A Sergio Ramos inspired Real Madrid ended up 3-1 winners on the night against Napoli in an exhilarating Champions League Round of 16 second leg match. The Spanish side already had a two-goal cushion going into the game, and capitalised on it with a splendid second-half performance.
The Italians were duly rewarded for their intensity as they drew first blood through a goal from Mertens. It looked like they would build on their performances in the second half, but collapsed and Real took full advantage to hit three goals past them.
Here’s how fans saw the game play out:
Dries Mertens: Has scored or assisted seven of Napoli's last 10 goals in the Champions League (5 goals, 2 assists) #NapoilRealMadrid
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 7, 2017
MAN NAPOLI PLAYS BEAUTIFUL ALMOST AGAIN
— ㅤ (@SystemBarca) March 7, 2017
This is a you example of a team goal. Exquisite from Napoli…pic.twitter.com/Jl30WbC7aZ
— T (@HazardFlicks) March 7, 2017
Dries Mertens in his last 16 matches for Napoli:
Not bad… pic.twitter.com/AESSjS79bZ
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) March 7, 2017
WHAT A NAPOLI GOAL! THAT'S WAY YOU DO IT! PLAYING IT WIDE, FAST, CHIN UP, LOOKING QUICKLY FOR THE BEST OPTION, CHOCKING OTHERS INITIATIVE
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) March 7, 2017
Sergio Ramos has made a name for himself by scoring crucial goal that have won a considerable amount of points and silverware for Los Blancos. The Spanish defender put in a similar shift against Napoli on Tuesday night, scoring two goals.
52': Toni Kroos assists Sergio Ramos ⚽
57': Toni Kroos assists Sergio Ramos ⚽
Real Madrid now leading 2-1 (5-2 on agg.) in Naples. pic.twitter.com/fnCLq0xgpN
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) March 7, 2017
How many times have your captain stepped up to loosen tight situations.? El Capitano. Sergio Ramos. Leader of Men.
— Kabir Othman (@mkothman) March 7, 2017
Sergio Ramos. Leader. Captain. Legend. Savior. Hero. Lionheart. Dragon heart. Angel. Defender. Striker. Superman. Batman. King of kings. pic.twitter.com/p5cQyzJGf1
— VamosBlancos (@VamosBlancos) March 7, 2017
"Real Madrid might exit the Champions League if this goes on."
Sergio Ramos: Hold my beer.
— I'll be back. (@ThabisoDeus) March 7, 2017
Alvaro Morato silencing the San Paolo after scoring Real Madrid's third of the night. pic.twitter.com/7KbyLDUEF1
— SB (@Realmadridplace) March 7, 2017
— Kapil Pandey (@MadridKapil) March 7, 2017
real madrid won 3-1 twice, 5-1 bayern twice, does this mean psg will score 4 tomorrow
— . (@griezmnnn) March 7, 2017
Real Madrid in the first half.. pic.twitter.com/FpgcZWYpa3
— Omar 👑 (@OMAR_CR7_) March 7, 2017
God knew i didn't get to watch the first leg of Bayern- Arsenal and Real Madrid – Napoli, so he told an angel to give me the replay.
— Class Captain ⚽ (@sire_liljosh) March 7, 2017
Zidane's Real Madrid is the first Spanish team EVER to defeat Napoli at the San Paolo.
— Spanish Mafian (@Austtino_) March 7, 2017
.@btsportfootball 20,000 fans already inside Stadio San Paolo and still 5 hours to kick off👊Now that is passion!! Napoli v Real Madrid 👀1900
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) March 7, 2017