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Aguero breaks record as Man City score four in Naples

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero became Manchester City's all-time top-scorer as they beat Napoli to reach the Champions League knockout stages in a game that lived up to the hype.

City came from behind to win in a meeting between the free-scoring, unbeaten top sides in the Premier League and Serie A.

The hosts were on top for the first 30 minutes and deservedly led when Lorenzo Insigne played an excellent one-two with Dries Mertens and steered the ball past Ederson.

For all of City's mesmerising attacking options, the equaliser and the goal to put them ahead were both headers by centre-backs.

City started to see more of the ball after Napoli's blistering start and were level when Nicolas Otamendi headed in a cross from Ilkay Gundogan - a surprising selection in the starting 11.

They led when John Stones headed in off the underside of the crossbar for his third Champions League goal this season - matching Lionel Messi's haul.

Napoli - now in danger of dropping out of the Champions League - stepped up the intensity again and Insigne hit the crossbar from 20 yards.

As the game ebbed and flowed, they equalised when Leroy Sane fouled Raul Albiol and Jorginho sent Ederson the wrong way from the penalty.

But there were more big moments to come - the ball broke to Aguero, who guided the ball home from the edge of the box. His 178th City goal took him above Eric Brook's long-standing club record.

The final stages were comfortable for City and the excellent Raheem Sterling crashed home a fourth goal from Kevin De Bruyne's pass in injury time.

Maurizio Sarri's hosts are now six points behind second-placed Shakhtar Donetsk, who beat Feyenoord 3-1 with two games left in Group F.

The great entertainers don't disappoint

City and Napoli have arguably been Europe's two most entertaining sides this season, with a combined 67 goals from 21 league games - dropping only two points each.

Fans were expecting a fantastic game of pressing, passing, pace and precise finishing - and and they were not disappointed.

There were so many majestic players on both sides - Sterling and Sane offering devastating speed for City, Insigne and Mertens linking up in spectacular effect for Napoli.

The Italians had several chances - through Marek Hamsik and Mertens - before their wonderful opener. Insigne found Mertens, who played a first-time edge-of-boot pass to split City's defence and an unmarked Insigne scored from close range.

The hosts lost influential left-back Faouzi Ghoulam to injury after 30 minutes and City started to come back into it.

Pep Guardiola's side levelled when De Bruyne rolled a short corner to Gundogan, whose cross was headed in by Otamendi - the Argentine's second goal in three games.

He and Stones have been brilliant at the back for City this season and the England international gave them the lead after the break when he headed home Sane's cross.

Napoli were not done and were almost level again when Insigne left Danilo on the floor with some good footwork before hitting the bar. They deserved Jorginho's equaliser from the spot.

They almost led when Jose Callejon was picked out by Mertens and was only denied by an excellent Ederson save.

Then came Aguero's big moment. The Argentine had been relatively quiet but like all great strikers pounced when his chance came.

Sane broke at pace, running at Napoli's defence, and a lucky deflection took the ball through to Aguero, who made no mistake from 18 yards.

Napoli were drained now, and City dominated the final stages with Sterling slamming home after De Bruyne ran at the hosts' tiring defence and found the England winger.

The real shame - from a neutral perspective - is that Napoli's Champions League run is likely to end before Christmas. Watch out Europa League sides.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Napoli

  • 25Reina
  • 23Hysaj
  • 33Albiol
  • 26KoulibalyBooked at 90mins
  • 31GhoulamSubstituted forMaggioat 31'minutes
  • 5Marques LoureiroSubstituted forRogat 75'minutes
  • 8Frello FilhoSubstituted forOunasat 82'minutes
  • 17Hamsik
  • 7Callejón
  • 14MertensBooked at 90mins
  • 24Insigne

Substitutes

  • 11Maggio
  • 20Zielinski
  • 21Chiriches
  • 22Sepe
  • 30Rog
  • 37Ounas
  • 42Diawara

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 3Danilo
  • 5Stones
  • 30OtamendiBooked at 90mins
  • 18Delph
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 7Sterling
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 8GündoganSubstituted forSilvaat 71'minutes
  • 19SanéSubstituted forJesusat 90'minutes
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 2Walker
  • 15Mangala
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 21Silva
  • 33Jesus
  • 42Y Touré
Referee:
Dr. Felix Brych
Attendance:
44,483

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away17
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Napoli 2, Manchester City 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Napoli 2, Manchester City 4.

Booking

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Dries Mertens (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 2, Manchester City 4. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne following a fast break.

Booking

Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).

Adam Ounas (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David Silva.

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

Marko Rog (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces Leroy Sané.

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).

Attempt saved. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leroy Sané.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kalidou Koulibaly.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Adam Ounas replaces Jorginho.

Offside, Napoli. Marko Rog tries a through ball, but José Callejón is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marko Rog (Napoli).

Fabian Delph (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Bernardo Silva replaces Sergio Agüero.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Marko Rog replaces Allan.

Attempt blocked. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elseid Hysaj.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. David Silva replaces Ilkay Gündogan.

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 2, Manchester City 3. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leroy Sané following a fast break.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Ederson.

Attempt saved. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Dries Mertens with a through ball.

Offside, Manchester City. Ilkay Gündogan tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

Offside, Napoli. Jorginho tries a through ball, but Dries Mertens is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 2, Manchester City 2. Jorginho (Napoli) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Napoli. Raúl Albiol draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Leroy Sané (Manchester City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by John Stones.

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