German DFB Pokal

No Higuain, no problem: Napoli beats Benfica 4-2 in CL

NAPLES, Italy (AP) Not missing Gonzalo Higuain in the least, Napoli tightened its grip on Group B of the Champions League with a convincing 4-2 win over Benfica on Wednesday.

Captain Marek Hamsik opened the scoring with a header after 20 minutes, and Napoli opened the floodgates early in the second half with three goals - two of them from Dries Mertens - in the space of seven minutes.

Mertens scored his first with a beautiful free kick that floated over Benfica's wall before dipping down into the net. Arkadiusz Milik, the 22-year-old Poland center forward brought in to replace Higuain, converted a penalty before Mertens added another from close range after goalkeeper Julio Cesar made a miscalculation.