Napoli 2-1 Manchester City UEFA Champions Live Blog: As It Happened
Roberto Mancini has now left Manchester City in between a rock and a hard place.
Not only do they have to defeat Bayern Munich on the final day, they have to pray bottom place Villarreal somehow avoid defeat to Napoli.
Mancini was a constant failure with Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League.
Again he is failing for Manchester City in the Champions League.
Starting Lineups and Substitutes
Manchester City: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nigel de Jong, James Milner, Yaya Touré, David Silva, Mario Balotelli, Edin Džeko.
Substitutes: Costel Pantilimon, Stefan Savić, Gareth Barry, Adam Johnson, Gareth Barry, Samir Nasri, Sergio Agüero.
Napoli: Morgan De Sanctis, Hugo Campagnaro, Paolo Cannavaro, Salvatore Aronica, Christian Maggio, Gökhan Inler, Walter Gargano, Andrea Dossena, Marek Hamšík, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Edinson Cavani.
Substitutes: Antonio Rosati, Gianluca Grava, Federico Fernández, Blerim Džemaili, Mario Santana, Goran Pandev, Giuseppe Mascara.
Fulltime: Napoli 2-1 Manchester City
What was Roberto Mancini thinking in not playing his strongest 11? Disrespecting a strong Napoli side who haven't played to their talents.
Why didn't Sergio Agüero start? Why didn't Micah Richards play? Why didn't Gaël Clichy play?
Now Manchester City have to prove to Sheik Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan that he use his money for nothing.
Not only do they have to beat Bayern Munich they have to hope Napoli don't win against bottom place Villarreal.
Man of the match: Edinson Cavani
The difference maker.
Worse player of the match: Aleksandar Kolarov
Constantly caught out in defence and didn't offer enough incisive crossing.
90+2'- Adam Johnson hits his cross wide.
90+1'- Oh my, Manchester City might lose.
90'- Great tackle and run by Walter Gargano. Waste of a cross.
89'- Napoli have nine men behind the ball. I think Ezequiel Lavezzi is all alone up forward.
88'- Napoli defending for dear life.
87'- One way traffic towards Morgan De Sanctis' goal as Manchester City look for two goals.
86'- Professional foul from Aleksandar Kolarov on Ezequiel Lavezzi.
85'- Manchester Substitution
OFF: Pablo Zabaleta ON: Adam Johnson
All or nothing.
82'- Napoli Substitution
OFF: Edinson Cavani ON: Goran Pandev
It doesn't seen Cavani has recovered after that hard foul from Vincent Kompany.
81'- What a pass from David Silva to find Samir Nasri who cuts it back to Mario Balotelli only for the Italian to head over.
80'- Excellent workrate from David Silva who loses the ball then wins it back, threads it for Mario Balotelli but the Italian's shot is blocked.
Manchester City Substitution
OFF: Edin Džeko ON: Sergio Agüero
80'- Someone put the ball out so Sergio Agüero can come on. Manchester City need him. He's been waiting for at least two minutes.
80'- Edinson Cavani again fouled, this time by Pablo Zabaleta.
78'- Again Joe Hart saves the day saving from Christian Maggio. Nonexistent defending from Aleksandar Kolarov.
77'- Great run from Mario Balotelli but excellent save from Morgan De Sanctis.
77'- A yellow card was shown to Vincent Kompany for an off the ball foul on Edinson Cavani.
76'- That could prove to be Manchester City's lucky break. Marek Hamšík gets a lucky bounce of Aleksandar Kolarov's chest and strikes the post.
76'- Possession has exclusively been played in Napoli's own half yet Manchester City still cannot find a way through.
74'- Manchester City not doing enough with possession.
73'- Personally, I'd prefer Micah Richards and Gaël Clichy as fullbacks.
71'- Where is Sergio Agüero? Edin Džeko has been poor to say the least.
70'- Napoli Substitution
OFF: Nigel de Jong ON: Samir Nasri
Roberto Mancini opting for more creativity.
70'- David Silva has failed to thread the needle today.
68'- Great save from Joe Hart. Ezequiel Lavezzi taking advantage of Vincent Kompany's slip before forcing Hart into a great save. It was Aleksandar Kolarov who gave the ball away in the other half which allowed Napoli to counter.
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