European Soccer Highlights: Bellingham, Milan, Guirassy
|Jude Bellingham of Real Madrid celebrates with Joselu and Vinicius Junior after scoring their team's first goal during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Real Madrid CF and CA Osasuna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 07, 2023(Image-Getty)
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SPAIN: Jude Bellingham Impresses Real Madrid
Jude Bellingham continues to amaze Real Madrid as the 20-year-old English midfielder delivered yet another outstanding performance, leaving Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti in awe. After scoring twice in a convincing 4-0 victory over Osasuna, Ancelotti expressed, "Nobody expected the level that Bellingham is delivering."
Bellingham's remarkable feat lies in his ten goals in his first ten starts for the team, a tally that equals the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo's record. What's even more impressive is Bellingham's contribution in terms of assists. He has provided three assists in his first ten starts, surpassing Ronaldo's one during his initial ten appearances for Real Madrid in all competitions.
Furthermore, Bellingham has seamlessly adapted to Spanish soccer, making it appear deceptively easy. His eight goals in just seven starts place him as LaLiga's top scorer, three goals ahead of his closest competitors. It's worth noting that only Real Madrid icon Alfredo Di Stefano boasts better numbers than Bellingham, having scored 11 goals and provided seven assists in his first ten games back in 1953.
ITALY: AC Milan Leading, but for How Long?
AC Milan asserted their dominance in Serie A with a nail-biting 1-0 victory against Genoa, thanks to a late winner from Christian Pulisic. The match took an unexpected turn when striker Olivier Giroud had to step in as the goalkeeper after Mike Maignan was sent off deep into added time.
Milan's recent success has seen them win seven out of their first eight games in two of the last three league campaigns, specifically in 2021-22 and 2023-24. This achievement matches the number of times they achieved such a feat in the previous 65 editions.
In a title race filled with tension, rivals Inter Milan played their part in allowing Milan to move two points clear. Inter squandered a two-goal lead, settling for a 2-2 draw at home against Bologna on the same Saturday. With Milan now leading the table by two points ahead of Inter, the looming question is whether Milan can maintain their momentum, especially with Juventus trailing closely, just two points behind, and without the distraction of European competition.
GERMANY: Serhou Guirassy's Historic Hat-Trick for Stuttgart
VfB Stuttgart's Serhou Guirassy has set the Bundesliga ablaze with his exceptional performance, scoring an astonishing 13 goals in the early stages of the season, setting a new record in the league's history. This achievement surpasses the previous record of 11 goals held by other players.
What's even more remarkable is that Guirassy has already outperformed the goal-scoring statistics of any player from the previous season. His feat of 13 goals in the first seven matches exceeds what any player had achieved at the halfway point of the season, specifically 17 matches, in the previous campaign.
In a dazzling display, Guirassy secured a hat-trick on a Saturday, propelling Stuttgart to a thrilling 3-1 comeback victory against VfL Wolfsburg. This victory also marked Stuttgart's first-ever sequence of five consecutive league wins with a two-goal difference.