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Juventus cling on at Napoli as Higuaín endures underwhelming return

Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain

Maurizio Sarri was looking unusually smart last Monday, shedding his Napoli tracksuit in favour of a white shirt and blue jacket to collect the 2015-16 Panchina d’Oro (Golden Bench). He had pipped Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri into second for the award, given each year to the best manager in Serie A – as chosen by a panel of their peers.

Casemiro stunner hands Real Madrid the edge against brave Napoli

Real Madrid's Casemiro celebrates scoring their third goal

It was fun and there is more to come. Ninety minutes, four goals, 27 shots, and an important, if not yet decisive, lead for Real Madrid to take to Italy: that was the balance from an enjoyable night at the Bernabéu where the first chance came after 20 seconds, the first goal after seven minutes, and the hosts came from behind to defeat Napoli 3-1. Next stop, San Paolo.

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Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain

Juventus cling on at Napoli as Higuaín endures underwhelming return

Maurizio Sarri was looking unusually smart last Monday, shedding his Napoli tracksuit in favour of a white shirt and blue jacket to collect the 2015-16 Panchina d’Oro (Golden Bench). He had pipped Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri into second for the award, given each year to the best manager in Serie A – as chosen by a panel of their peers.

Real Madrid's Casemiro celebrates scoring their third goal

Casemiro stunner hands Real Madrid the edge against brave Napoli

It was fun and there is more to come. Ninety minutes, four goals, 27 shots, and an important, if not yet decisive, lead for Real Madrid to take to Italy: that was the balance from an enjoyable night at the Bernabéu where the first chance came after 20 seconds, the first goal after seven minutes, and the hosts came from behind to defeat Napoli 3-1. Next stop, San Paolo.