James lacks the personality for Real Madrid - Rincon

Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos

Napoli who are unbeaten away from home in this year's competition and are arguably playing the best football in Europe right now, are also unbeaten in all competitions since October winning 11 out of 13 games.

Still, Napoli performed well as a whole and aren't in a bad position heading back to the Stadio San Paolo for the second leg in a few weeks. Two of those goals came just minutes into the second half, but the overall performance of both teams was excellent, setting up a huge and important second leg back in Italy.

Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to score in his last 523 minutes of Champions League action, his longest drought in the competition at Real Madrid.

The expected tactical battle between Madrid's former Galactico player Zinedine Zidane and Napoli's self-made coach Maurizio Sarri never really materialised as the La Liga giants' far superior quality and experience ensured that they dominated once overcoming an initial scare. It showed up again when they opened the scoring, with Marek Hamsik and Lorenzo Insigne connecting for a goal like they've probably scored dozens of times in training. The Italians probably would have taken it at 2-1, but the team will have to be more clinical in the second leg to have a chance of advancing.

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Centre-forward Benzema was the Madrid player with most to prove on Wednesday, with Zidane faced with four different questions at Tuesday's news conference from local reporters who prefer local lad Alvaro Morata up front. Casemiro sealed the victory with his perfectly struck volley from outside the area in the 54th, hitting the far corner.

This game nearly guarantees goals as Madrid who are unbeaten in ten UEFA Champions League matches, have scored at least twice in the last six games in the competition.

Dries Mertens spurned a fantastic opportunity on 68 minutes, dragging a shot high and wide from Jose Callejon's close range cutback.

"On the other hand if you don't have courage to face your opponent with determination there is no need to play". He is the Champions League's leading scorer with 95, two more than Messi.

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