Football: Napoli out of Champions League despite beating Arsenal
Published on Dec 12, 2013 5:55 AM
(REUTERS) - Napoli were robbed of a place in the Champions League last 16 despite beating Premier League leaders Arsenal 2-0 at a half-empty San Paolo on Wednesday.
Gonzalo Higuain scored the first for Napoli in the 73rd minute as the hosts came to life after a dismal opening hour which Arsenal controlled without looking like scoring. Jose Callejon scored in injury time for Napoli but it was not enough.
Borussia Dortmund's 87th-minute goal to beat Marseille 2-1 meant all three teams finished on 12 points in Group F but Napoli missed out.
It was the 14th season in a row that Arsenal, who had captain Mikel Arteta sent off for a second bookable offence in the 75th minute, have reached the last 16.