MNA Sports Desk: Casemiro’s stunning volley has crowned a superb display from Real Madrid, who have fought back to beat Napoli 3-1 at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.
Napoli, the top scorers in Serie A, grabbed an early goal when Lorenzo Insigne spotted keeper Keylor Navas out of position to curl the ball home from distance, but when Real clicked into gear they created chances at will.
Holders Real, who are chasing a 12th European title and eyeing a seventh straight quarter-final appearance, will travel to Naples for the return leg on March 7.
“We’ll go there to a difficult ground where we’ll suffer and it’s still an open game,” Real coach Zinedine Zidane told reporters.
“We need to go there and finish it off with our 3-1 advantage.”
Real were defending an enviable home record in the Champions League, having gone 11 games undefeated at the Bernabeu, but were facing a Napoli side in form, unbeaten in their last 18 matches in all competitions.
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri lamented his side’s slackness in possession, but believes they still have a chance back at the San Paolo given it had taken what he considered Real’s best performance in three months to beat them.
“Clearly Madrid played their best game of the past three months and we didn’t play our best,” said Sarri.