As Paris Saint-Germain joust with Arsenal for top spot in their group, Napoli, Benfica and Besiktas will battle it out Tuesday for last 16 Champions League slots. The Group B trio all have everything to play for in their final pool games as the only one of the eight first phase groups where no side has yet secured a berth. Portugal's Benfica, European champions back in 1961 and 1962 in their halcyon days but who have underachieved since, should have secured their passage on matchday five but threw away a three-goal lead at Besiktas.
Injury-depleted Juventus beat in-form Atalanta 3-1 on Saturday as the defending champions went seven points clear atop Serie A. The visitors came into the game off the back of six wins and had been unbeaten in nine games, while Juventus had lost 3-1 at Genoa last week. Juventus brushed off a string of defensive injuries and now have 36 points, seven clear of Roma, who play city rivals Lazio on Sunday and AC Milan who host Crotone.
At the capital derby, Roma's absent fans were sorely missed, and so are Gonzalo Higuain's scoring boots at Juventus. Strike Gianluca Lapadula lost an internal battle but won the match for AC Milan with a late winner, and while Marek Hamsik ate into Diego Maradona's 115-goal club record for Napoli.