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In Naples, Jude Bellingham, formerly of Borussia Dortmund, delivered a spectacular individual goal as Real Madrid emerged victorious with a 3-2 win over the reigning Italian champions.

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Jude Bellingham notched his eighth goal of the season, helping Real Madrid halt Napoli’s impressive 13-game undefeated streak at home in the Champions League during a captivating Tuesday clash. Although the contest could have swung either way, Bellingham’s virtuoso display, complemented by a breathtaking strike from Federico Valverde, proved decisive in overcoming the Italian champions.

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Napoli seized the initiative with their initial opportunity of the evening. Kvicha Kvaratskhelia delivered a corner into the box, which Real Madrid’s goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, misjudged. The ball ricocheted off the crossbar and fell kindly for Leo Ostigard to head into an open net.

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However, Madrid swiftly responded. Bellingham, positioned just outside the Napoli box, won possession and then set up Vinicius Jr for a fine finish from a tight angle. The English international continued his impact by putting Madrid ahead with a remarkable solo effort, weaving through the Napoli defense before curling a shot past Alex Meret.

Napoli managed to level the score after the break, with Piotr Zielinski converting from the penalty spot after the hosts were awarded a contentious penalty for a handball by Nacho. As the game progressed, Los Blancos regained their edge, and their winning goal was deserved, as Valverde unleashed a long-range strike that hit the crossbar before rebounding into the net off Meret’s back.

Although the home side pressed for a late winner, Madrid weathered the late pressure to secure a crucial away victory, positioning them favorably for a spot in the Champions League knockout stage.

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