Champions League on Betfair: Arsenal qualify despite loss in Naples

Arsene Wenger had a few nervous moments late in the game
Arsene Wenger had a few nervous moments late in the game

Arsenal suffered a nervous end to their Group F campaign as they went down 2-0 to Napoli, while elsewhere there was a narrow win for Chelsea and a huge loss for Celtic. Mike Norman has the In-Play odds details...

"The 2-0 Correct Score was matched at 27.026/1 (1-0 hit a low of 1.051/20) while Napoli were matched at a high of 6.05/1 for the victory In-Play."


Arsenal have qualified for the knock-out stages of the Champions League despite losing 2-0 to Napoli this evening.

The Gunners had to avoid a defeat by a three-goal margin to be certain of qualification and a half time, with the score at 0-0 (matched at 3.8514/5), Arsene Wenger's men looked to be in control, especially as Borussia Dortmund were behind held 1-1 by Marseille.

But with just over 15 minutes remaining Napoli made a deserved breakthrough when Arsenal's summer transfer target Gonzalo Higuain fired home from inside the area to make it 1-0. Higuain was matched at 8.415/2 to score first.

At this point the Gunners were still relatively safe; Dortmund were still being held in France and Napoli had to find two more goals. But a second yellow card for Mikel Arteta shortly after the opening goal made matters a little more interesting. A Sending Off was backed at 6.611/2.

Dortmund finally got their noses in front at Marseille meaning two goals by Napoli would eliminate Arsenal, and deep into time added on the Italian outfit made it 2-0 through Jose Callejon.

But that was as tense as it got for Wenger's men as the final whistle sounded as soon as the game resumed. The 2-0 Correct Score was matched at 27.026/1 (1-0 hit a low of 1.051/20) while Napoli were matched at a high of 6.05/1 for the victory In-Play.

The downside for Arsenal - as well as their poor display - was that they finished as runners-up in the group which sets up the possibility of a much tougher tie in the round of 16.

Chelsea ensured they finished top of their group with a slightly disappointing 1-0 win over Steau Bucharest at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were matched at a high of just 1.251/4 for the win and when Demba Ba (or possibly an own goal) opened the scoring early in the game few would have been surprised if Jose Mourinho's men went on to score many more.

But a mixture of some poor play and good defending by the away side meant there would be no further goals. The 1-0 Correct Score was matched at 28.027/1.

Over in Spain Barcelona - without the injured Lionel Messi - put six past hapless Celtic as they topped Group H.

Former Manchester United defender Gerard Pique was a surprise 38.037/1 First Goalscorer and Brazilian striker Neymar would go on to score a hat-trick (matched at 13.012/1 to do so).

Celtic scored a late consolation meaning the 6-1 Correct Score was matched at a high of 85.084/1 In-Play.

Bayern Munich remain the 3.412/5 favourites to win the competition, just ahead of Barcelona (5.95/1) and Real Madrid (6.411/2). Chelsea can be backed at 18.017/1 with Arsenal available at 28.027/1.

The draw for the first knock-out stage will be held on Monday, December 16.


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