However, just moments later, Madrid's star man Cristiano Ronaldo had the flawless opportunity to equalise. The angle was tough, and he had a lot to focus on with the keeper and defender right on top of him.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were named Monday in Real Madrid's Champions League squad for the last-16 second-leg tie against Napoli after missing the weekend win over Eibar. That is a win percentage of just 56.2%, while they average 2.8 goals per game.
Mertens is expected to start up front, flanked by Lorenzo Insigne and former Madrid forward Jose Callejon, in Sarri's preferred 4-3-3 formation.
President Aurelio De Laurentiis stirred up further controversy, as he praised Maurizio Sarri after the defeat to Real Madrid, but said Italian media "hates Napoli".
Napoli completely outplayed the visiting Spaniards in the first half but only had Dries Mertens' 24th minute goal to show for it. Yet if the visitors looked unsafe on the transition, Napoli were just as threatening with their one-touch passing game and it was to pay dividends midway through the half.
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The Frenchman, whose no stranger to playing against Napoli back in his illustrious career with Juventus warned everyone in his post game conference that fans at the Stadio San Paolo will certainly give his side a "warm" reception on Tuesday.
Backed by a fervent crowd, Napoli made a fast and furious start and peppered the Real goal with shots in the opening 10 minutes.
"We go out as a team now and again for food and do team bonding". With the three all in the side in 2016-17, Madrid have won just nine of their 16 matches, drawing six and losing the other.
"It will be a hard game, the same as it always is in the Champions League", Zidane told a packed conference in Naples on Monday. We always go out and play our game and try to win. Ronaldo skipped clear of the Napoli defence, rounded goalkeeper Reina but could only find the post from an open goal position.
"We have to believe we can hurt them". Bayern took control in the second half, and Laurent Koscielny was sent off for a soft foul on Robert Lewandowski, for which the visitors also received a penalty.