, but the Italians goal came at a time when City had lost their way somewhat despite having dominated until that point. Yet it's in these situations that top sides respond and find that bit of magic. It came through Kolarov. City fans should take great heart from the broken nosed Serb`s howitzer free kick which signalled City getting back on track and adding to another big tally of efforts on goal. It was important not to lose this game tonight and all Citizens should be left in no doubt that we find ourselves in one hell of a tough group. Of reassurance? There will always be goals in this City side. The squad strength is strong and we can go to Fulham knowing five more sets of fresh legs will come in. A far cry from the gruelling Europa League campaign we endured with Mark Hughes. Of concern? Lack of concentration at the back is proving worrying and we are not as steady as last season. I sense Kolo Toure is going to get a run out any game now. Then there is Carlos Tevez. No pre season at all is now showing glaringly and he looks a disinterested shadow of his pre transfer request self. In my eyes he`ll be drifting towards being 4th choice striker providing Mario Balotelli takes his next chance and raises his own game.

Writer:danielqpr
Date:Wednesday September 14 2011
Time: 10:24PM

Comments

0
After the start to the season we have had, a draw at home feels disappointing. I felt we were a little flat in places yet Dzeko and Barry were excellent except for the laters mistake that cost us. Johnson should have been on sooner for Nasri and I'm surprised Dzeko came off. Steady start but next week is a massive test.
Barney Daniels
14/09/2011 22:55:00
0
After the start to the season we have had, a draw at home feels disappointing. I felt we were a little flat in places yet Dzeko and Barry were excellent except for the laters mistake that cost us. Johnson should have been on sooner for Nasri and I'm surprised Dzeko came off. Steady start but next week is a massive test.
Barney Daniels
14/09/2011 22:55:00
0
Oh! and the ref was awesome.
Barney Daniels
14/09/2011 22:56:00
0
Oh! and the ref was awesome.
Barney Daniels
14/09/2011 22:56:00
0
It was a great night that would have been soured if we lost and we didn't deserve to lose after hitting the bar twice. I'm not too down about a draw, Napoli are an excellent team and were the most entertaining side in Serie A last season. Their defending was exceptional.
StuMCFC
14/09/2011 23:15:00
0
It was a great night that would have been soured if we lost and we didn't deserve to lose after hitting the bar twice. I'm not too down about a draw, Napoli are an excellent team and were the most entertaining side in Serie A last season. Their defending was exceptional.
StuMCFC
14/09/2011 23:15:00
0
Gareth Barry was going to get my MOTM vote until his mistake - DOH! We do need to be a bit more clinical though!
fifthcolumnblue
14/09/2011 23:31:00
0
Gareth Barry was going to get my MOTM vote until his mistake - DOH! We do need to be a bit more clinical though!
fifthcolumnblue
14/09/2011 23:31:00
0
I must admit I feel a little flat after that result .....61% of the ball 24 shots and we only walked away with 1 goal ...... credit to Napoli if you put 10 men in the box it does make it difficult for the opposition to score.
Doody
15/09/2011 04:26:00
0
I must admit I feel a little flat after that result .....61% of the ball 24 shots and we only walked away with 1 goal ...... credit to Napoli if you put 10 men in the box it does make it difficult for the opposition to score.
Doody
15/09/2011 04:26:00
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