Piotr Zielinski (R) of Napoli in action against Feyenoord's Bart Nieuwkoop (L) during the UEFA Champions League group F soccer match between Feyenoord and SSC Napoli at De Kuip in Rotterdam, Netherlands, 06 December 2017.
ROTTERDAM - Feyenoord ended Napoli&39;s slim hopes of reaching the Champions League&39;s last 16 as Jeremiah St. Juste&39;s late goal snatched a 2-1 win for the Dutch side on Wednesday.
St. Juste scored from a corner in the last minute for Feyenoord, who had been reduced to 10 men in the closing stages.
Napoli, who drop into the Europa League, had made a blistering start in their bid to stay in contention with Piotr Zielinski opening the scoring in the second minute.
The Italian club’s hopes of snatching second place in Group F however were hit as Feyenoord fought back to equalise through Nicolai Jorgensen before claiming the dramatic winner and their first points in this year&39;s group stage.
Napoli finished third in the group with six points, three ahead of Feyenoord and six behind second-placed Shakhtar Donetsk.
Napoli had to win, and hope that second placed Shakhtar lost in their home clash with group winners Manchester City.
Yet after a positive start the fight seemed to go out of Napoli when the Ukrainians went 2-0 up against City in the first half of their match, which finished 2-1.
Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik both had chances to increase Napoli&39;s lead before Feyenoord levelled on 33 minutes as Steven Berghuis&39;s cross was headed into the net by Jorgensen.
Tonny Vilhena was sent off for a second booking in the final five minutes but Feyenoord forced a corner in the closing stages from which St. Juste found the net.