Napoli maintains control of group with 1-1 draw at Besiktas

Napoli remained in control of its Champions League group following a 1-1 draw at Besiktas on Tuesday that featured two late goals.

Napoli captain Marek Hamsik equalized with a beautiful arching shot from outsider the area three minutes after Ricardo Quaresma had put Besiktas ahead with a penalty.

Napoli tops Group B with seven points, one more than Besiktas. Benfica, which has four points, and Dynamo Kiev, which has one, play later.

In a well-balanced match, Besiktas’ Canada international Atiba Hutchinson hit the outside of the post and Manolo Gabbiadini threatened for Napoli in the first half.

Nikola Maksimovic conceded the penalty for a hand ball on a cross from Vincent Aboubakar. While it appeared the Napoli defender was attempting to take his arm out of the ball’s path, it struck his elbow and Quaresma drilled the ensuing spot kick into the back of the net.

Hamsik then collected a layoff from substitute Dries Mertens and curled his shot just past the outstretched glove of goalkeeper Fabri.

It was Hamsik’s 102nd goal for Napoli in all competitions, moving him within 13 of Diego Maradona’s club record.

Lorenzo Insigne nearly won it for Napoli but his long-range shot sailed wide in added time.

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