Napoli and Real Madrid are favourites to top this group and this match showed exactly why. Real Madrid was able to beat Napoli 3-2 at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Naples. The match was as competitive as the scoreline suggests. It had everything in it, amazing goals, costly mistakes and controversial penalty.
Date: 3 October, 2023 (Tuesday)
Venue: Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, Naples, Italy
Time: 12:30 am (IST)
Live streaming: Sony Network
Substitutes: Contini, Idasiak, D'Avino, Mario Rui, Zanoli, Cajuste, Elmas, Gaetano, Lindstrom, Raspadori, Simeone, Zerbin
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
Substitutes: 13 Lunn, 31 Canizares, 10 Modric, 14 Joselu, 17 Lucas V. 19 D. Ceballos, 20. Fran Garcia, 21 Brahim, 23 F. Mendy, 34 Carrillo
First Half Begins!
Napoli have started in the light blue and Real Madrid are in dark, we're underway at Naples.
04'| Good start by Napoli
Napoli have started well with all of their attacking players venturing forward in the Madrid penalty box.
06'| First chance for Real Madrid
Rodrygo found himself behind the defence through Bellingham's pass but couldn't put the ball in the net as his effort was saved by the goalkeeper.
09'| Corner for Real Madrid
Another attempt by Rodrygo as he tried to fire one in from the edge of the box but it was deflected behind for a corner.
11'| Bellingham takes aim
Bellingham tried to hit a volley from a tight angle but have to just suffice with a corner.
12'| Tchouameni's header goes over
Tchouameni failed to keep his header on target following a corner but it was a good chance to give Madrid the lead.
15'| Great cross by Kross
Kross tried to find Carvajal with one of his diagonal balls but the right back just over ran his ran and was caught Offside.
18'| Good pressure by Napoli
Napoli are coming forward with great intent and the home team is enjoying a nice spell.
19'| Napoli lead first!
Ostigard gave Napoli the lead through a powerful header but it was all triggered by Kepa's mistake of not getting to the ball from a corner properly in the first place. It's 1-0 to Napoli.
23'| Corner for Real Madrid
Madrid are looking to respond immediately after going down under 20 minutes and have earned a corner.
27'| Vini equalises for Real Madrid!
Vinicius Junior have managed to gey Real Madrid back in the game with a slick finish but it all started by Bellingham's interception in a dangerous position. It's 1-1 at Naples.
29'| Yellow card for Camavinga
Camavinga received the first yellow card of the game for a rough tackle.
31| Vini tries to wiggle through
Vinicius Junior tried to wiggle through the Napoli defence and was almost successful in doing so but fluffed the finish.
34'| Sensational goal by Bellingham!
Jude Bellingham went on a great solo run, gliding forward, drawing the Napoli defence and came up with a brilliant finish. It's 2-1 to Real Madrid.
38'| Madrid are searching for a third
Real Madrid are cruising forward and have managed to create a some great chances but it remains 2-1.
39'| Big save by Kepa
Kepa, whose mistake triggered Napoli's first goal became Madrid's savior this time around, came up with a big save off Osimhen's header and restricted Napoli from equalising.
42'| Corner for Napoli
Carvajal conceded an easy corner in the right side of the pitch and Napoli have got a chance to equalise.
1 minute of additional time
45+1'| Yellow card for Natan
Natan received a yellow card for stopping a Real Madrid counter.
Second Half Begins!
Action resumes as Real Madrid lead Napoli in their own home by one goal.
47'| Good start by Real Madrid
Real Madrid have started just where they left off in the first half.
49'| Good defending by Nacho
Nacho was successful in blocking Osimhen's shot which looked like it was on target and conceded a corner.
VAR : Potential Penalty Review
53'| Penalty for Napoli
Osimhen's shot hit Nacho's hand and after VAR's interference it was given a penalty.
54'| Zielinski scores from the spot!
Zielinski scores an amazing penalty, with the ball hitting the woodwork first and then going in, in the bottom corner. It's 2-2.
56'| Kvaratskhelia takes aim
Kvaratskhelia was on the verge of scoring an amazing goal from outside of the box but his powerful shot hit the side of the net.
57'| Save by Kepa
Kepa saved Zielinski's shot from outside of the box quite easily as it was hit straight at him.
61'| Good pressure by Napoli
Napoli are keeping up the tempo and is not letting the visitors breathe.
64'| Substitution for Real Madrid
F. Mendy and Modric replaced Camavinga and Kross.
66'| Great block by Rudiger
Rudiger, who has a great night until now came up with another important defensive block against Kvaratskhelia's shot.
69'| Substitution for Napoli
Elmas replaced Politano.
70'| Yellow card for Bellingham
Bellingham received a yellow card for arguing with the referee.
72'| Corner for Real Madrid
Modric tried his luck from outside of the box but his shot was deflected behind for a corner.
73'| Great save by Meret
Meret pulled off an amazing save against Vini's shot and then Bellingham failed to keep his shot on target in the rebound.
74'| Substitution for Napoli
Raspadori replaced Zielinski.
74'| Substitution for Real Madrid
Joselu replaced Rodrygo.
78'| Valverde hits a screamer but it would count as an own goal
The Uruguayan, who's known for his long range shots was on it again, as he hit an amazing shot from outside of the box following a corner and it's hit the woodwork and deflected by the goalkeeper into the goal. It's 3-2 to Real Madrid.
83'| Substitution for Real Madrid
Ceballos replaced Vini Junior.
86'| Corner for Napoli
Napoli are trying hard to find another equalizer but Madrid are not making anything easier for him.
88'| Substitution for Napoli
Rui, Simeone and Cajuste replaced Olivera, Anguissa and Lobotka.
89'| Yellow card for Real Madrid
Kepa picked up a yellow card for time wasting.
5 minutes of additional time
90+3'| Napoli are trying hard to find an equaliser
Napoli are pushing Real Madrid to the very end but the Spanish side is defending well against the home team.
90+5'| Last chance for Napoli
Ostigard ventured forward and was able to keep his volley on target but it was hit straight to Kepa.