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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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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania

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A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.

Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.

The other driver involved was not hurt.

Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.

The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.

“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.

“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”

Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.

Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.

Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.

Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.

In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.

Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.

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Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos

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Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.

Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.

While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.

“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.

A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.

Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.

“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.

He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.

“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”

The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.

“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.

Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.

On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.

Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.

But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.

Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.

“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”

The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.

The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.

“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.

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Grace Tame says caller ‘threatened’ against criticising PM

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An Australian of the Year and sexual abuse survivor has said she received a “threatening” call warning her not to criticise the prime minister.

Grace Tame made the allegation in a speech on Wednesday, where she said she’d been called by a “senior member of a government-funded organisation”.

She added she was asked to promise not to say anything “damning” about Scott Morrison.

The government has denied knowledge of the call and said it will investigate.

On Tuesday, Mr Morrison made a formal apology to former political staffer Brittany Higgins more than a year after the young woman went public with the allegation that she had been raped by a male colleague in a ministerial office.

Her story sparked national anger, and an inquiry into parliament’s culture which found more than a third of workers had been sexually harassed.

Both Ms Higgins and Ms Tame have been heralded this past year for prompting a national conversation about abuse, power and gender inequality.

On Wednesday, the pair delivered a highly anticipated joint address at the National Press Club in Canberra.

Asked by journalists if she could name the threatening caller and their organisation, Ms Tame said: “if I was willing to name either, I would have put them in the speech”.

But she said the caller had been concerned about what she would say on the evening her successor as Australian of the Year was named.

She said the caller had described her as an “influential figure” and that Mr Morrison would “have a fear” about what she might say “with an election coming soon”. Australia is due to hold a general election before 21 May.

“Sound familiar to anyone? Well, it does to me,” Ms Tame said, before drawing a comparison with her former abuser – a teacher who had raped her as a child and pressured her to stay silent.

Mr Morrison’s office said it had not been aware of the call before Ms Tame’s speech, adding “the individual should apologise”.

“The PM and the government consider the actions and statements of the individual as unacceptable,” a spokesperson said.

But Ms Tame said launching a probe “misses the point entirely”.

“Stop deflecting, Scott. It’s not about the person who made the call. It’s the fact they felt like they had to do it at all,” she tweeted.

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