Napoli's Insigne stuns Real Madrid early, Benzema equalizes

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Two goals in five second-half minutes helped Real Madrid come from behind to beat Napoli 3-1 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 clash at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Real Madrid went down 1-0 after Lorenzo Insigne's stunning strike just eight minutes in caught Keylor Navas sleeping.

In the last act of a richly entertaining first half, it was Real who nearly grabbed the advantage when Benzema's shot beat Reina but struck the base of the post, before Raphael Varane flashed a header wide from the resulting corner.

Karim Benzema levelled the scores before half time and the holders carried the momentum into the second half as Toni Kroos and Casemiro added further goals to strengthen their grip on a place in the quarter-finals.

The German midfielder was beautifully picked out by Cristiano Ronaldo, whose cutback from the byline enabled Kroos to sidefoot home from the edge of the box.


He will get the chance to get back to scoring ways when Madrid visit Maurizio Sarri's men for the return fixture on 7 March.

Real will feel good about this result, but that away goal means Napoli still has life.

Faouzi Ghoulam curled a free kick over Navas's crossbar just past the hour as Napoli looked to hit back, and the visitors were helped by some lacklustre defending from Zidane's team, who appeared to take their foot off the gas in the period that followed their third goal.

Insigne stunned Real Madrid early on with a heads-up play.

It was the second goal, which gave Real its first lead of the match.

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