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LISBON, Portugal -- Napoli won 2-1 at Benfica but both teams qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League on Tuesday after Besiktas fell to a surprise 6-0 thrashing at Dynamo Kiev.Dries Mertens, who scored two goals in a 4-2 win against Benfica in Italy, changed the Group B match after coming on as a substitute. The Belgium international set up the opener for Jose Callejon on the hour mark before securing the win in the 79th as Napoli topped its Champions League group for the first time.We had already been burned once by looking at the result of the other match, said Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri, whose team had squandered earlier chances to qualify for the last 16. So, it really hardly mattered to us what was happening in Kiev. We wanted first place to make Napoli history.But I think that there is really very little advantage to finishing first. It was more for our own satisfaction, because we are convinced that we are the team that has played the best in this group.It was meant to be a battle to advance at Estadio da Luz but it turned out to be a shootout for top spot as Besiktas collapsed in Ukraine.Both Benfica and Napoli had missed several earlier opportunities to advance, with the Italian side nearly becoming the first team in Champions League history to advance from the group stage after only three matches -- before losing to Besiktas and drawing its next two games.Both teams had eight points coming into the match, one more than Besiktas, and Napoli knew a draw would be enough, having already defeated Benfica.It was an end-to-end start to the match but there were few clear chances and the tempo started to fall as the news filtered through that Besiktas was losing.Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina had been the busier of the two shot-stoppers in the first half but Napoli appeared more determined after the break. Callejon should have broken the deadlock four minutes into the second half but fired wide from a great position.Mertens was brought on in the 57th and had an immediate impact, with a lovely through ball to Callejon who dinked it over the onrushing Ederson.Mertens got on the scoresheet himself in the 79th, carving out space just inside the area, following a one-two between Callejon and Faouzi Ghoulam, and curling into the bottom left corner.Napoli gifted Benfica a consolation goal three minutes from time when Raul Albiol was caught napping. He should have easily cleared a long ball but Raul Jimenez seized the moment and fired past Reina. Cheap Minnesota Vikings Jerseys . The parade and rally were held to celebrate the Saskatchewan Roughriders 45-23 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday in the CFLs championship game. Cheap Baltimore Ravens Jerseys . Calgary scored on the first shift, and Michael Cammalleri scored twice as the Flames cruised to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. . In the lead up - which seemed to begin the moment Mike Geiger blew the whistle in Houston last Thursday night - the Impact rumour mill went into overdrive. The speculation went into meltdown mode, of the golden nugget variety. Cheap Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys .C. Lions has come to an end. Banks told TSN on Jan 2 that he had no interest in playing out the option year of his contract with the Lions in 2014, and he again made that clear in a conversation with Lions GM Wally Buono last week. Cheap New Orleans Saints Jerseys . For the Wild it was their first win of the season and they now have a record of 1-1-2 while the Jets fall to 2-2. Jets start a six game home stand Friday with another divisional game, home to the Dallas Stars.Jackson Martinez’s £31m transfer from Atletico Madrid to Guangzhou Evergrande captured the imagination this week as the Colombian became just the latest big-name player to switch to the Chinese Super League. Martinez signs for Evergrande Guangzhou Evergrande have signed Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez. There is already speculation that Chelsea captain John Terry could sign a lucrative contract in China too, having suggested that his current club will not be offering him a new deal.Terry would be linking up with former Blues team-mate Ramires, who made a £25m move of his own to Jiangsu Suning last month. But its the transfer of Martinez, a 29-year-old first-team regular at one of Europes strongest sides thats the real reminder that China could soon become a haven for stars in their prime as well.Evergrande had sold Elkeson to Shanghai SIPG prior to Martinezs arrival and with Gervinho joining Hebei China Fortune, China has accounted for four of the five biggest transfers this winter. Whos in China? Demba Ba, Tim Cahill, Gervinho, Asamoah Gyan, Paulinho, Ramires and Mohamed Sissoko are among the former Premier League players in China. The expansion has been rapid with the television rights for the next five years of the Chinese Super League costing £830m, more than 30 times the previous sum.While the heavily regulated world of Major League Soccer restricts the likelihood of such excesses, there are no such obvious impediments in the way for the Chinese Super League.It seems that the prospect of a new market emerging to compete with Europes biggest league is one to be taken seriously. Paulinho, Tim Cahill and Ramires are among those embracing life in China Chris Atkins is a Chinese football expert based in Guangzhou, as well as a player representative and registered intermediary for RWMG Sports. Heres his take on the changes in China…What has changed in China and why?The government is keen to establish a more balanced economy based upon more than just manufacturing, with sports and entertainment industries seen as areas for investment. In China, companies are reliant on good relationships with the authorities and therefore are often inclined to help with initiatives seen as in the national interest. The stars in China Following Jackson Martinezs record-breaking move, we look at the other stars who play in Chinaa.dddddddddddd What companies have also seen from the success of Guangzhou Evergrande is the amount of brand recognition that can be gained from football, allowing diversification. With many of those involved from the slowing real estate sector, that is an important benefit. The overall idea is to build a footballing product that puts China on the world map.Whats the standard like?The top end of the division is as good as it gets in Asia, with four or five clubs now at a pretty good standard and Guangzhou Evergrande having won the AFC Champions League twice in the past three years. Gervinho heads to China Former Arsenal winger Gervinho has left Roma to join Chinese Super League new boys Hebei Fortune. Obviously the league is still far off the levels of Europes top leagues, but it has improved dramatically in the past five years and should continue to do so. However, the big task will be raising the standard of the Chinese players across the board with the majority of better players now at only three or four sides.Are there a lot of clubs capable of spending big now? Which ones?Every year the number of clubs capable of making big-money additions seems to increase as we are seeing more and more clubs taken over by big enterprises. Even the second division now is starting to see increased investment and the likes of Jadson, Luis Fabiano and Zvjezdan Misimovic will line up in that league this year. Ramires in Chelsea exit Ramires has completed his move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning from Chelsea for a fee of £25m. The top spending clubs capable of attracting top players are probably Evergrande, Shanghai SIPG, Jiangsu Suning, Hebei China Fortune, Shandong Luneng and Beijing Guoan.How is the influx affecting your clients? Is the money going up across the board?Pretty much. The need to spend more to stay competitive is being felt at all levels. While at the very bottom of the second division, salaries are still not increasing too much (around $200k net per year), a number of clubs who were spending those levels last year have raised their budget substantially for this season.Is this a fad or the start of something big?This is the key question. However, while current levels of spending may not be sustained I think the general push in the direction of sports investment will continue for some time. Much will depend on Chinas economic growth in the years ahead and particularly the health of the housing market.For the time being, expect further Chinese encroachment into European clubs and also further investment in players for the Chinese Super League. Also See: Martinez in China move High-profile stars in China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jersyes Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys cheap jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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