Champions League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
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Real Madrid 3-1 Napoli

Real Madrid celebrate
Real Madrid have now won 34 of their 39 Champions League games at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid came from a goal down to beat Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The visitors took the lead after Keylor Navas was caught off guard by a superb Lorenzo Insigne strike inside eight minutes.

Karim Benzema headed the equaliser past Pepe Reina from Dani Carvajal's cross 11 minutes later.

Toni Kroos put the hosts ahead early in the second half, before a stunning volley from Casemiro sealed the win.

Napoli will host the second leg on 7 March, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.

Another game without a goal for unselfish Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 34 goals in 38 Champions League knockout games for Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo has now gone 523 minutes without a Champions League goal - his longest drought in the competition at Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old missed a golden opportunity midway through the first half to give Real a 2-1 lead, but he blasted his shot over the bar from 12 yards out.

Ronaldo's performance was far from selfish and he was lively from the off. He created a chance after just 23 seconds with his darting run finding Benzema, who forced a one-handed save from Reina.

Although Ronaldo failed to hit the target during the game, his hard work paid off when he pulled the ball back to Kroos to give the hosts the lead early in the second half.

That makes it five assists in seven Champions League appearances this season - his most in a season in the competition for Real Madrid.

Superb strikes showcase Europe's top talent

Insigne and Casemiro
Lorenzo Insigne and Casemiro both scored stunning goals

Insigne set the standard with his impressive early goal. Marek Hamsik ripped apart the Real defence with the through ball and Insigne made no mistake in converting.

He spotted Navas off his line and curled the opener into the bottom corner from 35 yards out with Napoli's only shot on target in the first half.

But Casemiro stole his thunder with a world-class finish to wrap up the win for Real, leaving Reina with no chance with a long-range volley.

The Brazilian has had 16 attempts in the Champions League, scoring only twice with both goals coming from outside the box.

Carvajal delivered a sumptuous cross with the outside of his boot to tee up Benzema for the equaliser and his 51st goal in Europe.

His powerful header sees him move up to fifth in the competition's all-time leading scorers, overtaking Thierry Henry.

Ronaldo tops the list with 95 goals, followed by Lionel Messi (93), Raul (71) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (56).

What the managers said

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane: "We played a great game - it was a shame about the Napoli goal but we rectified things, scored ourselves and turned the game on its head and I think it was the right result.

"We'll go there to a difficult ground where we'll suffer and it is still an open game. We need to go there and finish it off with our 3-1 advantage."

Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri: "In the second leg we'll try to overturn the situation. We need no mistakes and to create more chances. I still believe we can make it. I'm confident.

"I've told my players not to give up and the same counts for me. We need to be stronger than ever."

Omens are good for Real - the stats you need to know

  • Real Madrid have progressed from each of their last eight Champions League ties in the last 16 or beyond when they've won the first leg.
  • Napoli have been eliminated on each of the previous four occasions they have lost the first leg of a last-16 tie in European competition.
  • Karim Benzema netted in his fourth consecutive Champions League game (five goals), equalling his previous longest streak (2010-11 and 2014-15).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has provided five assists in the Champions League in 2016-17, his most for Real Madrid in a single season of the competition.
  • Real Madrid have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last eight CL games - their longest run since March 2013 (11 games).

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 17minsSubstituted forPepeat 71'minutes
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19ModricBooked at 52mins
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forVázquezat 76'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMorataat 81'minutes
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 3Pepe
  • 6Nacho
  • 13Casilla
  • 16Kovacic
  • 17Vázquez
  • 21Morata
  • 22Isco

Napoli

  • 25Reina
  • 2Hysaj
  • 33Albiol
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 31Ghoulam
  • 20ZielinskiBooked at 38minsSubstituted forMarques Loureiroat 75'minutes
  • 42Diawara
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forMilikat 83'minutes
  • 7Callejón
  • 14MertensBooked at 76mins
  • 24Insigne

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 4Giaccherini
  • 5Marques Loureiro
  • 8Frello Filho
  • 11Maggio
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 99Milik
Referee:
Damir Skomina
Attendance:
78,000

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Napoli 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Napoli 1.

Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli).

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Amadou Diawara (Napoli).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Arkadiusz Milik replaces Marek Hamsik.

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Toni Kroos following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Faouzi Ghoulam.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

Offside, Napoli. Lorenzo Insigne tries a through ball, but José Callejón is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Amadou Diawara.

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by José Callejón (Napoli).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces James Rodríguez.

Booking

Dries Mertens (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Allan (Napoli).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Allan replaces Piotr Zielinski.

Attempt saved. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marek Hamsik with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Pepe replaces Sergio Ramos.

Attempt saved. Dries Mertens (Napoli) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lorenzo Insigne.

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

Raúl Albiol (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by José Callejón.

Attempt missed. Casemiro (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Attempt missed. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Hand ball by Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli).

Attempt missed. Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Real Madrid. Karim Benzema tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dries Mertens (Napoli).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 15th February 2017

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