Champions League - Group B
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Benfica v Napoli

Napoli go into their final Champions League Group B game as leaders but could be eliminated if they lose to Benfica in Lisbon.
Napoli are sixth in Serie A, eight points behind leaders Juventus

The last 20 minutes of Napoli's Champions League game at Benfica could be decisive, says boss Maurizio Sarri as his side seek to avoid being knocked out in Lisbon.

Napoli are top going into the last Group B game but have not won their past three matches in the competition.

The Italian side will go out if they lose in Portugal and Besiktas win at Dynamo Kiev, who cannot advance.

"We've got to focus on winning and not defending a draw," said Sarri.

Champions League Group B table

A draw will be enough for Napoli as they beat Benfica 4-2 in Naples on 28 September. Their other win came against Kiev on 13 September, but since then they have taken one point from two games against Besiktas and been held at home in the return fixture against Kiev.

Sarri added: "It's not going to be a walk in the park in Lisbon for us, but it's not going to be for them either. The last 20 minutes could be decisive."

Line-ups

Benfica

  • 1Ederson
  • 50Cabral Semedo
  • 4Luisão
  • 14Lindelöf
  • 34Magalhães de Almeida
  • 18SalvioSubstituted forMitroglouat 80'minutes
  • 5Fejsa
  • 21Afonso FernandesBooked at 89mins
  • 22CerviSubstituted forCarrilloat 68'minutes
  • 9Jiménez
  • 20Ganchinho GuedesSubstituted forRafa Silvaat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Samaris
  • 11Mitroglou
  • 12Julio César
  • 15Carrillo
  • 27Rafa Silva
  • 28Celis
  • 33Jardel

Napoli

  • 25Reina
  • 2Hysaj
  • 33Albiol
  • 26KoulibalyBooked at 15mins
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 5Marques Loureiro
  • 42Diawara
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forZielinskiat 72'minutes
  • 7Callejón
  • 23GabbiadiniSubstituted forMertensat 57'minutes
  • 24InsigneSubstituted forRogat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 8Frello Filho
  • 11Maggio
  • 14Mertens
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 20Zielinski
  • 30Rog
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
55,634

Match Stats

Home TeamBenficaAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Benfica 1, Napoli 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Benfica 1, Napoli 2.

Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luisão (Benfica).

Booking

Pizzi (Benfica) is shown the yellow card.

Marko Rog (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lubomir Fejsa (Benfica).

Foul by Marko Rog (Napoli).

Lubomir Fejsa (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Benfica 1, Napoli 2. Raúl Jiménez (Benfica) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nelsinho (Benfica).

Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lubomir Fejsa (Benfica).

Foul by Amadou Diawara (Napoli).

Pizzi (Benfica) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Faouzi Ghoulam.

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Faouzi Ghoulam.

Hand ball by Marko Rog (Napoli).

Foul by Marko Rog (Napoli).

Luisão (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Kostas Mitroglou replaces Eduardo Salvio.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Marko Rog replaces Lorenzo Insigne.

Goal!

Goal! Benfica 0, Napoli 2. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Faouzi Ghoulam.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Nelsinho.

Attempt missed. Pizzi (Benfica) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Raúl Albiol (Napoli).

Eduardo Salvio (Benfica) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by André Almeida (Benfica).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Piotr Zielinski replaces Marek Hamsik.

Offside, Napoli. Amadou Diawara tries a through ball, but Dries Mertens is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. André Carrillo replaces Franco Cervi.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

Victor Lindelöf (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Allan following a corner.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by André Almeida.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match José Callejón (Napoli) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal64201861214
2PSG6330137612
3Ludogorets6033615-93
4FC Basel6024312-92

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli6321118311
2Benfica6222101008
3Besiktas6141914-57
4Dynamo Kiev61238625

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona65012041615
2Man City6231121029
3B Mgladbach6123512-75
4Celtic6033516-113

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid650172515
2Bayern Munich6402146812
3FC Rostov6123612-65
4PSV Eindhoven6024411-72

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Monaco532094511
2B Leverkusen51405417
3Tottenham511335-24
4CSKA Moscow503248-43

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund54101971213
2Real Madrid5320148611
3Sporting510457-23
4Legia Warsaw5014824-161

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester541071613
2FC Porto52214318
3FC Copenhagen51315236
4Club Brugge5005212-100

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus532092711
2Sevilla531173410
3Lyon52125327
4Dinamo Zagreb5005013-130
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