Real Madrid leads Group C with victory over Naples thanks to Valverde’s goal

Real Madrid leads Group C with victory over Naples thanks to Valverde’s goal. AFP

Real Madrid emerged victorious against Napoli, with Jude Bellingham leading the way in their success in a thrilling Champions League clash.

Napoli initially took the lead in the 19th minute when Leo Ostigard grabbed a rebound, but Real Madrid responded quickly when Vinicius Jr. found the net, courtesy of Bellingham’s assist.

In the second half, Napoli’s determination paid off when Piotr Zielinski converted a penalty awarded after a VAR review. However, the crucial moment came when Federico Valverde’s powerful shot hit the crossbar and deflected off Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret, securing a 3-2 victory for Real Madrid.

This victory propelled Real Madrid to the top of Group C, with six points from their first two games. Napoli, who had an impressive 14-game unbeaten run at home in the Champions League, are in second place, overtaking Braga based on head-to-head results.

Both teams showed their potential to go far in the competition, but Real Madrid’s resilient performance and Bellingham’s brilliance sealed their victory in Naples.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised Bellingham’s extraordinary qualities and stated: “The surprising thing about Bellingham is that he is only 20 years old. He has great quality, a strong personality and character.”

Napoli, under Rudi Garcia, started strong with a high-pressure game plan that forced Real Madrid into costly mistakes. However, their initial intensity faded, allowing Real Madrid to regain control of the match.

Bellingham’s performance was a highlight of the game and demonstrated his exceptional talent. His ability to score in various ways has made him an outstanding player for Real Madrid since his arrival.

The match took place in a city recently rocked by earthquakes, adding to the dramatic atmosphere at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium. Real Madrid’s dominance in the opening exchanges was challenged by Napoli’s spirited play, but in the end, it was Real Madrid who claimed victory with a memorable goal from Valverde.

The encounter between these two European heavyweights lived up to expectations, leaving fans eagerly awaiting more exciting Champions League action in the coming weeks.

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