Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro revealed he had been practicing long-range efforts like the stunning goal he scored against Napoli in the Champions League.
The Brazilian sealed the holders’ 3-1 win on Wednesday with a tremendous strike at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Casemiro produced a spectacular 30-yard volley after a clearance fell to him in the 54th minute of Madrid’s win.
The 24-year-old said it was the type of strike he had been practicing.
“I’ve been practicing those kinds of shots a lot,” Casemiro said, via Marca.
“They’re important because of my position on the pitch.”
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Casemiro said he simply wanted to generate as much power as he could when the clearance came his way.
“I’m lost for words,” he told UEFA.
“When I struck the ball I wanted to smash it, for the game, for the fans, for the Bernabeu. I love to play here, I can’t say any more than that.”
Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos also scored for Madrid after Lorenzo Insigne gave Napoli a surprise lead.
The second leg is in Naples on March 7.
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