Champions League Results 2017: Qualified Teams After Tuesday's Round-of-16 Ties

08 March, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Real Madrid’s defensive woes have compounded recently

Madrid appeared to have weathered the early storm and Gareth Bale threatened but the Spanish side was undone by a moment of brilliance from Napoli. The angle was tough, and he had a lot to focus on with the keeper and defender right on top of him.

That win, 2-0 away at AS Roma previous year in the same stage of the Champions League, was the first in the country since December 8, 2004 - a 3-0 win over Roma in the group stage.

Napoli Lineup: Pepe Reina; Elseid Hysaj, Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Faouzi Ghoulam; Allan, Amadou Diawara, Hamsik; Jose Callejón, Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne.

Sergio Ramos netted a brace to inspire Real Madrid to a 3-1 win over Napoli to advance to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.

The second leg of this Champions League fixture will be broadcast on FS2.

The club even opened the Stadio San Paolo three hours before kick-off to get the home fans in to create an atmosphere.

"They're the favourites but we can make life hard for them", said Sarri, who led Napoli to the Serie A runners-up spot behind Juventus last season.

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Napoli saw late claims for a penalty waved away when Mertens tumbled in the box and suffered more woe in the first minute of added-on time when ex-Juventus striker Alvaro Morata came off the bench to hit their third for a 6-2 aggregate score.

Zinedine Zidane would have demanded a response from his squad after half-time and they looked to deliver immediately.

Maurizio Sarri: "I don't think we played so badly [in the first leg], I just think we could have done better when we had the ball".

"If we start as motivated in every game, with the quality we have, it is nearly impossible for us to lose", the Brazilian told BeIN Sports.

Well, as the Copa del Rey and La Liga has proven, Real Madrid aren't unbeatable. "For us it is important to play our own game, and play our football and try to win the game".

"We have to believe we can hurt them".

But goals by Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Brazilian midfielder Casemiro offered a stark reminder of Real's European pedigree. "We have changed and returned to being Real Madrid again and we will go to Napoli stronger".

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