Marco Reus scored a penalty to help Borussia Dortmund move back into second place in Group F with a 3-1 victory over Napoli on Tuesday evening at the Westfalenstadion.
It was one-way traffic for the home team which saw two second-half goals scored by Jakub Błaszczykowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang, while Lorenzo Insigne’s strike was merely a consolation for the Italians.
With Arsenal sitting atop of Group F and three points clear of Borussia Dortmund and Napoli, there were specific permutations coming into the game for the German giants.
Dortmund had to beat Napoli- ideally by a two-goal margin -to stand any chance of progressing into the knockout stages of the competition.
And the 2012/13 runners-up couldn’t have asked for a more perfect start to their outing when they snatched the lead through Marco Reus after just ten minutes following a foul in the box by Fernandez.
The striker was the calmest man in the stadium as he waltzed up to the penalty spot and sent the ball into the bottom right hand corner with Pepe Reina diving the other way.
That goal seemed to open the flood gates for a wave of German attacks but the Napoli defence along with Pepe Reina held strong.
Napoli’s closest chance of the half came just before the 30 minute mark when Jose Callejon jinxed past Sven Bender before unleashing a shot which rattled the woodwork.
The Spanish goalkeeper was then called into action in the 33rd minute when he did well to push away Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s fierce shot, diving high to his right.
Napoli came out as the sprightlier of the two teams in the second half, doing well to peg back the Germans on their own ground.
Marco Reus did however threaten off a set-piece just before the hour mark, drawing a two handed save by Reina which saw him push it over the bar.
Any chance of a Napoli comeback was ruled out by Jakub Błaszczykowski’s 60th minute goal which came off an impeccably worked counter-attack by the Germans. The Pole calmly slotted the ball through Pepe Reina's legs with a first time shot to make it 2-0 to the hosts.
Rafael Benitez brought on Lorenzo Insigne in place of Callejon and he made an immediate impact by reducing the deficit to just one goal after five minutes on the field.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos was guilty of losing the ball coming out of defence and it fell kindly to Gonzalo Higuaín, who played a lovely ball through to Insigne. And despite the pressure from Roman Weidenfeller the substitute calmly slotted the ball into the far corner via the post.
It proved to be merely a consolation goal as the substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrapped up the clash with his goal 13 minutes from the full-time whistle.