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Manchester City 1 - Napoli 1

Champions League

Etihad Stadium

14/09/11

Attendance: 44,026

Referee: Jonas Eriksson

Manchester City
1 - 1
Napoli
Kolarov (75)
 
Cavani (69)
 
Venue: Etihad Stadium
 
Attendance: 44,026
The Teams
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.




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Date:Wednesday September 14 2011

Time: 10:24PM

Your Comments

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
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
Oh! and the ref was awesome.
Barney Daniels
Oh! and the ref was awesome.
Barney Daniels
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
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
Gareth Barry was going to get my MOTM vote until his mistake - DOH! We do need to be a bit more clinical though!
fifthcolumnblue
Gareth Barry was going to get my MOTM vote until his mistake - DOH! We do need to be a bit more clinical though!
fifthcolumnblue
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
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
Just watched the 1st half again and we really bossed the entire first 45 aside from Kompany's blunder on Lavezzi. Watching it live I felt a little unsatisfied but we actually played pretty well. I think most on here are just so use to us scoring 3, 4, or 5 goals and dominating. A little unlucky not to get 3 points IMO.
hosko
Just watched the 1st half again and we really bossed the entire first 45 aside from Kompany's blunder on Lavezzi. Watching it live I felt a little unsatisfied but we actually played pretty well. I think most on here are just so use to us scoring 3, 4, or 5 goals and dominating. A little unlucky not to get 3 points IMO.
hosko
Many empty seats? 44 thou, hard times biting for all?
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Many empty seats? 44 thou, hard times biting for all?
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The capacity of the ground was reduced to 45k last night to allow for more segregation between the fans and the huge Champions League advertising hoardings - so all in all not a bad attendance for a Wednesday night.
fifthcolumnblue
The capacity of the ground was reduced to 45k last night to allow for more segregation between the fans and the huge Champions League advertising hoardings - so all in all not a bad attendance for a Wednesday night.
fifthcolumnblue
When the only stick people have to beat us with now is a few empty seats (especially after back to back league sell outs and Everton a few hundred away from selling out), you know we've made it. ;)
StuMCFC
When the only stick people have to beat us with now is a few empty seats (especially after back to back league sell outs and Everton a few hundred away from selling out), you know we've made it. ;)
StuMCFC
 

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