Manchester City have prevailed in a tough encounter against Italian side Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Citizens won it 2-1 at the Etihad thanks to a couple of first half goals.
City were in top form before this tie as they drubbed Stoke 7-2 in the Premier League and are on top of the league.
Napoli on the other hand are also in terrific form as they have won all their matches in Serie A this season so far and their latest win was away to Roma.
Raheem Sterling celebrating after his goal
As it Happened:
City at home played dominating football and their vast variety of attackers troubled the Napoli center backs. Goal came early on the 9th minute as Raheem Sterling opened the scoring. Four minutes later Brazilian star Gabriel Jesus doubled the advantage for the Citizens from a de Bruyne pass. Napoli though had decent possession, they were unable to make inroads in the City final third. Seven minutes from the break, Dries Mertens squandered a huge chance to rally the visitors back in the contest as he missed a penalty.
After the break, the Italian side threatened a bit but again a lack of quality in the final third suffered them. The Naples side got back in the game in the 73rd minute, when Diawara scored from the spot after another penalty was awarded. City held on in the final exchanges and they have come out with important 3 points from the game.
The win takes City top of the Group F with 9 points, while Napoli are on 3 points after as many games. Shakhtar Donetsk, the Ukraine outfit are currently second after their away win against Feyenoord, who remain rooted at the bottom without any points.
Man City: Ederson Moraes; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva (Gundogan); Sane, Sterling (Bernardo Silva), Gabriel Jesus (Danilo)
Napoli: Pepe Reina; Hysaj (Maggio), Raul Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Zielinski, Diawara, Hamsik (Ounas); Callejon, Insigne (Allan), Mertens
One of the key factors of the game was the penalty miss by Dries Mertens. If that could have been converted, the visitors may would have left Manchester with one point at least.
Napoli also failed to convert their attacks to troubling the keeper or at least taking the shots.