Casemiro Unleashes Wonder Strike To Help Real Madrid Put Away Napoli

Sergio Ramos thanked Real Madrid fans for their support with this post on Monday

Holders Real, who are chasing a 12th European title, will travel to Naples for the return leg on March 7.

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

Real Madrid had a super chance to take the lead inside the opening 20 seconds when Ronaldo set up Benzema - which was a feature of the first period - with a low cross inside the Napoli box, but the French striker could not beat Pepe Reina in the Napoli net.

But Insigne had other ideas and he put Napoli in front when he raced onto a flawless threaded through-ball by Marek Hamsik before spotting goalkeeper Keylor Navas way off his line and stroking a low bouncing effort into the net from fully 35 yards.

However, Real were level 10 minutes later as Karim Benzema head home Dani Carvajal's cross from the right flank for his 51st Champions League goal.




Ronaldo had a glorious chance to send Real Madrid 2-1 ahead in the 28th minute after being played through by Luka Modric, but the number seven somehow blazed over the crossbar as Napoli survived another unsafe moment.

Wow. That's just an unbelievably ideal shot from a guy who has totaled just three goals for Real since 2013.

Napoli, the top scorers in Serie A, grabbed an early goal when Lorenzo Insigne spotted Real keeper Keylor Navas out of position to curl the ball home from distance.

The substitution is likely just a precautionary measure from Zidane as it appeared the defender was in no serious trouble when he exited the field of play.

Hamsik could have made Real pay five minutes later but he fired just wide with a good chance from an Insigne cross.

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