ROME, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Napoli kicked off their Champions League campaign in style with a 2-1 win over last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund at home on Wednesday.
The hosts went ahead through Gonzalo Higuain in the 29th minute when he nodded in an inswinging cross, and the situation looked easier for them just before half-time as Mats Hummels departed injured and Roman Weidenfeller inexplicably handled outside the box to earn himself a red card.
Dortmund, who saw their head coach Jurgen Klopp's dismissal to the stands for raging at the fourth officialo, were helpless to prevent a fantastic long-rang free-kick from Lorenzo Insigne doubling Napoli's lead in the 67th minute.
The German side grabbed a late consolation when Juan Camilo Zuniga flicked a cross into his own net with five minutes of normal time remaining.
Napoli head coach Rafa Benitez said he was happy with his players carrying out his tactics.
"I am satisfied, as we did everything we talked about before the game," he said.
"We knew Borussia were very dangerous on the break, but we talked about intensity and everyone helping out in defence," he said
His Dortmund counterpart Jurgen Klopp said Napoli deserved the win.
"Napoli have exceptional players and can go very far in this competition. This evening was, however, just one match. If we had won it would've been a great victory, because we played against a great side," Klopp said.
"We deserved the defeat this evening, but we did something good too. We are self-critical and always prepared to reflect on our mistakes," he said.