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Napoli win 2-0 with disputed penalty as Nice finish with nine

Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Nice - Qualifying Play-Off First Leg - Naples, Italy - August 16, 2017 Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne in action REUTERS/Ciro De Luca
Soccer Football - Champions League - Napoli vs Nice - Qualifying Play-Off First Leg - Naples, Italy - August 16, 2017 Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne in action REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

BERNE (Reuters) - Napoli scored from a disputed penalty to beat Nice 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League playoff on Wednesday as the French side had two players sent off in quick succession late on.

Former European champions Celtic were helped by two own goals as they thumped Astana 5-0 at home and a late goal from Wissam Ben Yedder gave Sevilla a 2-1 win at Istanbul Basaksehir.

Olympiakos came from behind to beat Rijeka 2-1 at home with a last-minute goal from Jacques Alaixys Romao in another of the ties.

Dries Mertens put Napoli ahead in the 13th minute and Jorginho converted a penalty in the 70th after Christophe Jallet tripped Dries Mertens, although replays suggested it happened just outside the penalty area.

Nice were reduced to nine men in the 79th minute when Vincent Koziello was given a straight red card for a studs-up challenge on Piotr Zielinski and Alassane Plea was given a yellow card for protesting -- his second of the game.

(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis)

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