Real Madrid shrugged off conceding an early away goal to take a huge step towards a seventh straight Champions League quarter-final as goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro sealed a 3-1 win over Napoli on Wednesday. We do feel regretful, because over the course of the game we went close to a second goal. "It was a shame about the Napoli goal, but we recovered, scored ourselves and turned the game around".
The Partenopei often play sumptuous football under the mentoring of Maurizio Sarri but the Italian side were not as effective or as assured as they usually would be when they faced Real Madrid in Spain on Wednesday evening.
The second leg is at the Stadio San Paolo on March 7.
"It was a great night and all of us put in a great performance", said the striker, who had gone over a month since his last goal.
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La Liga leaders Real were riding high as they set a Spanish record 40-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.
In fact, Maradona also gave a pep talk to Napoli players, a club where he spent seven years during his playing career (1984 -1991) in the dressing room ahead of the encounter.
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Karim Benzema struck back for Real Madrid though, heading home after a ideal cross from Dani Carvajal to make it 1-1 in the 18th.
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Having started the 2016-17 season outside the top 10 on 46 goals, Benzema has overtaken the likes of Eusebio and Alfredo di Stefano by scoring five times in his last four games.
"We are Real Madrid and it has never happened, but we think we can be the first team to defend the title", added the Croatian.
Diego Maradona was left baffled by media reports of an alleged disturbance involving him and his girlfriend and said the police were not contacted.
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