Real Madrid Win Against Napoli to Clinch Top Spot

Written by Reananda Hidayat Permono Completed Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Two late goals from Joselu and 19-year-old Nico Paz gave Real Madrid a 4-2 win against Napoli in Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Hence, the 14-time champions secured the top spot in Champions League Group C with with match remaining.

Madrid successfully maintained their 100% record and has 15 points, eight points above the Italian champions.

Napoli needs a draw in the final game against Braga, who on third with four points, to qualify for the round of 16.

Union Berlin are bottom of the group after a 1-1 draw against Braga earlier last night.

Real Madrid started pretty well but were surprised by a quick counter-attack by Napoli as Giovanni Di Lorenzo assisted Giovanni Simeone to open the score.

At first sight, it looked like goalkeeper Andriy Lunin saved the goal. But the goal-line technology confirmed that the ball had crossed the line.

The host hit back quickly as Rodrygo equalised two minutes later and Jude Bellingham’s header in the 22nd put them ahead.

After the break, Frank Anguissa leveled the game in the 47th minute. Meanwhile, Real Madrid wasted several chances, including Joselu’s miss from close range in the 79th.

Academy midfielder Paz finally gave Madrid the lead again in the 84th minute.

In added time, Joselu ended up scoring the fourth goal for Real Madrid.