Napoli 2-3 Real Madrid: summary, goals, highlights, Champions League
Napoli - Real Madrid: UCL Group C as it happened
An excellent game of Champions League football in Naples with the Serie A side tasting defeat at home in the competition for the first time in 17 games.
After a solid start for Rudi Garcia's side as they opened the scoring just before the 20 minute mark, Madrid sprang into life with Vini Jr and Jude Bellingham bagging two goals in quick succession to see the visitors ahead at the interval.
Georgian maestro Khvicha Kvaratskhelia finally got into the swing of the match as he created wave after wave of attack on the Madrid goal. An innocuous tangle between Nacho and Osimhen saw VAR intervene and award a debatable penalty for Napoli which Piotr Zieliński duly slotted home.
Real Madrid can never be written off and less so on the European stage as the side in black clawed their way back into the contest and following a corner, the ball fell to Fede Valverde who unleashed a ferocious strike that went in with the aid of the bar and Napoli keeper Meret.
Ancelotti's men make it six points from six and they now face a trip to northern Portugal in matchday 3 to take on Braga SC as Napoli head to face Union Berlin.
Bellingham again !
Jude Bellingham bagged his second Champions League goal in as many games for Real Madrid as his second of the night against Napoli saw the Spanish side ahead at the break.
Madrid win in Naples.
Østigård shoots and the ball is straight at Kepa.
That's the last chance as the whistle sounds.
No way through for the side in sky blue as Madrid do their job at the back.
First defeat at home for Napoli in 17 games with Man City the last side to record a win here.
Madrid now under pressure as all 11 Madrid players are packed inside their own half.
Five minutes of time to be added on.
Rudiger has been fantastic for Real Madrid tonight and has been able to keep an eye on Osimhen and been better than the Nigerian striker in all aerial duels.
Kepa carded for time wasting.
Rui, Simeone and Cajuset on
Olivera, Anguissa and Lobotka all off
Less than five minutes remain in Naples and the home side refuse to thrown in the towel as despite the best efforts to find Osimhen, the Madrid defence to an admirable job of averting the danger.
Ceballos on for Madrid as Vini Jr makes way
Less than ten minutes left for Napoli to try and get back on track once again this evening.
The noise coming now in the stadium is coming from the 700 or so travelling Real Madrid fans.
It was coming as Madrid had worked their way back into the game.
Valverde scores and Madrid take the lead with a screamer.
Into the final 15.
Still 2-2 and it's Real Madrid's turn to dominate the game now.
Change for Napoli
Raspadori on for Piotr Zieliński
and Joselu on for Rodrygo (Real Madrid)
Madrid go close as Vini Jr shoots, the ball is palmed back into the path of Bellingham and the English player heads wide.
Modric shoots and the ball is deflected for the first corner of the second half for the visitors.
The Croatian to take and it's Osimhen on defensive duty who clears.
Final 20 of the contest. It's been a fine game in Naples as Bellingham is carded for backchat.
Change for Napoli
Politano makes way for Elmas
Madrid enjoying a rare spell on the ball.
Ancelotti's men have been second best in this second half.
Zambo Anguissa swings at the ball and watches it drift just wide of Kepa's goal.
Mendy and Modric on for Madrid
Camavinga and Kroos are the men replaced
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia coming more and more into the game has been instrumental in the shift in this game.
We hit the hour mark in Naples and it remains 2-2 in a frantic and open contest.
Piotr Zieliński shoots after excellent work from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia with the young Georgian getting into the rhythm of the match.
Napoli bossing Real Madrid as things stand.
Anyway, from a neutral perspective, it has reignited the game and the goal has revved the Napoli fans back into life once again.
A very harsh call and one that Real Madrid fans can feel hard done by.
Piotr Zieliński scores off the post. Napoli draw level.
Napoli win the penalty but that looks like a harsh call.
Ancelotti cannot believe what he sees.
Clement Turpin is going to check the screen and this could be a spot kick for Napoli.
Osimhen wins a corner as Nacho defends well.
The ball seemed to hit the Nigerian last but the French ref. awards the corner.
Osimhen climbs above Rudiger and the whistle sounds as the former Lille man was climbing.
Modric warming up for Real Madrid ...
Matchday 3 at the end of October sees Madrid travelling to Braga and Napoli heading to Berlin to face Union.
The teams return to the pitch in Naples.
No changes it would appear at the interval.
Despite a bright start from the home side with Ostigard putting the Italian side ahead, Madrid bounced back with two goals in quick succession as Vini Jr and then the inspired Jude Bellingham put Madrid in control.
We've yet to see Khvicha Kvaratskhelia really grab the game by the scruff of the net and despite flashes of what he can do, Nigerian striker Osimhen has yet to really cause serious danger for the Madrid rearguard.
The whistle sounds and Madrid lead at the interval.
Natan carded for the trip.
Natan clips Rodrygo and Real Madrid win a dangerous free.
Long way out as Kroos and Rodrygo are over the ball.
Valverde shoots but the wall does its job.
Napoli corner as Rudi Garcia's men look to draw level as we approach the interval.
Poor from Napoli as the ball drifts tamely wide.
Politano shoots but it's a tame effort and easy for Kepa to smother.
Decent header from Osimhen but the ball is easy for Kepa to push away.
Better from the home side now as they trail to the 14 time European Cup winners.
Madrid playing with plenty of confidence now and it's the home side who are under the kosh.
Napoli are reeling now as Vini Jr goes close.
Bellingham makes it 1-2 for Madrid.
Possession after 34 minutes
Napoli 46-54 Real Madrid
The Madrid goal has managed to take down the decibel level inside the Diego Maradona Stadium as Napoli look to hit back.
Camavinga carded and the Frenchman is the first name in ref Turpin's book tonight.
Di Lorenzo is sloppy and gives the ball away to Jude who finds the Brazilian and Vini makes no mistake.
The Brazilian does well from an acute angle.
Madrid draw level
Interesting battle emerging between Vini and Di Lorenzo and as things stand, the Italian is ahead.
Madrid looks to bounce back as Kroos and Carvajal win another corner for the visitors.
Questions being raised about Kepa with the Basque stopper in no mans land as he looked to punch away before the Norwegian thundered into the box to put Napoli ahead.
Kepa misses the ball as it crashes off the bar, the Norwegian shows a massive desire to get onto the ball and it's in the back of the net.
Napoli take the lead as he heads home.
Past the quarter of an hour mark and it's very even here in Naples.
Napoli now in the ascendancy after riding a number of waves of Madrid pressure.
Osimhen battles and does well to win a corner.
Madrid clear but Vini is pushed and Madrid can ease a sigh of relief.
Tchouaméni is gifted a free header from the corner but the French man nods over.
Bellingham shoots and the ball is deflected wide for another corner for the team in black.
A respite in the energy level as the tempo wanes ever so slightly after a frantic opening.
Rodrygo enjoying the best chance of the night with the shot earlier that forced Meret into action.
First chance of the night falls to Real Madrid as Rodrygo forces Meret to save well.
It's the home side who have enjoyed the better of the opening phase with Politano and Osimhen looking sharp.
Napoli threaten and it's Politano who creates the danger as Rudiger is called into action to clear the danger.
Whistles ring out as Madrid string together a series of short passes.
Big night for Vini Jr as the Brazilian gets his first taste of Champions League football in the 23-24 season.
Off we go in Naples.
The men in sky blue start the game.
There are a few Real Madrid fans present tonight in the away sector at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium but it's the noise from the home fans that is audible.
Plenty of Maradona flags and banners dotted around the stadium with the Argentine an out an out icon in the city.
Ancelotti back at the place where he was manager until 2019 when he was sacked as SSC Napoli boss.
The teams emerge to a huge reception and we're just moments away from what should be a cracker !
The light show is underway in Napoli with a packed stadium present as we await the arrival of the teams.
Real Madrid's next game after the Napoli test is a trip to the north of Portugal at the end of the month where they will face Braga.
Both the Spanish and Italian sides are expected to advance to the next phase but Braga will be spurred on with that late dramatic win in Berlin as they open their Group C account.
Group C: live table
Group C update
with the last kick of the game, Braga have turned things around in the German capital and will claim all points with a 2-3 win as Castro fires home for the Portuguese outfit.
Heartbreak for the Bundesliga side!
FT: Union 2-3 Braga
Group C: update from Berlin
We're in the final few minutes of action between Union Berlin and Braga and it remains 2-2.
Union set to pick up their first ever Champions League point in the club's history.
Min 86: Union 2-2 Braga
- 2Dani Carvajal
- 15Federico Valverde
- 5Jude Bellingham
- 18Aurelien Tchouameni
- 7Vinicius Junior
- 1Alex Meret
- 55Leo Østigård
- 22Di Lorenzo
- 17Mathías Olivera
- 99Franck Zambo
- 77Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
- 9Victor Osimhen
Napoli-Real Madrid: team reminder
A reminder of the team news ahead of tonight's game.
Real Madrid set to sport black
Los Blancos will sporting their all black kit tonight as their all white kit clashes (slightly) with the sky blue and white of the home side.
..and somewhat later than the stipulated 60 mins pre kick-off, we have the Napoli side who will face Real Madrid tonight at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
Birthday boy Zanoli
The right back celebrates his birthday today (23) and is on the bench for Rudi Garcia's side tonight.
Group C: live update
Braga have just equalised against Union in the German capital with an absolute screamer of a strike from Bruma.
Track it down and enjoy !
Min 60: Union 2-2 Braga
Napoli-Real Madrid: matchday weather
It's a mild October evening in Southern Italy with a current temperature of 22C-73F with no rain forecast during the Group C meeting between the Serie A champions and 14 time winners of the European Cup.
A Neapolitan welcome for Madrid
These were the scenes outside Real Madrid's hotel as a small group of Napoli fans set off fireworks in a bid to disturb Los Blancos sleeping inside.
One would imagine that the hotel had sufficient double glazing.
Rudi Garcia names his side to face Real Madrid and Los Blancos will need to keep an eye on Nigerian striker Osimhen and the ever dangerous Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.
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Half time in Berlin
It's half time in the earlier game in Group C and at the break, Union Berlin still lead but a goal from Braga in the 42nd minute through Niakate sees the Liga Betclic side back in contention.
Union Berlin 2-1 Braga
In matchday 3 of Group C, Real Madrid travel to Braga as Napoli face the Germans.
Group C: Union-Braga
The game between the men from Berlin and Portugal was given the earlier kick-off slot and at a sold out Olympic Stadium in the German capital, Union are 2-0 ahead after 40 minutes and on course to secure their first ever Champions League points in the club's history.
Real Madrid XI named
Carlo Ancelotti has named his team that will face Napoli with still no starting place for Modric.
Vini Jr and Rodrygi will lead the line with Bellingham playing behind the Brazilian duo.
Real Madrid's slip up in the derby against Ateti has been the only blemish on a perfect start to the season for Carlo Ancelotti's men as they top LaLiga with 21 points from 8 games.
Napoli have now found their rhythm after a slow start in Serie A and have bagged 7/9 points in their past three league outings.
Sunset in Naples
The sun dips behind the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples as the first few spectators start to make their way into the ground with kick off less than 2 hours away.
All set in the Napoli dressing room
The Serie A side will be in their classic sky blue shirts for the visit of Real Madrid tonight.
Both teams in action in Naples tonight started their Group C campaign with winning starts although Real Madrid struggled to break down a resilient Union Berlin side at the Bernabeu and it took a Jude Bellingham goal in added time to break the deadlock.
Things were slightly easier for Napoi in northern Portugal but two late goals in Braga (one apiece) saw the points head back to Italy after the Serie A side had taken a 46th minute lead through Di Lorenzo.
Napoli vs Real Madrid: kick off times
Tonight's action in Naples kicks off at a local time of 9 pm.
For viewers in the US, that is 3pm ET/12 pm PT.
A packed house at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium is expected in the southern Italian city as Ancelotti's men face a stern test against the current Serie A champions.
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