Wednesday 23 November 2011
Manchester City's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League are in the balance after a 2-1 defeat against Napoli on Tuesday.
Two goals from Edinson Cavani condemned the Barclays Premier League leaders to their second defeat in the group stages, a loss which leaves them third in Group A with one match to play.
Roberto Mancini's side must now beat group leaders Bayern Munich in their final match on December 7th - and hope that Napoli fail to win in Villarreal on the same night.
Mario Balotelli tapped in his ninth goal of the season to bring City level in the first half after Cavani had headed the home side in front.
But Napoli's in-form Uruguayan slotted in his fourth Champions League goal after the break to secure a crucial win for the Italians.
City boss Mancini rated his side's chances of progress as just 30%.
"Napoli are the favourites and life doesn't finish if we don't get through," he said.
"We have still got another match to play and if we don't qualify we will play in the Europa League. Everything is not finished - never say never."