Goals from Dries Mertens and Jorginho were enough to earn Napoli a 2-0 win against Nice in their Champions League qualifying play-off first leg.
Mertens rounded Nice goalkeeper Yoann Cardinale after racing on to a ball over the top to fire into an empty net in the 13th minute.
And Christophe Jallet then fouled Belgium international Mertens in the 70th minute to concede a penalty, which Jorginho scored to seal the win.
Nice were not helped by the absence of Mario Balotelli, who is injured, and new...
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has called on his club to do the city proud and prove they belong in the Champions League by beating Nice to reach the group stage.
The Azzurri face Nice, who will be without Mario Balotelli for Wednesday night's clash at the Stadio San Paolo due to injury, for a place in the lucrative group stage of European football's elite competition.
It is a game which could make or break Napoli's season before the first round of Serie A matches are played next weekend, and Sarri...
Nice will be without Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League playoff first leg at Napoli.
Balotelli has not featured for last season's Ligue 1 third-placed finishers since damaging a hamstring in the first leg of Nice's third qualifying round tie against Ajax.
The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker underwent a fitness test on Monday, but other than some light work with one of the club's fitness coaches, the Italy international was not able to train normally.