Real Madrid vs Napoli live score, result, updates, highlights from Champions League group stage

Two clubs looking to push through periods of adversity clash with Champions League lives on the line as Real Madrid host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Madrid have already confirmed their place in the knockout round but have yet to solidify the top spot in Group C, which they could do with just a point here today. That would give Los Blancos a seeded spot in the knockout draw — an advantageous position for the next phase.

Carlo Ancelotti will have to be careful, however, with his starting lineup dropping like flies to injuries. He’s missing at least five regular Real Madrid players, including Vinicius Jr, for significant time.

Napoli need a win to confirm a place in the knockout stage, but even a draw goes a long way towards confirming a spot in the Round of 16. The Partenopei are under new management, with Walter Mazzarri having returned to the club in place of the sacked Rudi Garcia this month.

The Sporting News is following the Real Madrid vs. Napoli match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Real Madrid vs Napoli live score

  Score Goal scorers
Real Madrid
Napoli

Kickoff: 9 p.m. local (3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT)
Location: Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid, Spain)
Referee: Francois Letexier (FRA)

Predicted lineups:

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1, right to left): Lunin (GK) — Vazquez, Rudiger, Nacho, Garcia — Ceballos, Kroos — Valverde, Bellingham, Paz — Joselu.

Napoli (4-3-3, right to left): Meret (GK) — Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Natan, Olivera — Lobotka, Anguissa, Zielinski — Politano, Osmihen, Kvaratskhelia.

Real Madrid vs Napoli live updates, highlights, commentary

2 hours to kickoff: With Real Madrid having confirmed their place in the Round of 16, this would be a great place to give in-form Jude Bellingham some rest, but Carlo Ancelotti is unable to rotate his squad thanks to the heavy onset of significant injuries.

While Vinicius Jr. is the most notable injury in the Madrid ranks, they are also missing both young midfielders Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga, which puts a real strain on the squad. That’s likely going to push Dani Ceballos into the starting lineup, reports AS.

Real Madrid vs Napoli lineups, team news

Carlo Ancelotti is missing the majority of his first-choice starting XI through injury with Thibaut Courtois, Vinicius Junior, Eder Militao, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Arda Guler all not expected to return until 2024.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is set to be kept in reserve for the weekend clash with Granada, starting Andriy Lunin in goal. Jude Bellingham has been passed fit should start in midfield, while Luka Modric is a game-time decision.

Due to his lack of options, Ancelotti will have to keep Bellingham in the team, despite his recent return from a shoulder issue. Squad players such as Lucas Vazquez, Dani Ceballos and Joselu will be vital in helping Real Madrid get through to the December break.

Real Madrid projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Lunin (GK) — Vazquez, Rudiger, Nacho, Garcia — Ceballos, Kroos — Valverde, Bellingham, Paz — Joselu.

Real Madrid subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

The big news for Napoli is the return of star striker Victor Osimhen from injury and Walter Mazzarri is ready to start the Nigeria international in Madrid.

Mathias Olivera is set to cover for Mario Rui at left -ack for Napoli, with Osimhen included in a first-choice attack alongside his old partner Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Napoli projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Meret (GK) — Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Natan, Olivera — Lobotka, Anguissa, Zielinski — Politano, Osmihen, Kvaratskhelia.

Napoli subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

How to watch Real Madrid vs Napoli

Here’s how to watch this Champions League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

  TV channel Streaming
USA TUDN USA, Univision Paramount+, ViX, Univision NOW
UK TNT Sports 3 discovery+
Australia  — Stan Sport
Canada  — DAZN
India  — Sony LIV, JioTV
New Zealand  — beIN Sports Connect
Malaysia beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect, sooka
Singapore beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV+
Hong Kong beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect

Real Madrid vs Napoli betting odds, lines

  Madrid
win
Draw Napoli
win
Both teams
to score Y / N
Over / Under
2.5 goals
RMA
-0.5
NAP
+0.5
DraftKings
(USA)
-115 +290 +300 -175 / +130 -155 / +115 -115 +100

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