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Man City hold on to beat Napoli

Gabriel Jesus scores Manchester City's second goal against Napoli

Manchester City produced another largely impressive display as they beat in-form Serie A leaders Napoli to maintain their 100% winning start to this season's Champions League.

Billed as an encounter between the two most scintillating attacking sides in Europe, City fully lived up to the hype before the break, giving their Italian rivals a brutal lesson in high-pressing, incisive football.

Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus - both neat close-range finishes - looked to have set the home side on course for a handsome victory, during a first 45 minutes in which Kevin de Bruyne also struck the crossbar with a 25-yard shot.

However, Napoli battled back into the game and, despite having a Dries Mertens penalty saved by Ederson, they converted a second through Amadou Diawara's neat finish to set up a nervy final 17 minutes for the home side.

But City held out for a win that leaves them top of Group F, three points clear of Shakhtar Donetsk, who won 2-1 at Feyenoord.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2WalkerBooked at 37mins
  • 5Stones
  • 30Otamendi
  • 18Delph
  • 17De BruyneBooked at 44mins
  • 25FernandinhoBooked at 72mins
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forGündoganat 76'minutes
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 70'minutes
  • 33JesusSubstituted forDaniloat 87'minutes
  • 19Sané

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 3Danilo
  • 8Gündogan
  • 10Agüero
  • 15Mangala
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 42Y Touré

Napoli

  • 25Reina
  • 23HysajSubstituted forMaggioat 70'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 33AlbiolBooked at 74mins
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 20Zielinski
  • 42Diawara
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forOunasat 78'minutes
  • 7Callejón
  • 14Mertens
  • 24InsigneSubstituted forMarques Loureiroat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Marques Loureiro
  • 8Frello Filho
  • 11Maggio
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 22Sepe
  • 30Rog
  • 37Ounas
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 2, Napoli 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, Napoli 1.

Leroy Sané (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Christian Maggio (Napoli).

Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Maggio (Napoli).

Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Danilo replaces Gabriel Jesus.

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

Foul by Raúl Albiol (Napoli).

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Nicolás Otamendi.

Attempt saved. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Attempt saved. Adam Ounas (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Fabian Delph.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

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

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by José Callejón with a through ball following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Christian Maggio (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Leroy Sané (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Christian Maggio (Napoli).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Adam Ounas replaces Marek Hamsik.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Raúl Albiol.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Ilkay Gündogan replaces David Silva.

Offside, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.

Booking

Raúl Albiol (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 2, Napoli 1. Amadou Diawara (Napoli) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

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

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

Penalty Napoli. Faouzi Ghoulam draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Christian Maggio replaces Elseid Hysaj because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Bernardo Silva replaces Raheem Sterling.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match David Silva (Manchester City) because of an injury.

Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

Elseid Hysaj (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by John Stones.

Attempt blocked. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elseid Hysaj (Napoli).

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