Barry says record-equalling Aguero is one of the game's great strikers

Barry says record-equalling Aguero is one of the game's great strikers

Guardiola's team should have scored a second in the 39th minute when Otamendi again found space inside the Napoli box, but the Argentine somehow could not convert, before John Stones headed against the crossbar moments later.

Three minutes after the restart Man City were ahead as Otamendi's fellow centre-back, Stones, got his goal after he smashed in a header off the bar from 12-yards out, from a Leroy Sane corner.

The Argentina striker now has 178 goals for City, surpassing Eric Brook's tally of 177.

And West Brom midfielder Barry, who became the Premier League's record appearance-maker after playing in his 633rd game in September's defeat at Arsenal, reckons his former team-mate will be considered one of football's great forwards when he hangs up his boots. Danilo replaced Kyle Walker in defence, while Ilkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling and Aguero came in for David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus, who all dropped to the bench.

The opening goal had been on the cards for some time when it arrived, with Mertens' delightful flicked return pass finding a finish to match from Insigne.

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The hosts nearly spectacularly levelled in the 55th minute - Marek Hamsik denied his own moment of history when a thundering drive that would have levelled Diego Maradona's all-time Napoli scoring record cannoned back off the bar.

City celebrate scoring against Napoli.

But Insigne sent the crowd wild when he picked up a brilliant Mertens cross to fire past Ederson.

Aguero collected the loose ball when the Germany winger was tackled, spied Sterling to his right but elected to go it alone and thump beyond Pepe Reina to bring up his landmark.

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