Napoli head coach, Carlo Ancelotti has criticised Red Star Belgrade for their theatrics, as they played out a goalless draw on the road.
The visitors dominated proceedings from start to finish, taking 20 shots, with two of those hitting the crossbar.
The goalless draw is a poor start for Napoli’s men, as they must navigate PSG and Liverpool to reach the next round.
Ancelotti is confident his team can make up for the dropped points but was less positive about Red Star’s method of negotiating the final stages.
“It was inevitable that the last 15 minutes would be different,” Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italy.
“They are professionals at time wasting and diving. They play tight and they are always looking for a foul.
“But that’s not the problem. We should have scored earlier.
“It was close, we just lacked the final spark. We made little mistakes in passing and shooting. We were unlucky too.”
While tougher tasks are still to come, the experienced Ancelotti – three times a Champions League winner as a coach – warned against overreacting to Tuesday’s result.
“We didn’t win an important game, but we shouldn’t be so negative,” he said.
“There are still five games to go and we can beat anyone. We didn’t score, it’s a pity, but we were very close.”