Napoli 2-4 Manchester City
Napoli vs Manchester City 2-4 - All Goals & Highlights - UCL 2017/182017 cetacei d acqua dolce
Please refresh the page and retry. A fabulous game of football was ultimately decided by a fabulous finish from a player small in stature but giant in personality and influence. To put this result into context, Napoli had conceded just three goals at the Stadio San Paolo this season going into the game. To Aguero first, though. The game was locked at when Ederson made a stunning reflex save to deny Jose Callejon. It was the sort of save that can turn matches and so it would prove.
Please refresh the page and retry. After the awe there was the shock. Napoli were named as one of the best three sides in Europe by Pep Guardiola and he took that a stage further afterwards by hailing them as one of the best teams he has ever faced; either as a player or a coach. Maybe City would thump Napoli, pushing aside a free-scoring team who had won all eight of their Serie A league games so far this season but who are now up against it to progress in Group F. They will meet again in Naples in two weeks time and, with the raw atmosphere inside the Stadio San Paolo, it is set to be another sensational fixture, even if City know that with three wins from three ties they are in control and should go through to the last come what may. City, meanwhile, will point to a host of opportunities for themselves in a hugely thrilling, high-quality tie.
Same procedure as last year after they lost against Real, with the same aggregate score of by the way. So what's the problem with Napoli? Didn't anyone tell them that Champions League matches last 90 minutes? Is the UEFA plotting against them hiding this precious piece of information? Why didn't they learn that within one year's time?
The Argentinean goal machine watched his side go behind, then throw away the lead, before popping up with a trademark finish to lash home goal from just games. But it was centre-backs Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones who headed home a corner each to cancel out strikes from Lorenzo Insigne and Jorginho before Kun settled the tie and Raheem Sterling pounced. Napoli had two good chances inside the first 12 minutes, Marek Hamsik hit a piledriver that Ederson did well to save. City were shocked into life by the Inisgne strike and Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan had decent chances to level. But that award was given to Otamendi who towered over everyone in the Napoli defence to head home a Gundogan cross on 34 minutes. Another corner was cleverly taken and fizzed in and Stones shot up through the air to thud the ball against the cross bar and down behind the goal line. The much-maligned assistant linesman stationed on the byline who can sometimes go months without any involvement - flew into action to award the goal.
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Sergio Aguero became Manchester City 's all-time record goalscorer and fired Pep Guardiola's side into the knockout stages of the Champions League as they claimed a thrilling win at Napoli. As in their victory in Manchester two weeks ago, Pep Guardiola's men were made to work hard for the points and Napoli drew first blood on this occasion thanks to Lorenzo Insigne's wonderfully crafted opener after 21 minutes. Seemingly relieved by the Serie A table-toppers halting an assault that lasted for most of the first half hour, City centre-backs Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones converted set-piece routines either side of half-time to turn the game around. Jorginho made it two apiece from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute but Leroy Sane, culpable for his foul on Raul Albiol, drove a counter-attack that allowed Aguero to score his th City goal and end Eric Brook's year stay at the top of the club's scoring charts. Napoli flagged from that point and, after substitute Bernardo Silva wasted a pair of good openings, Raheem Sterling gleefully added a fourth. Maurizio Sarri can feel aggrieved to have taken nothing from two pulsating encounters with City and his Napoli now face a must-win clash with Shakhtar Donetsk next time out to preserve their interest in the competition. Sergio Aguero fires Manchester City in front against Napoli to grab a slice of history.
Scott Murray. Wed 1 Nov Manchester City qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League. Thing is, Napoli were pretty damn good tonight. They asked City some searching questions. But City were quite brilliant, and had all the answers. Napoli, improbably, are in serious danger of crashing out at the group stage.
R Sterling 9 , G de Jesus Manchester City will look to keep their perfect Champions League record in tact when Napoli visit on Tuesday evening. Free-flowing City are top of Group F after taking six points from their first two matches and have yet to ship a single goal. Pep Guardiola's men are unbeaten in their last 16 games W14 D3 since a defeat at Chelsea on April 5 and go into this clash on the back of a victory over Stoke City on Saturday in the Premier League. Sergio Aguero could return to bolster Manchester City as they look to take a giant stride towards the Champions League knockout phase. The Argentina striker, who broke a rib in a road accident three weeks ago, was an unused substitute for the Premier League game against Stoke on Saturday.
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