Real Madrid C.F. shrugged off conceding an early away goal to take a huge step towards a seventh straight UEFA Champions League quarter-final as goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro sealed a 3-1 win over S.S.C Napoli on Wednesday.
Goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro gave the holders an important advantage to take back to Italy after Lorenzo Insigne’s sensational opening goal had put Napoli ahead.
Zinedine Zidane had urged his side to keep a clean sheet to give them the best possible chance of going through, but those hopes were dashed after only eight minutes when Insigne embarrassed goalkeeper Keylor Navas with a stunning first-time effort from distance.
Lorenzo Insigne’s stunning 40-yard strike had the travelling hordes in dream land after just eight minutes of the last 16 first leg.
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“We played a great game, above all at the start,” said Real Madrid C.F. boss Zinedine Zidane.
“The shame was to concede given the start we made, but we equalised quickly to get back in the game and in the end it is a logical result.”
However, Benzema soon headed home an equaliser before Kroos and Casemiro fired home from outside the box early in the second half to give the holders a commanding lead ahead of the second leg on March 7.