Benfica, Napoli move into last 16

PARIS • Napoli and Benfica clinched places in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, as nine-man Besiktas capitulated at Dynamo Kiev.

Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens scored second-half goals to earn Napoli a 2-1 victory over Benfica in Lisbon to send the Italians through as winners of Group B.

Two-time former European champions Benfica pulled a goal back late on through Raul Jimenez.

"We reached our objective, we wanted to win the group and we did it with a splendid performance here in Lisbon," said Callejon.

In the group's other game, Besiktas travelled to Ukraine hopeful of advancing after their rousing three-goal fightback on match-day five against Benfica, but the Turkish champions unravelled in a disastrous first half.

Artem Besedin bundled in Dynamo's opener on nine minutes and Besiktas suffered a critical blow on the half hour with Andreas Beck sent off for a professional foul on Derlis Gonzalez.

Andriy Yarmolenko converted the resulting penalty and the hosts struck twice more before the break. Frustrations boiled over as Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar was dismissed for a second yellow card on 56 minutes and Serhiy Sydorchuk and Junior Moraes completed a 6-0 victory.

"We want to forget this game and want to represent Turkey in the best possible way in the Europa League now," said Besiktas captain Oguzhan Ozyakup.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2016, with the headline 'Benfica, Napoli move into last 16'. Print Edition | Subscribe