Real Madrid C.F. vs S.S.C. Napoli

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UEFA Champions League

Round of 16, First-leg

February 15th

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain


8′ Insigne

18′ Benzema

49′ Kroos

54′ Casemiro

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FT: The result means that Real Madrid will go into the second-leg with a two-goal margin, however thanks to Insigne’s away goal, should Napoli score two goals in the second-leg and prevent Madrid from scoring, they will progress into the Quarter-finals instead.

FT: Since going behind Napoli created a number of good chances and went close when Ghoulam curled a freekick just wide before Mertens blazed the ball over the bar from close-range after a fine cut-back from Callejón. The Neapolitans also had a goal disallowed when Callejón tapped home from an offside position but their away goal give them a lifeline for the second-leg.

FT: Madrid were quicker out of the blocks in the second-half and took the lead through a fine finish from Kroos after good work from Ronaldo. Marcelo then fired an effort just over the bar before Casemiro spectacularly volleyed home Madrid’s third of the night. Ronaldo then spurned a great chance firing the ball over the bar after good play from Benzema before Casemiro curled an effort just wide. Rodríguez was then denied by a fine smothering-save by Reina after a fine pass from Kroos before Modrić fired an effort just over the bar. Marcelo then drilled the ball across the face of goal expecting substitute Morata to tap the ball in but the Spaniard wasn’t on the same wave-length.

FT: So Real Madrid take a 3-1 result to the San Paolo.

90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the First-leg of the Round of 16 to an end.

90′ There will be three additional minutes.

85′ Diawara is penalised for a foul on Modrić.

84′ Chance!! Morata pulls the ball back to Ronaldo, who tees up Marcelo, whose pass across the face of goal drifts wide with Morata not on the same wave-length.

83′ Second Napoli change sees Hamšík replaced by Arkadiusz Milik.

82′ Close!! The corner is pulled back to Modrić, who curls the ball just over the bar.

82′ Carvajal wins a corner.

81′ Final Madrid change sees Benzema replaced by Álvaro Morata.

80′ Disallowed goal!! A fine cross-field pass from Diawara is headed back across the face of goal by Insigne into the path of Callejón, who taps home at the back-post but the flag is up to deny the former Los Blancos winger.

78′ A Mertens strike is deflected but Navas does well to prevent the corner.

78′ Casemiro is penalised for a foul on Callejón.

76′ Kroos wins a freekick.

75′ Second Madrid change sees Rodríguez replaced by Lucas Vázquez.

75′ Mertens is booked for a late challenge on Casemiro.

74′ First Napoli change sees Allan replace Zieliński.

72′ Chance!! Kroos wonderfully finds Rodríguez with a fine pass but the Colombian’s effort is smothered well by Reina.

72′ Insigne fires an effort wide from-range.

70′ First Real Madrid change sees Ramos replaced by Pepe.

69′ Chance!! Insigne plays Mertens through on-goal but his effort is smothered by Navas.

67′ Chance!! A lofted cross-field-pass from Diawara is pulled back to Mertens by Callejón but the Belgian somehow fires the ball over the bar from close-range.

66′ Close!! Casemiro curls an effort just wide from-range.

65′ Chance!! Benzema cuts-inside to pull the ball back to Ronaldo, who fires the ball over the bar.

63′ After a Ronaldo cross is headed clear by Koulibaly, the loose ball falls to Marcelo, who slices the ball wide.

61′ Close!! Ghoulam curls the freekick just wide but Navas looked to have it covered.

60′ Callejón wins a freekick in a good position.

59′ Ronaldo is caught offside.

58′ Mertens wins a feeekick.

56′ Insigne overhits a pass towards Callejón.

55′ The corner is taken short to Ghoulam, whose delivery is overhit.

55′ Mertens wins a corner.

54′ Goal!! After a pass towards Rodríguez is intercepted the loose ball falls to Casemiro, who spectacularly volleys home from-range.

53′ Close!! The corner is worked to Marcelo, who fires an effort just over the bar.

52′ Modrić wins a corner after his cross is blocked by Koulibaly.

51′ Modrić is booked for a late challenge on Hamšík.

49′ Goal!! Ronaldo beats Koulibaly to the by-line and pulls the ball back to Kroos, who curls the ball home past Reina.

46′ Marcelo is penalised for a foul on Callejón.

45′ Napoli get the second-half underway.

HT: So will it be Real Madrid who gets the next goal or will the visitors get another precious away-goal to take to the San Paolo? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Napoli will be the happier side at the break and will possibly need another goal to take back to the San Paolo but they will also need to defend better than they have done in the first 45 minutes. More clinical finishing from the rare chances they create may get earn a shock result. Madrid will need to find another goal as Napoli have the away-goal-advantage. More clinical finishing from them, could have put this tie to bed already.

HT: Real Madrid should have taken the lead within the first 20 seconds but Reina made a fine save to deny Benzema at his near-post. Then Benzema twice headed off-target, first from a Ronaldo cross and then from a Rodríguez cross before heading home from a fine cross by Carvajal. Ronald then spurned a great chance when he blazed the ball over the bar before Benzema was wasteful from close-range: hitting the post when he should have scored after a fine pass from Ronaldo. Varane then miscued a header from the resulting-corner.

HT: The hosts initially started well but Insigne’s audacious effort gave the Neapolitans a surprise lead and a precious away goal. The Italian side have got into some promising positions but their final pass has let them down on a few occasions. Their opening goal was rather fortunate due to an error from Navas, who was caught in no-man’s land, but Insigne capitalised. Other than the goal, their only other chance was when Insigne found Hamšík but he fired wide.

HT: So we’re level at the break with nothing to separate the two sides.

45′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ Ronaldo back-heels the ball to Marcelo, who fires an effort just wide.

42′ Chance!! The delivery is met by Varane but he miscues his effort and the ball drops kindly to Reina.

41′ So close!! Ronaldo wonderfully finds Benzema with a through-ball and the Frenchman just has Reina to beat but he fires the ball inches wide off the post, although the referee awards a corner.

39′ Rodríguez is caught offside.

38′ The corner is dealt with by the visitors.

38′ Modrić fires an effort that deflects wide for a corner.

37′ Zieliński is booked for a late challenge on Casemiro although the Polish midfielder took the ball.

36′ Napoli win possession in Madrid’s half before Callejón’s cross is calmly dealt with by Carvajal.

31′ Chance!! Insigne finds Hamšík, who fires an effort just wide.

30′ Close!! The delivery is worked well to Modrić, whose effort deflects just wide for a corner.

29′ The delivery from Rodríguez is cleared before Casemiro wins another freekick.

28′ Koulibaly is penalised for a foul on Ronaldo.

27′ Chance!! Ronaldo is played through on-goal by Modrić and has just Reina to beat, but the forward blazes the ball over the bar from close-range.

25′ Kroos just overhits a pass towards Rodríguez and Reina claims the ball.

20′ Mertens is penalised for a foul.

18′ Goal!! A fantastic cross from the outside of the foot by Carvajal is met by Benzema, who heads home.

16′ Ramos is booked for a late challenge on Diawara.

14′ Ghoulam wins a freekick.

12′ Chance!! Rodríguez finds Benzema with a cross but he can only head over the bar.

11′ Chance!! Ronaldo does well to control a cross-field pass from Marcelo and find Benzema with a cross but the Frenchman can only head wide.

8′ Goal!! Hamšík finds Insigne, who spots Navas off his line and curls home first-time, past the Costa-Rican from-range.

6′ Callejón flashes a cross the face of goal but no-one in a Napoli shirt can get onto it.

5′ Ronaldo finds Marcelo but he fires an effort harmlessly wide from-range.

3′ Mertens sends in a teasing delivery but Navas collects the ball.

1′ Benzema is caught offside.

0′ Chance!! Ronaldo gets to the byline and pulls the ball back to Benzema, who fires an effort that forces Reina into a good save at his near-post with the keeper palming the effort away.

0′ Real Madrid get the game underway.

Team news:

Real Madrid C.F.: Keylor Navas (GK), Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphaël Varane, Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modrić, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, James Rodríguez

S.S.C. Napoli: Pepe Reina (GK), Faouzi Ghoulam, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raúl Albiol, Elseid Hysaj, Marek Hamšík, Amadou Diawara, Piotr Zieliński, Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens, José Callejón


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