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Napoli 2 - Manchester City 1

Champions League

Stadio San Paolo


Attendance: 53,000

Referee: Mr Skomina

2 - 1
Manchester City
Cavani (17,49)
Balotelli (33)
Venue: Stadio San Paolo
Attendance: 53,000
The Teams
Morgan De Sanctis
Joe Hart
Salvatore Aronica
Joleon Lescott
Andrea Dossena
Vincent Kompany
Hugo Campagnaro
Pablo Zabaleta
Paolo Cannavaro
Aleksandar Kolarov
Christian Maggio
James Milner
Walter Gargano
Toure Yaya
Gokhan Inler
Nigel de Jong
Ezequiel Lavezzi
David Silva
Edinson Cavani
Edin Dzeko
Marek Hamsik
Mario Balotelli
Antonio Rosati
Costel Pantilimon
Gianluca Grava
Gael Clichy
Federico Fernandez
Stefan Savic
Mario Santana
Gareth Barry
Blerim Dzemaili
Adam Johnson
Goran Pandev
Sergio Aguero
Giuseppe Mascara
Samir Nasri
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

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The journalist

Writer: danielqpr Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 23 2011

Time: 8:31PM

Your Comments

Them stats are incredible when you think how the game panned out. Napoli looked a constant threat save for the last 20 mins of the first half and that was with just 30% possession, an excellent counter attacking side.
City made something like 600+ passes to Napoli's 200+. Not quite the battering the anti-City hacks would have the football world believe.
Johnny Baguette
Still don't understand how we managed to get all the cards either - I know 2 of them were for dissent, ie free-kicks unjustly going to diving Napoli players, but still, there were no bad fouls from our side all night. I guess the Napoli game, just like the Bayern game where we had two stone-wall penalties turned down in the first 20 minutes, shows how effective an extremely vocal home crowd can be in swaying the referee's decisions.
Kompany and Kolarov did put in a couple of bad ones at the end Fifth but I agree with you that the home crowd influenced the decision making of the ref, especially in the second half, just goes to show how important it is to raise the roof of the Etihad when we're at home. The ref to be fair to him did spot a lot of their play acting and waved play on but what gets me is I thought simulation is punishable with a caution, especially for repeat offences but I guess if refs were to caution everytime a player took a dive the Italian teams would have matches abandoned constantly as they would have so many sent off.

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