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Napoli ease into Champions League group stage

Napoli ease into Champions League group stage
By Reuters

22/08/2017 at 22:57Updated 22/08/2017 at 23:06

Napoli eased into the Champions League group stage when they won 2-0 away to Nice on Tuesday to complete a 4-0 aggregate win over the Ligue 1 side.

Second-half goals from Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne in the second leg of the playoff tie ensured that Serie A will have three teams in the group stage.

Nice's Italian forward Mario Balotelli reacts during the UEFA Champions League play-off football match between Nice and Napoli at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, southeastern France, on August 22, 2017.

Nice's Italian forward Mario Balotelli reacts during the UEFA Champions League play-off football match between Nice and Napoli at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, southeastern France, on August 22, 2017.Getty Images

Sevilla suffered a fright, going 1-0 down at home to Istanbul Basaksehir, before drawing 2-2 to win 4-3 on aggregate.

Wissam Ben Yedder of Sevilla FC celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs round second leg match between Sevilla FC and Istanbul Basaksehir F.K. at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on August 22, 2017 in Seville, Spain.

Wissam Ben Yedder of Sevilla FC celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs round second leg match between Sevilla FC and Istanbul Basaksehir F.K. at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on August 22, 2017 in Seville, Spain.Getty Images

Former European champions Celtic also progressed when they won 8-4 on aggregate against Kazakhstan's Astana, although they lost the second leg 4-3 and at one stage trailed 4-1.

Slovenian champions Maribor overcame Israel's Hapoel Beer-Sheva on away goals after a 1-0 win in the second leg and Olympiakos beat Rijeka 1-0 away to qualify 3-1 on aggregate.

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