Bellingham's Goal Seals Real Madrid's 3rd LaLiga Victory
Jude Bellingham, Real Madrid's recent acquisition, emerged as the hero, securing a 1-0 victory over Celta Vigo in LaLiga on Friday and maintaining their flawless start to the season with a third consecutive win.
Displaying his prowess once again, the 20-year-old led Real Madrid's attacking efforts, finding the net for the fourth time in his initial three league matches. Bellingham's crucial goal came in the second half, following Rodrygo's unsuccessful penalty attempt earlier in the game.
Real Madrid's early momentum was disrupted as Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr had to exit the field due to a leg issue just 15 minutes into the match. This was an additional setback for Carlo Ancelotti's side, already contending with injuries to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Eder Militao.
Celta Vigo also faced an enforced substitution due to Franco Cervi's injury shortly before halftime.
In the opening moments of the match, Celta Vigo believed they had taken the lead, only for VAR to intervene and disallow Jorgen Larsen's goal due to a foul on goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who was making his debut following a loan move from Chelsea.
Ancelotti commented, "Kepa has played well, a clean sheet is a good sign. He deserved to play, I have said in these games that the goal is well covered, both with Kepa and (Andriy) Lunin."
Real Madrid had an opportunity to seize the lead in the 68th minute as Rodrygo earned a penalty after being brought down in the box by keeper Ivan Villar. However, Villar redeemed himself by making a crucial save from Rodrygo's spot kick.
Ancelotti expressed his slight disappointment, stating, "I told (Real midfielder Fede) Valverde that Luka (Modric) had to take the penalty, I don't know what happened between them that they chose Rodrygo. I am a bit upset that Luka didn't take the penalty."
Nonetheless, it was England midfielder Jude Bellingham who proved to be the game-changer, heading the ball into the net from a corner assisted by Joselu's touch. This goal secured the lead for La Liga leaders Real Madrid with only 10 minutes remaining.
Ancelotti praised Bellingham's contributions, highlighting his movement without the ball and his intelligent positioning on the field.
Following three consecutive away matches, Real Madrid is set to play their first home game in the upcoming week against Getafe, as renovations at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium near completion.