Napoli, Sevilla Secured Champions League Group Stage Spots
There were no major surprises so far in the Champions League playoffs round as favorite teams such as Napoli, Sevilla along with Celtic all got themselves through into the group stage of that major competition.
Italian side, Napoli bagged another 2-0 victory on their away trip against Ligue 1 outfit Nice, which despite already fielding Mario Balotelli along with Wesley Sneijder still left themselves short in battling Partenopei.
There’s a bit more bite indeed from the French outfit, but Maurizio Sarri’s men remained dominant in that second leg, netting two second half goals from Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne.
Winning 4-0 total in aggregate, Napoli certainly can make this year’s competition more interesting with their attacking football display.
Meanwhile, Sevilla also got themselves through into the group stage despite only drawing 2-2 in their home match against Turkish opposition, Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Spanish side’s 2-1 victory during their first meeting proving to be decision as their opponent did put up a strong fight in that second leg.
Basaksehir got themselves ahead through Eljero Elia’s effort, but the host drew level through Sergio Escudero’s header before turning things around with Wissam Ben Yedder’s finish inside the box.
That game remained in high tension though when Edin Visca made it 2-2 on the 83rd minute, but unfortunately the Turkish side can’t get another goal to get them through.
A slight scare also arrived for Celtic as their 5-0 lead almost seemed useless when Astana were able to go 4-1 up at a certain time midway into the second period.
Fortunately, the Scottish side were able to get themselves together and grabbed two more goals back and made the final scoreline on that second leg 4-3, which is secure enough for Brendan Rodgers men despite having to admit defeat.
Full Results for Champions League second leg playoffs Tuesday:
Astana 4-3 Celtic (agg. 4-8)
Nice 0-2 Napoli (agg. 0-4)
Sevilla 2-2 Istanbul Besaksehir (agg. 3-2)
Rijeka 0-1 Olympiakos (1-3)
NK Maribor 1-0 Hapoel Be’er Sheva (agg. 2-2 Maribor advanced on away goals rule)