Mighty midfield overcomes deficit to lead Real Madrid to win over Napoli

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he's happy with the form of Karim Benzema.

Toni Kroos put Real Madrid in front en route to a 3-1 win over Napoli on Wednesday.

They have a lot of work to do, to be sure, but there's still a chance thanks to their away goal - just as long as Napoli can figure out how to contain Real Madrid a bit better back in Italy, at least.

However, it was Napoli who got off to the ideal start just eight minutes in when Insigne took aim from 40 yards and caught Madrid 'keeper Keylor Navas out of position with a superb effort that curled around the Costa Rica global.

The four-time Ballon d'or victor netted a fantastic free-kick as Madrid came from behind to beat Sporting 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu and then opened the scoring for Zinedine Zidane's side in Dortmund after 17 minutes in a 2-2 draw on September 27. It was soon 3-1 when Casemiro smashed a 25-yard volley across a helpless Pepe Reina and into the far corner.

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Napoli hopes Real Madrid's recent struggles against Italian teams will continue. The former Real Madrid wideman is Napoli's second top scorer domestically and is offered at 13/5 (3.60) to net on his return to the Bernabeu.

The 56-year-old Maradona was invited by Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis to watch the soccer match against the defending European champions in Madrid.

It was an excellent response from Real Madrid, who were threatening to let frustration undo them towards the end of the first half.

Napoli had a goal disallowed for offside in the 80th.

Napoli Striker Arkadiusz Milik will be fit for the fixture after recovering from a cruciate ligament injury he sustained in Serie A. Defender Lorenzo Tonelli has also traveled with the squad.

  • Lawrence Cooper