Champions League scores: Leverkusen wins five-goal thriller, Arsenal and Napoli both draw

Zach Woosley
SB Nation

Tuesday saw five of the 10 Champions League playoff ties get underway, with the likes of Arsenal and Napoli in action as they look to qualify for the group stages.

Arsenal played Besiktas to a scoreless draw that saw both teams hit the woodwork and miss some other excellent chances. The biggest news coming from the match though was a leg injury for Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey being sent off after picking up two yellow cards.

Bayer Leverkusen won a wild five-goal thriller against FC Copenhagen with all of the goals coming in the first half. Son Heung-Min's 42nd minute strike was the match winner as the Germans will return home for the second leg with a lead one-goal lead and a healthy advantage in away goals.

Gonzalo Higuaín and Iker Muniaín both scored as Napoli played Athletic Bilbao to a 1-1 draw in Italy. Ernesto Valverde

Steaua Bucuresti will take a 1-0 lead in the second leg against Ludogorets Razgrad after Alexsandru Chipciu grabbed a winner in the 88th minute. SV Salzburg will also take a lead into the second leg after they defeated Malmo 2-1.

All of Tuesday's matches are the first of two legs. Second leg matches will be played on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Here's a recap of all five of the matches.

Besiktas 0-0 Arsenal - Full match report here

FC Copenhagen 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen

Napoli 1-1 Athletic Bilbao - Full match report here

Steaua Bucuresti 1-0 Ludogorets Razgrad

SV Salzburg 2-1 Malmo FF

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