Real Madrid player ratings vs. Napoli: Jude Bellingham is the world’s greatest! But the teenager is now Los Blancos’ new hero. Nico Paz

Real Madrid player ratings vs. Napoli: Jude Bellingham is the world’s greatest! But the teenager is now Los Blancos’ new hero. Nico Paz

Real Madrid player ratings vs. Napoli

Real Madrid player ratings vs. Napoli,England’s top player scored one goal and set up another but it was Nico Diaz’s late strike that effectively sealed another Champions League win

Jude Bellingham was once again impressive but Real Madrid turned to an unlikely source to secure a Champions League victory over Napoli. Academy product Nico Paz scored his first goal for the club in the 84th minute, a speculative strike from distance that gave his team the lead, serving as the decisive moment in a 4–2 victory.

Giovanni Simeone headed the ball across the line to give Napoli the early lead following a ferocious counterattack. Less than two minutes separated them from the lead. Rodrigo, who had scored twice the previous weekend, used his right foot to cut in and shoot into the upper right corner to level.

And Madrid took the lead shortly afterwards, with Bellingham scoring his 15th goal of the season with an acrobatic header, headed past the keeper at the far post. But the visitors stayed in it. They leveled the score after the break, with Frank Anguissa firing the ball into the corner early in the second half.

As half-time passed, Madrid looked more likely to score the winner, creating several chances, with most of the game flowing through the impressive Bellingham. And they got the big goal late. It came from Nico, who ran away from the defender before firing a shot from distance.

Alex Merett will feel he should have had the effort denied, but it found the net anyway, a key moment in the 19-year-old substitute’s career. Joselu’s fourth – a tap-in at the far post – ultimately ensured a comfortable victory for the hosts.

Goalkeeper and defense

Andrey Lunin (6/10):

Couldn’t do anything about Napoli’s goals, although his effort to deny the first goal was courageous.

Dani Carvajal (6/10):

Khvicha Kvaratskheliya had a tough time but progressed well and contributed in attacking areas.

Antonio Rudiger (7/10):

A crucial intervention prevented a certain goal on the stroke of half-time. Carried out his remaining defensive work with aplomb, although he was perhaps lucky not to be penalized for a dangerous challenge on Piotr Zielinski.

David Alaba (6/10):

Assisted Bellingham’s header with a brilliant ball. Less stable at the other end of the pitch, clashing first with Simeone and then Victor Osimhen.

Ferland Mendy (7/10):

Covered his man well and displayed a bit more forward movement than in recent weeks.

midfield

Tony Cruz (6/10):

Steady as ever on the ball but exposed defensively on several occasions.

Federico Valverde (7/10):

Full of feet in a deep midfield position and calm on the ball.

Dani Ceballos (6/10):

Solid in his first start of the season. Only a few minutes were left and he started doing the same work.

Jude Bellingham (8/10):

A Ronaldo-like header at the far post. Controlled it from the entire central areasCurrently the greatest player in the world.

attack

Brahim Diaz (6/10):

Instrumental in the creation of the Madrid equaliser. Bright on the ball, always ready to run when he doesn’t have the ball. Removed after an hour due to apparent calf problem.

Rodrigo (8/10):

Scored a brilliant equalizing goal.. Linked up excellently with the rest of Madrid’s attack and was a constant danger on the counter. He is in great form at the moment.

Deputy and Manager

Joselu (4/10):

A sitter was missed soon after being brought on and then further chances were missed before finally getting on the scoresheet – when it wouldn’t have mattered.

Nico Paz (8/10):

What a moment! Came in and scored the important third goal.

Dance (N/A):

No time to make an impact.

Lucas Vazquez (N/A):

Late leg to seal the result.

Carlo Ancelotti (7/10):

Chose his strongest side, especially considering the injury situation. He will be disappointed to concede twice but Madrid were good enough to step up to secure a big win. Work done in group stage.

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