Real Madrid are through the quarter-finals of the Champions League after beating Napoli (1-3) again at San Paolo. The atmosphere pushed the local team and made Los Blancos suffered. However, Sergio Ramos showed up again and rescue Zidane in a very difficult match. The goal is accomplished.
Zinedine Zidane chose again the BBC in the front and the usual midfield. The only change was in the defensive line because Varane was injured so Pepe had to replace him. Napoli started pressuring very high, as it was expected, looking for Keylor Navas. And the Italian team was doing it very well, arriving with a lot of danger, especially with Mertens.
The Belgian attacker was the most dangerous man, always shooting and trying to score the first goal. In the amazing atmosphere of San Paolo, Mertens helped the supporters with the first goal in the 24th minute. The Italian side was only one goal away from the quarter-finals. Real Madrid had to react and Cristiano Ronaldo could level the game just after the first goal, but the post avoid it when Reina was already beaten. Mertens had also the opportunity to score the second one but he also found the bar.
In the second half Real Madrid reacted. Napoli didn’t arrive in the first minutes with danger. The key play was in the 52nd. Sergio Ramos, again, rescued the team with a great header from a corner kick. Always the captain arrived at the right moment. But it wasn’t the only time. Just five minutes later, again from a corner kick, Sergio Ramos scored with a header. Another comeback in 10 minutes. The tie was over because Napoli needed four goals.
In the last 35 minutes of the game almost nothing happened. Napoli was shocked and they couldn’t even arrive to the goal. Actually, Real Madrid had more chances to put more goals in the scoreboard. Lucas Vázquez, Isco and Morata came in and gave fresh blood to the team, finishing the game next to Reina’s goal. Actually, in the last minute of the game, Morata, former Juventus player and great rival of Napoli, scored the third goal. The champion is still alive. The quarter-finals round awaits.