Napoli Briefly Take The Lead Against City With An Absolute Gem

Ross Houston
November 2, 2017

It may have been the defender's first Champions League goal in 38 attempts, but it was an an important one. Four wins from four games sees them top Group F with a maximum 12 points. However, Nicolas Otamendi leveled before the break, with his defensive colleague, John Stones, putting the visitors ahead shortly after the restart.

The icing on the cake for City was their fourth goal in the 92 minute when Raheem Sterling tucked home a through ball from Kevin De Bruyne, 4-2.

He has won two Premier League titles and two League Cups during his time at the Etihad.

However, Aguero, 29, has enjoyed a scintillating start to the 2017-18 campaign, scoring nine goals in 11 games to help City enjoy an unbeaten run both in the Premier League and in Europe.

Ederson saved a spot-kick from Mertens in Manchester but Jorginho stepped up to calmly send him the wrong way.

Maurizio Sarri's Napoli suffered a blow when Faouzi Ghoulam hobbled off with a knee injury midway through the first half with Christian Maggio coming on.

Man City bagged an equaliser 13 minutes later through Otamendi, who headed home from a Ilkay Gundogan cross.

Referee Felix Brych pointed to the spot when City failed to clear a corner after the hour and Albiol went down under a challenge from Sane, despite contact appearing minimal.

Record-breaker Aguero was replaced later on by Bernardo Silva as Napoli brought on Marko Rog.

As in the initial meeting in Manchester, events unfolded at a brisk pace from the opening whistle but it was City - smothered by the Napoli press - who found themselves on the back foot on this occasion.

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