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Napoli 2-3 Real Madrid: Bellingham star of show as Valverde rocket secures win

Napoli 2-3 Real Madrid

Jude Bellingham further enhanced his status as Real Madrid’s star player, scoring and assisting as they beat Italian champions Napoli at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in the Champions League.

The England midfielder carried the ball from 40 yards out, charged deep into Napoli’s defensive third, and then proceeded to weave his way through their backline before curling a shot cutely into the bottom right corner to give his side a 2-1 lead at half-time.

Defender Leo Ostigard had earlier put Napoli in front in the 19th minute, reacting quickest to head in after Natan’s effort came back off the crossbar, but Vinicius Jr leveled for Real when he was played through on goal by Bellingham.

Napoli came out with intent in the second period and their hard work was rewarded when Piotr Zielinski equalized from the penalty spot.

Referee Clement Turpin did not initially give the penalty when Victor Osimhen’s shot was blocked by Nacho Fernandez but, following a video assistant referee check, the French official was told to take another look on the pitch side monitor and he overturned his decision.

Real grabbed the winner with just over 10 minutes left when Federico Valverde’s thunderbolt of a shot cannoned off the crossbar and went in via the back of goalkeeper Alex Meret.

Match Events

6′ Rodrygo’s shot stopped

12′ Tchouameni’s header over the bar

19′ GOAL! Napoli 1-0 Real Madrid (Leo Østigård)

27′ GOAL! Napoli 1-1 Real Madrid (Vinicius)

34′ GOAL! Napoli 1-2 Real Madrid (Jude Bellingham)

45′ Yellow Card! Natan booked

54′ Penalty Goal! Napoli 2-2 Real Madrid (Zielinski)

78′ OWN GOAL! Napoli 2-3 Real Madrid (Meret)


Napoli XI: Zielinski, Di Lorenzo, Lobotka, Politano, Meret, Anguissa, M.Olivera, Osimhen, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Leo Østigård, Natan

Subs: Mario Rui, G.Simeone, Nikita Contini, Elmas, Jens Cajuste, Giacomo Raspadori, Alessio Zerbin, Alessandro Zanoli, Gaetano, Jesper Lindstrøm, Hubert Idasiak, Luigi D’Avino

Real Madrid XI: Kroos, Nacho, Carvajal, Rudiger, Kepa, Valverde, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Eduardo Camavinga, Jude Bellingham

Subs: Modric, Joselu, Vazquez, F Mendy, Ceballos, Brahim, Andriy Lunin, Fran García, Álvaro Carrillo, Lucas Cañizares