Champions League: Bayern Munich thump Arsenal, Real Madrid too good for Napoli

Our first instinct was to blame Keylor Navas for Lorenzo Insigne's eighth-minute opener for Napoli in their round of 16 match with Real Madrid, but this is a sensationally instinctive finish from Insigne.

There was hardly time to take a breath in the opening five minutes of action as Real Madrid continued to force the issue, but Napoli were a danger when they had the chance to counter through Callejon, Dries Mertens and Insigne.

Madrid showed their attacking intent inside the first minute, Benzema stinging the right hand of Reina after he had been teed up by Ronaldo.

Real Madrid has won 28 and drawn one of its last 33 home games in the Champions League.

Wow. That's just an unbelievably flawless shot from a guy who has totaled just three goals for Real since 2013. Napoli lost 3-1 on aggregate.

It was a attractive response for Napoli and one that will be treasured for a long time. Real Madrid countered in devastating fashion, with Toni Kroos sweeping home from Ronaldo's excellent layoff.




Maurizio Sarri and his Napoli team can take heart from the fact that Madrid do tend to struggle against Italian sides.

Ramos is now 12th on the all-time Madrid appearances list, closing in on former teammates Roberto Carlos who is 11th on 527 and Guti who is 10th with 542, with quite a way to go to catch Raul Gonzalez who heads the list with 741 games.

Watch as Casemiro makes it 3-1 in favour of Madrid, with an inch-perfect volley that was destined for the back of the net. "It's a shame about the result, but there's another let and we will fight to the end".

Mertens leads the betting for Napoli along with Arkadiusz Milik, and the Polish striker, who is returning from a serious injury, is offered at the same price.

The hosts, meanwhile, boast the top scorer in the history of the competition, and Cristiano Ronaldo is offered at 8/15 (1.53) to continue his impressive run of scoring in the last 16 of the Champions League.

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