Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has described his side's exit from this season's Champions League as 'absurd'.
The former Real Madrid man scored the first goal - his fifth in this year's competition - in his side's 2-0 win over Arsenal on Wednesday night, but Borussia Dortmund scored a dramatic late winner in Marseille, meaning that the Italian side were knocked out on goal difference.
"I can't believe we didn't make it," Higuain told sscnapoli.it. "To have been eliminated in this manner seems absurd.
"No-one else in the other groups have collected 12 points and not qualified.
"We have played a fantastic Champions League and we deserved to go through.
"The team has shown its true value and we want to continue like this.
"We will focus on Serie A and then we have the Europa League adventure to look forward to in February."
Since the Champions League switched to its current format in the 2003/04 season, only eight sides (including Benfica this year) have exited at the group stage after mustering 10 points in the group stage, and no side has ever managed 11 and gone out.
Napoli now face the drop into the Europe's second tier competition despite clocking up 12. As many points as Group E winners Chelsea, and only fewer than Manchester City in terms of second-placed teams.
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