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Real Madrid sealed the Leadership of Group C in the 2023-2024 Champions League, after defeated (4-2) Naples Italian with goals Rodrygo went, Jude Bellingham, who was injured in the ankle; the young player Nico Paz and Joseluafter Walter Mazzarri’s men equalized with goals from Gio Simeone and Anguissa.

Loss the whites must return in just 10 minutes the first goal of the son of ‘Cholo’, in the first half of the 14-time European champion from little to more. A plugged in appears Rodrygo more comfortable on the left, to score a great goal into the top corner – he entered the Real Madrid ‘top 10′ of the European Cup with 18 goals -. Bellingham rocked the Bernabéu with a 2-1, became the only player in Real Madrid history to score in the first four Champions League games.

Doubts came with the Italians’ draw, but Real Madrid was a storm in the last part and managed to end the victory and the continental leadership, with 15/15 points, thanks to the goal of the young Nico Paz, with a long shot, and Joselu, who retaliated after five previous times sent him to limbo. The Italians, very weak in defense, left Madrid without a prize and continued in second place with 7 points.

The rhythm of first minutes slow, although this is just the calm before the storm. In a seemingly innocuous game, Kvaratskhelia took the ball to the left corner of the big area, from where he placed a scepter with music at the far post and Gio Simeone, after dropping Politano, finished with small place where Lunin sank. The Ukrainian goalkeeper rejected the ball, but when it was inside, to make it 0-1 and to leave the Bernabéu frozen.

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But the Real Madrid’s response was unbeatable, and just a minute later, in a counterattack almost after the central kick, Brahim Díaz recovered in the opposite field and started a gallop. He quickly served Rodrygo who was already inside the area, and after a good cut, he hit the right foot in the corner, impossible for a Meret to make the statue.

The whites shook off their tiredness in the tie and went crazy, in a couple of blows, with Rodrygo as the protagonist, without success. Napoli tried to stop the game with high possessions, but fluidity and precision are not allies of the Italians. And with another piece of wisdom, the whites returned the score in just ten minutes.

The so far has been questioned Alaba A pass more than 30 meters was taken from his hat over the big unmarker behind Bellingham, who with a subtle header crossed the ball in front of Meret so that ‘Hey Jude’ sounded again in the Bernabéu for the fifteenth time this season. However, a few minutes later, he left Madrid in trouble when he injured his ankle.

Despite the 2-1 scoreline, Real Madrid continued its plan to dominate an injured Naples. And from the boots of Rodrygo, with a dream dribble, another great chance was born, but Brahim’s shot was near the post. The Spanish-Moroccan had Ancelotti’s last men before the break, without two fears from the Italians, who went to the locker room from behind in a fair way.

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REAL MADRID’S INTENSITY WAS LOW AFTER THE BREAK

In a start similar to the first part overconfidence hurt Real Madrid, who suffered a defensive error by, as Anguissa finished well after a rebound and almost inside the area without opposition to make it 2-2. A ‘damn’ inappropriate for Ancelotti’s men, who were warned again by the Italians for a poorly managed attack by Kvaratskhelia after Ceballos lost an inexplicable ball.

The game entered a space of uncertainty and give and take where the Italians found themselves more comfortable, also benefiting from the worrying discontinuity of the white defense. Ancelotti put Joseluby a tired Ceballos and not a Bellingham hit, and the Galician had 3-2 in his boots, when he only had to push a scary delivery from Mendy but the auction went through the roof.

As the minutes passed, Real Madrid suffered from a lack of fuel, in a clear decrease in intensity and energy that gave wings to Naples, who celebrated Osimhen’s 2-3 with a little shot in place, even if it didn’t go up. offside.

Like the whites, the game is also cooled, with Naples having few ideas. But everyone was on fire with a possible penalty on Mendy, run by Di Lorenzo, who was not pointed by Letexier, and then there was a double chance, from bicycle kicks, for a Real Madrid that was breathing. It freed the meringues, who had the clearest shot on the head of an errant Joselu, after Meret stopped Bellingham’s shot from below, taking advantage of a good delivery from Carvajal.

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Ancelotti’s men were a steamroller, with 10 players in the opposing field, and in the tenth attempt came the relief of Madrid. The youth squad Nico Paz, who entered because of a headdress Brahim, cut in on the right side and lined up for his good leg, shooting with power and plenty of intention to make it 3-2 and put the Santiago Bernabéu back. The victory was sealed by a released Joselu with the fourth goal, with an assist from Bellingham.

REAL MADRID 4: Lunar; Carvajal, Rüdiger, Alaba, Mendy (Nacho, min.87); Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos (Joselu, min.57), Bellingham; Brahim (Nico Paz, min.65) and Rodrygo (Lucas Vázquez, min.87).
NAPLES 2: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Nathan, John Jesus (Zanoli, min.87); Anguissa, Lobotka (Raspadori, min.87), Zielinski (Elmas, min.65); Politano (Cajuste, 77 minutes), Simeone (Osimhen, 46 minutes) and Kvaratskhelia.
OBJECTIVES: 0-1, min. 10: Gio Simeone. 1-1, min. 11: Rodrygo went. 2-1, min. 22: Jude Bellingham. 2-2, min. 48: Andre-Frank Anguissa. 3-2, min. 84: Nico Paz. 4-2, min. 94: Joselu.
REFEREE: François Letexier (FRA). He warned Zielinski (min.49) and Ctrabajo (min.90) in Naples.
FURLONG: Santiago Bernabéu, 83,186 spectators.