Real Madrid's young star Jude Bellingham impressed with two goals, but was then forced to leave the field injured.
With a show of strength, league leaders Real Madrid won the first match in the Spanish Football League against Girona. The 'Royal' won safely 4-0 (2-0) on Saturday without injured centre-back David Alaba and extended their lead over the surprise team from Catalonia to five points after 24 rounds. Among the most prominent Real Madrid players were Jude Bellingham, who scored a brace (35 and 54), and Vinicius Junior with a goal (6) and two assists.
Real even missed a penalty kick in the end
Rodrigo scored the final score with a powerful shot in the 61st minute. In stoppage time, Real “Joker” Joselu hit a penalty kick against the crossbar (91). This is Girona's first defeat after 15 league matches and only their second overall. Both times Real Madrid were very strong, with the league leaders winning the first leg 3-0.
Real won without a central defender
The Madridistas have two defenders with cruciate ligament tears: Alaba and Eder Militao. In addition, Nacho was rested and Antonio Rudiger was not fully fit. Therefore, coach Carlos Ancelotti left In addition to French national team player Chouamini – with six – right-back Carvajal, who is only 1.73 meters tall, plays in the heart of defence. Vazquez played at right-back, while Mendy played at left-back. After a brave start for the visitors from Catalonia, Real Madrid increasingly asserted their dominance.
Vinicius Junior gave Carlo Ancelotti's side an early lead with a stunning long-range strike into the far corner. Then the Madrillites took control of what was happening, but without becoming dangerous. It took until the 35th minute for Vinicius Junior to put Bellingham in the spotlight with a brilliant outside-foot pass. The Englishman then went around Girona goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga. After the break, the 20-year-old dusted off Vinicius' dribbling and took the top spot on the scoring charts alone with his 16th goal of the season.
After the break, Girona only gained courage briefly, also because Bellingham collapsed after a powerful kick from Pablo Torre. But the Englishman gritted his teeth and pushed the ball over the goal line after a wonderful dribble from Vinicius Junior (54). As he was injured again shortly afterwards, Bellingham had to leave the field – his left foot was immediately iced and bound.
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