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Real Madrid defeated Napoli 3-1 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, claiming a precious lead at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

The second leg is at the Stadio San Paolo on March 7.

The hosts, meanwhile, boast the top scorer in the history of the competition, and Cristiano Ronaldo is offered at 8/15 (1.53) to continue his impressive run of scoring in the last 16 of the Champions League. That was a key equalizer for Real Madrid to help stop the bleeding, leading to a slugfest for the rest of the first half.

The French forward has just five goals in the Primera Division this term, but has netted in each of Madrid's last four Champions League games and that goal saw him surpass compatriot Thierry Henry with his 51st strike in the continental competition.

Real Madrid will be hoping to win this game to give them the boost they need when they go away to Napoli.

Karim Benzema struck back for Real Madrid though, heading home after a ideal cross from Dani Carvajal to make it 1-1 in the 18th.

Real Madrid have been on fire this season with only 2 losses this season.

Marek Hamsik fired wide of Navas's goal in the 32nd minute as Napoli showed signs of life once again, before Benzema missed another excellent opportunity for Real Madrid after Ronaldo had shaped a cross into the Frenchman, who turned against the post under pressure from the advancing Reina. Moreover, Coach Zidane also wants his team to take every opportunity that they can get while in the game. "The Bernabeu is an intimidating stadium to play at but the only way to get past Real Madrid is to be fearless and go there with intent", Napoli and Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina told radio station Onda Cero.

"I've scored the odd good one at particular times and been on target in the odd final, but they're all special to me", Ramos said. They're small, tricky players with good technique.

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