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Neapolitan pasting

sports Updated: Nov 24, 2011 01:47 IST

Manchester United and Manchester City's Champions League aspirations will go down to the wire after both English Premier League giants suffered wobbles in Tuesday's group action.

Benfica are now top of Group C after the Portuguese held United to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford, while Basel, who host Sir Alex Ferguson's three-time winners in the final match, are only a point behind after edging out Romania's Otelul Galati 3-2.

Mega spenders City, for their part, slid to a 2-1 loss to Napoli - who had already held them in Manchester - with Edinson Cavani twice on target, leaving coach Roberto Mancini frustrated. http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/241111/24-11-pg21a.jpg

"I don't think we deserved to lose this game (but) we conceded two stupid goals," Mancini. But he added "I don't think it's finished."

It will be, however, if Napoli polish off still pointless Villarreal of Spain in their final group encounter.

With Bayern Munich dispatching Villarreal 3-1 in Bavaria - Franck Ribery twice on target - the Germans win Group A but City have now slipped to third a point adrift of Napoli after the Italians showed true grit to bag a precious win, helped by Cavani's predatory powers.

Madrid run riot

Real Madrid made light work of Dinamo Zagreb winning 6-2 to make it five straight wins in Group D of the Champions League on a rainy night in the Spanish capital. The Spaniards proved their strength in depth by resting key players in Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe and sharing the goals around with Karim Benzema and Jose Callejon scoring twice and Gonzalo Higuain and Mesut Ozil also on the scoresheet.