Ronaldo sets personal best for Real Madrid assists in Champions League

Real Madrid scored two goals in five minutes on Wednesday to take a 3-1 lead against Napoli in their Champions League last-16 tie.

Yet Lorenzo Insigne stunned the Bernabeu when he caught Keylor Navas off his line from some way out and bent an improvised finish into the bottom-right corner of the Costa Rican's net.

"It's very important and it's going to be tough, but we're happy to be playing the Champions League again", he said, highlighting the need not to concede against the Italians, who are unbeaten in their last 18 matches.

The second leg will be in Italy on Tuesday, March 7.

Insigne stunned Real Madrid early on with a heads-up play.

Real Madrid returned to the top of La Liga after winning a testing away clash against Osasuna 3-1 on Saturday thanks to goals from talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, midfielder Isco and substitute Lucas Vazquez.

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos could ditch his number four shirt for 93 in the final season of his career as a tribute to the stoppage-time goal that helped the Spanish giants win La Decima in 2013-14.

Maradona even gave the Napoli players a pep talk in the dressing room before kick-off.

Napoli actually had the chance to level the match at 3-3, but an agonizing miss from Dries Mertens and a mis-timed run from Jose Callejon kept them from scoring a pair of excellent goals during the second half.

It wasn't even so much that they were ready for Real Madrid, it was nearly as though Napoli didn't care that they were playing Real Madrid. We know it's 50/50; we have the first game at home tomorrow and we know that we can hurt the other team and that they can cause us problems too.

His goals in each of the games against AS Roma last season were crucial to keep Madrid on track for its 11th European title. They're small, tricky players with good technique.

  • Angelo Rivera