Real Madrid vs. Napoli live stream
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 0:59
Real Madrid have a good chance of qualifying for the quarter finals of the Champions League after beating Napoli 3 - 1 at the Bernabeu.
The Brazilian midfielder thundered a spectacular effort into the net early in the second half to complete Real's comeback, adding to efforts either side of halftime from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos.
Alexis Sanchez equalised for the visitors, scoring on the rebound after Manuel Neuer saved his 30th-minute penalty, but that seems of little outcome now before the second leg in London on March 7. Insigne looked like he was going to pick the ball up and run at goal with it - but instead shot it first-time, having caught Keylor Navas drifting out of goal.
Real Madrid had a chance to level in the 12th minute when Ronaldo again found Benzema inside the Napoli box, but the striker's header was away from goal as the visitors survived a risky moment.
Gareth Bale will not return for Real Madrid as they host Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.
By contrast, Real are in the knockout stages for the 20th straight season and it was the home fans who almost had something to cheer inside 30 seconds as Benzema's shot from close range was parried by Pepe Reina. The Champions League's all-time leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo looms as well for Real Madrid, while Napoli counters with Serie A's most potent attack, led by Marek Hamsik, Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens. It was soon 3-1 when Casemiro smashed a 25-yard volley across a helpless Pepe Reina and into the far corner.
It was a handsome response for Napoli and one that will be treasured for a long time.
Maurizio Sarri and his Napoli team can take heart from the fact that Madrid do tend to struggle against Italian sides.
"At the same time, the number four is one that I have always liked and that I have worn throughout all of my time at Real Madrid".
Maradona played for Napoli the last time the club met Real in the European Cup in 1987. The result? Two goals in the first ten minutes of the half to blow the match wide open.
Napoli had a goal disallowed for offside in the 80th.