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Champions Real Comeback To Sink Brave Napoli

Champions Real Comeback To Sink Brave Napoli

Real Madrid welcomed Napoli to the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night, and saw a fiercely contested first leg of the Champions League round of 16.

Napoli took a surprise lead through Lorenzo Insigne, who was played through by Hamsik, before brazenly whipping the ball around a questionably-positioned Keylor Navas from outside the area.

Real Madrid has won 28 and drawn one of its last 33 home games in the Champions League.

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. Napoli will not take going to Madrid lightly and will play tactical football against the La Liga giants.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has resisted the temptation to rush back a fit-again Gareth Bale their Champions League clash today against an on-form Napoli backed by Diego Maradona.

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"Napoli are a good attacking side and they play with a lot of intensity and speed".

The hosts, meanwhile, boast the top scorer in the history of the competition, and Cristiano Ronaldo is offered at 8/15 (1.53) to continue his impressive run of scoring in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The hosts' prayers were answered after 18 minutes as Benzema headed home from six yards after Carvajal provided a flawless cross.

Just look at how they came out at the first whistle: playing aggressively and confidently, looking to execute their gameplan no matter what Real Madrid did. We know it's 50/50; we have the first game at home tomorrow and we know that we can hurt the other team and that they can cause us problems too.

Napoli are deeper than they were even a year ago, and certainly much deeper than they last time they got into this round in 2012, but they're not quite there yet as a complete team at this level.


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