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07.03.2017
» Napoli 1-3 Real Madrid. Captain Ramos shows no mercy in Naples!

Sergio Ramos scores twice against Napoli in the Champions League 2017

Real Madrid are through to the Champions League quarter-finals, after beating Napoli 3-1 in the second leg. The hero of tonight's game was Sergio Ramos, who pulled off another heroic performance with 2 crucial goals, slaying all Napoli's hopes of a comeback.

It was Sergio Ramos, again, who rose in the air twice tonight to rescue Real Madrid from deep water in a tough trip to Naples. Real Madrid beat Napoli 3-1 at the San Paolo, with 2 goals from captain Ramos and another one from Morata. The Merengues advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals round with a 6-2 aggregate score, but the truth is that there were serious risks of a Napoli comeback when the two teams headed back to the locker rooms at half-time. Zinedine Zidane's men had saved their reaction for the 2nd half though and killed the Italian side's European dreams when Sergio Ramos scored two headers from two Toni Kroos corners.

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Napoli vs Real Madrid
Napoli 1-3 Real Madrid
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Let's be honest, it wasn't exactly pretty. A lot of the massive issues we've seen over the past couple of weeks were still here in abundance. The BBC was again rather ineffective, there was no connection between midfield and defense and Madrid were still wasteful in front of goal.

However, no matter what happens, Madrid have Sergio Ramos and in many ways his existence is unfair to the rest of the footballing world. His second-half double was enough to rescue Madrid, as they defeated Napoli by a score of 1-3 in the Stadio San Paolo.

Napoli started brilliantly. The first 15 minutes were hell for Madrid. They passed well, dominated possession and generally made the match very hard for Los Merengues. Coupled with the enthusiasm and excitement in the stadium, it looked like a long night for Madrid.

Alvaro Morata pointing to his head as Ronaldo walks behind him

Napoli were eventually rewarded for their good work, as Dries Mertens buried a chance in the 24th minute. It was a tidy finish from the Belgian, who found himself free of Pepe after a good pass from Hamsik. The stadium was rocking and Madrid were one more goal away from crashing out of the competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who still only has two goals in this Champions League campaign, hit the post after a good chance in the first half, but that was really it for Madrid, who went into the second half looking for answers.

And Ramos had them all.

First a fantastic header in the 51st minute off a Toni Kroos cross. Then, another header (it may have been ruled as an own goal in the end), that deflected off of Mertens into the back of the net. Captain Ramos never disappoints...

The goals totally took the sting out of the tie. The once-boisterous stadium went quiet and Madrid slowed the pace down and played out the tie. Alvaro Morata would score late finishing off a Cristiano Ronaldo chance that was parried by Reina, but in the end, it was cosmetic. Madrid won 6-2 on aggregate and are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the 7th consecutive season. (Remember when we couldn't get past the round of 16?)

Author: Terrance Ross

Cristiano Ronaldo in a Champions League night game against Napoli

Real Madrid line-up vs Napoli:

Goalkeeper: Navas
Defenders: Marcelo, Pepe, Ramos, Carvajal
Midfielders: Casemiro, Modric, Kroos
Attackers: Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Napoli
vs
Real Madrid
1
Goals
3
13
Shots
13
3
Shots on goal
5
9
Corner kicks
4
17
Fouls commited
8
2
Yellow cards
0
0
Red cards
0
54%
Ball possession
46%

Cristiano Ronaldo next game is a La Liga fixture, on March 12 of 2017 against Real Betis. You can watch Real Madrid vs Betis, Barcelona vs PSG, Rostov vs Man United, Manchester City vs Stoke City, and Borussia Dortmund vs Benfica, all matches provided from our soccer live game pages.

Real Madrid next game:
Real Madrid vs Betis
kick-off time (12-03-2017):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 03:45
Jakarta
(Indonesia)
| UTC/GMT+7: 02:45
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 01:15
Spain
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+1: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+0: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 16:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 15:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 12:45

Sources: ronaldo7.net / realmadrid.com / uefa.com / espnfc.us

Real Madrid starting lineup vs Napoli in the Champions League 2017 campaign

Ronaldo dribbling Reina in Napoli 1-3 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo ties a kid shoes before a game

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