S.S.C. Napoli vs Real Madrid C.F.

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UEFA Champions League

Round of 16, Second-leg

March 7th

Stadio San Paolo, Napoli, Italy


Aggregate: (2-6)

24′ Mertens

51′ Ramos

57′ Ramos

90’+1′ Morata

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result means that Real Madrid progress into their seventh consecutive Champions League Quarter-final at the expense of Napoli, who bow out despite a spirited display over two legs.

FT: Napoli didn’t create as many chances as they did in the first-half with Rog’s effort that drifted just over the bar the closest they came in the second-half. Had the Neapolitans been more clinical in the first-half they may well have piled the pressure on Madrid, who looked nervous for large spells of the first-half. However Napoli’s poor defending from set-pieces has cost them as Ramos headed home from two corners.

FT: Real Madrid looked a different side to the one in the first-half and created a number of good chances. First Benzema fired an effort just wide into the side-netting before Ramos headed home twice from two separate Kroos corners. Carvajal then went close to a fine solo-goal but he fired over from close-range before Morata fired home Madrid’s third of the night.

FT: So Real Madrid progress into the Quarter-finals after quite a challenging two legs against Napoli.

90’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+1′ Goal!! Ronaldo latches onto a through-ball from Marcelo before firing an effort that Reina palms away into the path of Morata, who fires home the rebound.

90′ There will be two additional minutes.

88′ Diawara is booked for a late challenge on Kroos.

86′ Mertens goes to ground in the area but the referee is unmoved.

82′ Chance!! Carvajal seizes onto a loose clearance from Koulibaly and juggles the ball past two players before firing the ball just over the bar from close-range.

81′ Rog fires an effort over the bar from-range.

79′ Final Real Madrid change sees Isco replace Modrić.

79′ Mertens is penalised for a foul on Carvajal.

78′ The corner is pulled back to Marcelo, but his effort is charged down.

77′ A Marcelo cross finds Ronaldo, who fires an effort that is blocked before Morata wins a corner.

76′ Second Real Madrid change sees Álvaro Morata replace Benzema.

74′ Final Napoli change sees Piotr Zieliński replace Hamšík.

73′ The delivery is unconvincingly punched clear by Navas.

72′ Carvajal concedes a corner.

71′ Vázquez wins a freekick.

69′ Second Napoli change sees Arkadiusz Milik replace Insigne.

67′ First Real Madrid change sees Lucas Vázquez replace Bale.

66′ The corner eventually comes to nothing as Koulibaly is penalised for a foul.

66′ A Diawara pass is deflected behind for a corner.

64′ Chance!! Ghoulam finds Rog, who fires an effort just over the bar under-pressure.

61′ Rog wins a freekick.

59′ Bale is penalised for a foul on Ghoulam.

57′ Goal!! The delivery is met by Ramos, who heads the ball home via a deflection off Mertens.

55′ Ghoulam concedes a corner.

55′ First Napoli change sees Allan replaced by Marko Rog.

54′ Allan is booked for a foul on Casemiro.

53′ The delivery is cleared.

53′ Ghoulam wins a corner.

51′ Goal!! Kroos’ delivery is met by Ramos, who heads home into the far-corner.

50′ Hysaj concedes a corner.

47′ The delivery is cleared.

47′ Ramos concedes a corner.

46′ Close!! Marcelo finds Benzema with a cross-field pass but the Frenchman fires the ball just wide into the side-netting.

45′ Real Madrid get the second-half underway.

HT: So will Napoli find the goal and add to their tally or will Real Madrid hold-on and extend their aggregate lead? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Napoli need one more goal to have the advantage, given their away goal in the first-leg, however they will need to make sure they prevent Real Madrid from scoring. They need to get Mertens and Insigne on the ball as they have caused a number of problems for the Madrid defence. Madrid will be wary of the threat of conceding another and will look in search for a goal to extend their aggregate lead. Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema have to be more clinical in front of goal. They will also need to provide better service for Benzema, who has been quite isolated.

HT: The visitors have been relatively poor by their usual standards much to the credit of the Italian side, who have pressed the Champions and forced them into errors. The Spaniards did create a few good chances with Kroos and Bale testing Reina from-range before Ronaldo was denied by the post after rounding Reina.

HT: The hosts deserve the lead on the night, having created a number of good chances. First Hamšík dragged an effort just wide before Insigne forced Navas into a fine save. Then Mertens scored to reduce the deficit before Insigne tested Navas. Koulibaly also had a good chance but he headed the ball over the bar from a corner before Mertens struck the post. Hamšík then went close on two separate occasions, first firing wide following a swift break before forcing Navas into a good save at the near-post.

HT: So Napoli are ahead at the break on the night, but the Neapolitans still need one more.

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

45′ Play resumes.

44′ The referee halts play as Carvajal is down with an injury and is receiving treatment.

43′ The delivery is punched clear by Reina.

43′ Koulibaly concedes a corner.

42′ Ronaldo wins a freekick.

40′ Chance!! Hamšík is found on the left-flank but his effort from a tight-angle is saved well by Navas.

38′ Chance!! Mertens plays Hamšík through on-goal but Pepe gets back and hurries the midfielder fires an effort wide of the target

37′ So close!! After an Allan pass ricochets into the path of Mertens, the Belgian fires the ball first-time against the post, with Navas beaten.

36′ Insigne wins a freekick.

34′ Chance!! The delivery is met by Koulibaly, who has a free header, but he heads the ball harmlessly over the bar.

33′ Pepe concedes a corner.

31′ Modrić wins a freekick after a foul from Allan.

29′ Casemiro fires an effort harmlessly over the bar from-range.

28′ So close!! Benzema finds Ronaldo, who rounds Reina before striking the ball against the post from a tight-angle.

27′ Close!! Insigne exchanges passes with Mertens before firing a tame effort that Navas saves comfortably.

24′ Goal!! Hamšík finds Mertens first-time and the Belgian fires home past Navas into the far-corner.

20′ Kroos is penalised for a foul on Allan, although the German slipped.

17′ Chance!! Casemiro wonderfully finds Bale, who controls the ball well before firing an effort that Reina saves well, although the Welshman had Benzema in support.

16′ Mertens is penalised for a foul.

15′ Hamšík drags an effort wide of the target from-range.

14′ Close!! Koulibaly loses possession to Modrić, who finds Bale, whose cross is met by Kroos on the volley, but Reina makes a routine-save.

13′ The corner comes to nothing as Pepe is fouled by Albiol.

13′ Close!! Insigne fires an effort that Navas is forced to tip behind.

10′ Ronaldo is caught offside.

8′ Allan is penalised for a high foot on Ronaldo.

7′ Close!! Hamšík fires an effort just wide from-range.

7′ The delivery is cleared.

6′ Ghoulam’s delivery is punched behind by Navas at the near-post.

6′ Pepe concedes a corner.

4′ Mertens is caught offside.

2′ A teasing Ghoulam delivery just evades Hamšík.

1′ The corner is eventually dealt with by the visitors.

0′ Mertens fires an effort that deflects over the bar for a corner.

0′ Napoli get the game underway.

Team news:

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

Real Madric C.F.: Keylor Navas (GK), Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Dani Carvajal, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modrić, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema


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