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Napoli, Benfica in last 16 after Besiktas crumble

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Napoli's Jose Callejon (second right) scores a goal during the Champions League Group B match between Benfica and Napoli at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal yesterday.


In the only group yesterday where qualification for the Champions League knockout stages was still to be decided, Besiktas crumbled under the pressure, allowing Napoli and Benfica to progress.

Napoli and Benfica had eight points going into their Group B match, one more than Besiktas, who were playing at already eliminated Dynamo Kiev.

However, the Turkish side fell to a shock 6-0 defeat in a match that saw them finish with nine men. Napoli won 2-1 at Benfica to top a Champions League group for the first time.

Elsewhere, Arsenal topped Group A following their 4-1 win at Basel after Paris Saint-Germain could only draw 2-2 at home to Ludogorets.

AtlÈtico Madrid had already secured first place in Group D but lost their perfect record in a 1-0 defeat at Bayern Munich. The final positions in Group C had already been decided and Barcelona beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0, while Manchester City drew 1-1 against Celtic.