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Napoli 2-4 Man City: Sergio Aguero breaks club goal record

Lorenzo Insigne put Napoli ahead after 20 minutes as the home side cut through the Manchester City d..

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  • Lorenzo Insigne put Napoli ahead after 20 minutes as the home side cut through the Manchester City defence
  • Nicolas Otamendi equalised before the break before John Stones headed City in front in the second half
  • Leroy Sane felled Raul Albiol in the box to allow Jorginho to square the contest again from the spot
  • Sergio Aguero broke City's all-time goalscoring record when he finished a counter-attack to make it 3-2
  • The result was secured when Raheem Sterling struck late in injury time, slamming past Pepe Reina

By Chris Wheeler for the Daily Mail

Published: 17:39 EDT, 1 November 2017 | Updated: 05:26 EDT, 2 November 2017

What a way to break the record and what a place to do it. At the cavernous Stadio San Paolo where his erstwhile father-in-law Diego Maradona is still worshipped as a demi-god, Sergio Aguero ascended to greatness when he became Manchester City's top scorer of all-time.

Aguero had stood level with 1930s star Eric Brook on 177 goals for 12 days, but it was only a matter of time before he claimed a place in history all for himself.

When the opportunity arrived in the 69th minute of his 264th appearance for City, Aguero did not let his team – or himself – down.

Sergio Aguero became Manchester City's all-time record goal scorer when he hit the third goal in their victory over Napoli

Sergio Aguero became Manchester City's all-time record goal scorer when he hit the third goal in their victory over Napoli

Aguero netted as Pep Guardiola's side came from a goal down to pick up a crucial 4-2 Champions League victory in ItalyAguero netted as Pep Guardiola's side came from a goal down to pick up a crucial 4-2 Champions League victory in Italy

Aguero netted as Pep Guardiola's side came from a goal down to pick up a crucial 4-2 Champions League victory in Italy

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi celebrates after scoring his side's equaliser against Napoli at the San PaoloManchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi celebrates after scoring his side's equaliser against Napoli at the San Paolo

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi celebrates after scoring his side's equaliser against Napoli at the San Paolo

John Stones roars with delight after thumping a header in off the underside of the bar to put City in front in NapoliJohn Stones roars with delight after thumping a header in off the underside of the bar to put City in front in Napoli

John Stones roars with delight after thumping a header in off the underside of the bar to put City in front in Napoli

The win was secured when Raheem Sterling struck in injury time late, slamming past former Liverpool team-mate Pepe ReinaThe win was secured when Raheem Sterling struck in injury time late, slamming past former Liverpool team-mate Pepe Reina

The win was secured when Raheem Sterling struck in injury time late, slamming past former Liverpool team-mate Pepe Reina

The City players celebrate after the full-time whistle confirms their progression into the Champions League knock-out stageThe City players celebrate after the full-time whistle confirms their progression into the Champions League knock-out stage

The City players celebrate after the full-time whistle confirms their progression into the Champions League knock-out stage

Lorenzo Insigne had put the Serie A side ahead after 20 minutes when he finished off a incisive attack with a smart finishLorenzo Insigne had put the Serie A side ahead after 20 minutes when he finished off a incisive attack with a smart finish

Lorenzo Insigne had put the Serie A side ahead after 20 minutes when he finished off a incisive attack with a smart finish

MATCH FACTS, RATINGS, MATCH AND TABLE

Napoli (4-3-3): Reina 5.5; Hysaj 6, Koulibaly 6, Albiol 6.5, Ghoulam 6 (Maggio 31 mins, 6.5); Allan 6.5 (Rog 75, 6), Jorginho 7 (Ounas 82), Hamsik 6.5; Callejon 6, Mertens 7, Insigne 7.5.

Unused subs: Sepe, Zielinski, Chiriches,Diawara.

Bookings: Mertens, Koulibaly

Goals: Insigne 21, Jorginho 62 (pen)

Manager: Maurizio Sarri 6.5.

Man City (4-1-4-1): Ederson 7; Danilo 6, Stones 7, Otamendi 8, Delph 6.5; De Bruyne 7, Fernandinho 7, Gundogan 6.5 (D Silva 71); Sterling 7, Aguero 7 (B Silva 76), Sane 6.5 (Jesus 90).

Unused subs: Bravo, Walker, Mangala, Toure.

Bookings: Otamendi

Goals: Otamendi 34, Stones 48, Aguero 69, Sterling 90+2

Manager: Pep Guardiola 7.

Referee: Felix Brych (Germany) 7.

Attendance: 44,483.

An absorbing Group F tie was evenly poised at 2-2 when City broke out of defence and the ball was played forward. Leroy Sane made enough of a nuisance of himself to force Elseid Hysaj to stumble and Aguero collected it 30 yards out.

Suddenly the path to goal was clear. The Argentine star drove into space and buried his shot past Pepe Reina into the bottom corner.

Maradona, father of Aguero's ex-wife Giannina and grandfather to their son Benjamin, is revered here for inspiring Napoli to the Italian title in 1987 and 1990.

Aguero was already assured of a similar place in the hearts of City fans for his part in their two championship-winning seasons. But now his name will be officially etched into the history of the club.

Napoli fans in the stands hold up a large banner of club legend Diego Maradona as the atmosphere gears up before kick-offNapoli fans in the stands hold up a large banner of club legend Diego Maradona as the atmosphere gears up before kick-off

Napoli fans in the stands hold up a large banner of club legend Diego Maradona as the atmosphere gears up before kick-off

Aguero was picked to lead the City line for the key Group F clash; here he looks to get away from Kalidou KoulibalyAguero was picked to lead the City line for the key Group F clash; here he looks to get away from Kalidou Koulibaly

Aguero was picked to lead the City line for the key Group F clash; here he looks to get away from Kalidou Koulibaly

Insigne ensured Napoli took advantage of their strong start to the game when he beat Ederson to finish a slick moveInsigne ensured Napoli took advantage of their strong start to the game when he beat Ederson to finish a slick move

Insigne ensured Napoli took advantage of their strong start to the game when he beat Ederson to finish a slick move

The City defenders start the inquisition after Insigne's opening goal, the Italian had got in on goal far too easily The City defenders start the inquisition after Insigne's opening goal, the Italian had got in on goal far too easily 

The City defenders start the inquisition after Insigne's opening goal, the Italian had got in on goal far too easily

City wanted a penalty when Sterling was brought down in the box but referee Felix Brych was not interestedCity wanted a penalty when Sterling was brought down in the box but referee Felix Brych was not interested

City wanted a penalty when Sterling was brought down in the box but referee Felix Brych was not interested

His landmark goal maintained City's 100 per cent record in the Champions League this season and sent Pep Guardiola's side through to the knockout stage for the fifth year in a row as they became the first English club to win here in Naples.

Up to that point City had showed they can still do it the old-fashioned way on a night when the beautiful goals wouldn't go in at first, with two corners leading to two headers from centre backs Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones.

But it wasn't easy. It was never going to be in the imposing Stadio San Paolo against a team as good as Napoli, the Serie A leaders who have not lost here in the league since February and have only suffered three defeats in their last 24 games at home in Europe.

A young City side showed huge character in a manner that will have delighted Guardiola and sent out another ominous message to their rivals. He admitted they were 'destroyed' in the opening 20 minutes, but still recovered to score four times.

Stones continued to bravely play from the back, here a clearance is closed down by Napoli forward Dries MertensStones continued to bravely play from the back, here a clearance is closed down by Napoli forward Dries Mertens

Stones continued to bravely play from the back, here a clearance is closed down by Napoli forward Dries Mertens

The Stones vs Mertens battle was notable during the first half at the San Paolo, here the City man beats his rival in the airThe Stones vs Mertens battle was notable during the first half at the San Paolo, here the City man beats his rival in the air

The Stones vs Mertens battle was notable during the first half at the San Paolo, here the City man beats his rival in the air

Otamendi's ability in the air at attacking end got City back into the game, heading home Ilkay Gundogan's cross to levelOtamendi's ability in the air at attacking end got City back into the game, heading home Ilkay Gundogan's cross to level

Otamendi's ability in the air at attacking end got City back into the game, heading home Ilkay Gundogan's cross to level

The City players celebrate after the Otamendi equaliser silenced the Napoli fans at the San Paolo in NaplesThe City players celebrate after the Otamendi equaliser silenced the Napoli fans at the San Paolo in Naples

The City players celebrate after the Otamendi equaliser silenced the Napoli fans at the San Paolo in Naples

'When everything is going well it's easy. Even you and I can play,' said Guardiola afterwards. 'The point is how you react in bad moments and we did it really well. It was a great win for us.'

Looking to salvage their own Champions League hopes, Napoli were that little bit sharper early on and it was no surprise to see them take the lead in the 21st minute.

It was a beautifully-worked goal but perhaps a little too easy from City's point of view. Dries Mertens played a lovely one-two on the edge of the box with Lorenzo Insigne who sliced through City's defence and curled the ball around Ederson Moraes.

The place erupted and it was to City's credit that they raised their game immediately.

They produced their best move of the first half which ended with Aguero's shot being deflected inches wide of the post.

Kevin De Bruyne was driving the City attack forward, taking the game to Napoli with his direct runs at the heart of the defenceKevin De Bruyne was driving the City attack forward, taking the game to Napoli with his direct runs at the heart of the defence

Kevin De Bruyne was driving the City attack forward, taking the game to Napoli with his direct runs at the heart of the defence

Napoli keeper Reina can only watch as Stones' first-half effort smacks back off the crossbar as City apply pressureNapoli keeper Reina can only watch as Stones' first-half effort smacks back off the crossbar as City apply pressure

Napoli keeper Reina can only watch as Stones' first-half effort smacks back off the crossbar as City apply pressure

Argentine frontman Aguero reacts to a physical altercation with Napoli centre half Koulibaly as things get a little tenseArgentine frontman Aguero reacts to a physical altercation with Napoli centre half Koulibaly as things get a little tense

Argentine frontman Aguero reacts to a physical altercation with Napoli centre half Koulibaly as things get a little tense

Stones meets Sane's delightful corner with a firm header to put City 2-1 ahead in the second half of the contestStones meets Sane's delightful corner with a firm header to put City 2-1 ahead in the second half of the contest

Stones meets Sane's delightful corner with a firm header to put City 2-1 ahead in the second half of the contest

Goal-line technology showed that Stones' header had crossed the line despite bouncing back out after hitting the barGoal-line technology showed that Stones' header had crossed the line despite bouncing back out after hitting the bar

Goal-line technology showed that Stones' header had crossed the line despite bouncing back out after hitting the bar

Stones had to delay his celebrations until the goal was confirmed but once it was there was no holding the defender backStones had to delay his celebrations until the goal was confirmed but once it was there was no holding the defender back

Stones had to delay his celebrations until the goal was confirmed but once it was there was no holding the defender back

Napoli had not escaped, though. When De Bruyne delivered from the right, the ball was flicked on and Otamendi headed in at the far post for his first Champions League goal in 39 games.

It was also the defender's second goal in three matches, as many as he had scored in the 93 before that.

He could even have had another before half-time. Ilkay Gundogan swept the ball to the back post where Otamendi miskicked in front of goal, and the ball looped up for Stones to plant a header against the bar from 15 yards.

Raheem Sterling must have thought he would score within seconds of the restart when he wriggled through but Raul Albiol got across to make a fantastic block.

Jorginho beat City keeper Ederson from the spot to pull Napoli level after Sane fouled Raul Albiol in the boxJorginho beat City keeper Ederson from the spot to pull Napoli level after Sane fouled Raul Albiol in the box

Jorginho beat City keeper Ederson from the spot to pull Napoli level after Sane fouled Raul Albiol in the box

Jorginho celebrates in front of the passionate support in Curva at Stadio San Paolo after making the game all square at 2-2Jorginho celebrates in front of the passionate support in Curva at Stadio San Paolo after making the game all square at 2-2

Jorginho celebrates in front of the passionate support in Curva at Stadio San Paolo after making the game all square at 2-2

Aguero became City's all-time record scorer when he finished a rapid counter attack with a composed finish  Aguero became City's all-time record scorer when he finished a rapid counter attack with a composed finish  

Aguero became City's all-time record scorer when he finished a rapid counter attack with a composed finish

The striker's effort prompted fervent celebrations and cast silence on the home fans in Naples once againThe striker's effort prompted fervent celebrations and cast silence on the home fans in Naples once again

The striker's effort prompted fervent celebrations and cast silence on the home fans in Naples once again

Sterling puts an exclamation point on the City performance by adding a fourth goal in second-half injury timeSterling puts an exclamation point on the City performance by adding a fourth goal in second-half injury time

Sterling puts an exclamation point on the City performance by adding a fourth goal in second-half injury time

Again, Napoli had only delayed City scoring for a matter of moments. Sane swung over a corner and Stones met it with another thumping header.

It hit the bar again but this time bounced down just over the line, a fact German referee Felix Brych confirmed after a few moments of uncertainty.

Now it was Napoli's turn to raise their game. Insigne rattled the bar with a fine effort from 30 yards and the Italians were awarded a penalty on the hour mark for Sane's late tackle on Albiol.

Jorginho kept his cool to beat Ederson from the spot and we were all square again.

Ederson made a wonderful when Jose Callejon was one on one with the keeper, and moments later Aguero struck.

There was still time for Kevin De Bruyne to set up Sterling to score a fourth right at the end, but nothing could take away from Aguero's achievement. What a record. What a night.

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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