Real Madrid - Napoli

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0-1 Insigne | 1-1 Benzema | 2-1 Kroos | 3-1 Casemiro

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FT | Real Madrid turn things around at the Santiago Bernabeu, winning 3-1 against Napoli after going behind early on to an Insigne goal. Benzema equalised, before Kroos and Casemiro capped a dominant second-half performance, leaving Zidane's men in the perfect situation to head to Naples in the second leg.

'90+1 | Kroos loses out to Diawara in the middle of midfield, but Varane mops up easily. Mertens is then the target of a long, looping ball into the Real Madrid penalty area, but Navas races out to make an easy catch. Zidane's men are still looking for a fourth whenever possible.

'88 | Marcelo curls a good cross in towards the back post, but Koulibaly heads away nicely. Real Madrid are taking advantage of the fact that Napoli are desperately leaving bodies forward in search of a second away goal. Ronaldo is the target of a quick throughball forward, but Albiol intercepts.

'83 | Offside! Diawara curls a great cross towards the back post from the right, which enables Insigne to set back a square ball to the opposite upright. Callejon dives in and applies a close-range finish, but the linesman's flag was rightfully raised.

'80 | Callejon tries to race away on the break for the away side, but Casemiro covers across to commit a foul and halt Napoli's progress. Real Madrid are happy to sit a little bit deeper in these late stages, with Sarri's men holding onto possession and trying to find what could be a vital second goal.

'74 | Kroos plays a lovely disguided pass in behind the Napoli back four, but Reina is alive to the danger and makes a smart save to deny James a goal from a tight angle. The away side threaten down the left once again, but a cross from Hamsik loops straight out of play.

'67 | Casemiro shoots from range once again, after appearing to get a taste for goals, but the Brazilian midfielder drags his effort considerably wide of the right-hand post. Zidane's men are having all of the half chances and more of the ball since the restart. Diawara lifts a great ball over to the right for Callejon, who cushions a pass inside to Mertens. The Belgian shoots over the bar from 10 yards out!

'60 | Insigne clips a pass over the top for Mertens to chase, and the Belgium international does brilliantly to bring the ball down and juggle it over Ramos. The Spanish defender gets back goalside nicely, and is fouled by the Napoli forward as he attempts to wriggle the wrong side of the Real Madrid captain for the second time.

'54 | GOAL! | Real Madrid – Napoli 3-1. Casemiro! What a hit from Casemiro! The ball sits up nicely for the Brazilian midfielder on the edge of the area, and he dips home a scandalous half volley. Reina had absolutely no hope of saving that. The dip and swerve were sensational and he caught it perfectly.

'49 | GOAL! | Real Madrid – Napoli 2-1. Kroos! Kroos makes it 2-1! Ronaldo is continuing out on the right flank for the moment, and beats Koulibaly beautifully. The Portuguese wide man cuts back a cross from the byline, which allows for Kroos to sweep home a lovely finish. Reina didn't even move.

'46 | We are back underway in the second half!

HT | That's the end of a breathless first half at the Bernabeu. Insigne opened the scoring with an inspired effort that caught out Navas, before Benzema equalised to help Real Madrid into a resurgence. It's 1-1 and everything is still to play for - what a game we have on our hands here.

'43 | Wide from Benzema! Ronaldo races down the right-hand side and whips a great cross in towards his strike partner, but the Frenchman can't apply a finishing touch. Hysaj pressures the Real Madrid forward and Reina gets in his face, forcing him to curl a rushed effort just shy of the post with the aid of a deflection. The resulting corner is eventually gathered by the goalkeeper.

'35 | Modric tries to slide a pass into Carvajal, but Diawara does well to push himself between the Real Madrid right-back and Napoli's own byline. It isn't quite clicking for the hosts in the final third, but they have managed to disrupt the Partenopei's blistering early tempo.

'29 | Wide from Modric! Marcelo receives a short free-kick and works the ball out to the Croatia international on the edge of the box, but his shot is charged down by Albiol well. The resulting corner is bent in by Kroos, but the away side clear their lines easily.

'23 | After a frantic first 20 minutes, Napoli appear happy for this one to slow down and settle slightly. Their counters are still frighteningly vertical, but that Benzema goal has shown what can happen if Albiol is a little too isolated. Real Madrid have certainly met their match here.

'18 | GOAL! | Real Madrid – Napoli 1-1. Benzema! Benzema makes it 1-1! What a cross from Carvajal. The France international is picked out at the back post and thumps home a wonderful header. That is a vital equalising goal.

'8 | GOAL! | Real Madrid – Napoli 0-1. Insigne! Insigne makes it 1-0! Napoli moving the ball forward nicely, with Insigne spotting Navas off his line. Rather than lobbing the ball, the Italy international curls a gorgeous finish into the bottom-right corner! Napoli lead.

'3 | Good stop from Reina! Benzema is picked out by a cross from the left-hand side, with the Frenchman mustering up a powerful effort with his left foot. The Napoli goalkeeper beats the effort away with a strong hand! Moments later, the ex-Lyon striker crosses from the byline, but his lofted ball sails over the danger zone.

KICK-OFF | We're off!

XI Real Madrid | Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; James, Benzema, Ronaldo. 

XI Napoli | Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Zielinski, Diawara, Hamsik; Callejón, Mertens, Insigne.