Aug 21, 2014

    Champions League round-up


    A SUPERB Gonzalo Higuain goal rescued Napoli in a 1-1 draw with visiting Athletic Bilbao in their Champions League play-off match.

    Iker Muniain side-footed the visitors ahead four minutes before half-time as Napoli struggled to find their rhythm on Tuesday.

    But the Italian side's Argentinian forward Higuain levelled in the 68th minute when he brilliantly pulled down a pass and, despite being surrounded by three defenders, managed to make space and score with a low shot into the far corner.

    "Considering the way the game went, we can consider our reaction positive and must begin again from that," said Napoli coach Rafael Benitez.

    In the other first-leg ties, Jonatan Soriano struck the woodwork thrice and scored in Salzburg's 2-1 win over visiting Malmo; Bayer Leverkusen won 3-2 at FC Copenhagen, and a late goal gave Steaua Bucharest a 1-0 home win over Ludogorets Razgrad.