- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

MADRID (AP) - Not long ago, Napoli was in position to become the first team in Champions League history to advance from the group stage after only three matches. Now, the Italian team is in danger of not making it at all.

All Benfica needed to do to guarantee its spot in the next stage was hold on to a 3-0 lead in its last game. Now, not even a draw may be enough.

Benfica and Napoli meet in Lisbon on Tuesday to decide their fate in Group B, hoping to make it to the last 16 of the Champions League after squandering numerous opportunities in the previous rounds.

Both teams have eight points, one more than Besiktas, which plays at already eliminated Dynamo Kiev and will advance with a victory.

The winner at Estadio da Luz will automatically advance, and a draw will be enough for Napoli because it defeated Benfica when the teams played in Italy. If Besiktas defeats Dynamo, which has lost its previous two home games, the loser in Lisbon will be eliminated.

“It’s not going to be a walk in the park in Lisbon for us but it’s not going to be for them either,” Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri said. “The last 20 minutes could be decisive and we’ve got to focus on winning and not defending a draw.”

Napoli could have made history had it beaten Besiktas at home in its third match, but it conceded a late winner to lose 3-2, then was held 1-1 in Turkey and drew 0-0 with Dynamo Kiev to enter the final round still needing a point.

Benfica was set to secure a spot in the last 16 when it opened a 3-0 lead at Besiktas, but a dramatic late run allowed the Turkish side to equalize and stay alive. Benfica also conceded a late equalizer to Besiktas when the teams played in Lisbon.

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GROUP A

The last round will determine whether it’s Paris Saint-Germain or Arsenal finishing first in the group, with the French team holding the head-to-head advantage on away goals.

PSG will secure the top spot with a home win against Ludogorets regardless of Arsenal’s result at Basel.

PSG and Arsenal have 11 points each.

Bulgarian side Ludogorets and Swiss team Basel are tied with two points and will be playing for a Europa League spot.

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GROUP B

Benfica will be trying to advance to the knockout round for the second straight season, which would be an unprecedented feat for the Portuguese champions.

“Napoli are tough opponents but they’re playing at our home against a team that is getting stronger by the day,” Benfica coach Rui Vitoria said.

Benfica has won six straight in Lisbon and hasn’t lost at home since February.

Elimination would be hard to digest for Napoli, which three years ago became the first team to be eliminated from the group phase with 12 points.

The Italian team is unbeaten in six games and coming off a 3-0 win over Inter Milan on Friday.

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GROUP C

Barcelona has already secured first place but the home game against Borussia Moenchengladbach will give the Catalan club a chance to rebound from three consecutive draws, including the disappointing 1-1 result against Real Madrid on Saturday at Camp Nou.

The game will also give Lionel Messi a chance to match or surpass Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 11 goals in the group stage. Messi has nine entering Tuesday’s game.

Neymar and Ivan Rakitic are out for Barcelona because of suspensions.

Manchester City, which hosts Celtic, has already secured second place. Moenchengladbach will finish third.

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GROUP D

Atletico Madrid travels to Germany to face Bayern Munich looking to become only the sixth club to finish the group stage with a perfect record.

Atletico has already secured first place with 15 points from five games.

Real Madrid won all six matches in the group stage twice, including two seasons ago. The other clubs to do it were AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Spartak Moscow and Barcelona.

Bayern will be trying to extend its Champions League record to 15 consecutive home wins. The last time the German side lost at home was 4-0 against Real Madrid in 2014, when the Spanish club was coached by Carlo Ancelotti.

PSV Eindhoven has to beat FC Rostov at home to finish third in the group.

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AP Sports Writer Andrew Dampf in Rome contributed to this report.

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