Zinedine Zidane doesn’t sound too happy with Lorenzo Insigne’s goal, as he felt it was against the run of play.
However, Real Madrid got back into it after Benzema finally scored having gone six matches without a goal. The striker headed in Carvajal’s cross to restore parity.
Toni Kroos scored the second goal, before Casemiro smashed in a stunner of a strike to secure a 3-1 win and the advantage heading into the second leg in Italy.
“That’s the way football is. It’s a pain that, playing as we did from the start, with that intensity, they go and score. It’s a bit f***** up,” said Zidane.
“But in the end, we scored straight away and we got into the game.
“Benzema showed that he has personality and that, in critical moments, he knows how to answer in the best way possible – by scoring. I would have liked him to get one more because he had chances. When he moves in that way, he’s a constant danger.”
Zidane warned his players that the tie is far from over, however, with Napoli knowing that a 2-0 win at the San Paolo will be good enough to send them through.
“It’s still 50-50,” he said. “It’ll be a second leg and they will make it difficult. I would have liked not to concede. It’s a good result, but it’s not decisive. It’s not enough to settle the tie.”