SPANISH FOOTBALL | SPORTS: UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | REAL MADRID ELIMINATES NAPOLI

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | REAL MADRID ELIMINATES NAPOLI

Real Madrid won 1 - 3 away to Napoli to take the tie 2-6 on aggregate, eliminate the Italian Club & go into the quarter-finals of Champions League. It was not easy as Real Madrid suffered the 1ºst half with Napoli nearly getting ahead overall had the post not intervened.

However, two Sergio Ramos header goals knocked out Napoli while at the same time the physical effort of the first half took the wind out of the locals. A third Morata goal did the rest.


Champions League Football

As mentioned Real Madrid was on the ropes the 1º st half: Napoli took over the midfield & was overrunning the right flank of Real Madrid. It was not long before the Italians found the opening & scored through Mertens in the 23rd min. The locals then hit the post which would have given them a winning tie scoreline. However, Real Madrid held out until the end of the 45 minutes.

The 2º half was a different story. Real Madrid managed two quick goals through their defender Captain Sergio Ramos - 50th & 56th min - which psychologically "killed" off Napoli. Real Madrid brought on some fresh legs: Vasquez, Morata & Isco & took full control as Napoli tired. The third goal came from Morata in the 90th min & sealed things firmly.

End of story. 


Napoli will be disappointed as they tried very hard, but fizzed out. At this level of Football the team needs to be 100%, full time, concentrated & not miss chances. Drop your guard slightly a teams of Real Madrid calibre give knock-out blows. 

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