In an intense La Liga “El Clasico” against Barcelona on Saturday, Real Madrid came back to win 2-1, mostly due to a brace from top scorer Jude Bellingham in the second half. Bellingham’s excellent play continues to impress.
After signing from Borussia Dortmund, the 20-year-old Englishman has scored 13 goals and provided three assists in 13 appearances across all competitions, making his switch to Spanish soccer appear incredibly simple.
On Saturday, he spearheaded Real Madrid’s comeback after Barcelona’s midfielder Ilkay Gundogan gave the visitors the lead in the sixth minute by taking advantage of a poor defensive play.
Bellingham capitalized on the two opportunities he had in the second half, and Barca paid a price for not turning their superiority into more goals.
In stoppage time, he scored the game-winning goal after grabbing a pass from Luka Modric inside the box. In the 68th minute, he struck an incredible long-range goal into the upper left corner.
The first half saw Barca control, and after Real defender Aurelien Tchouameni passed backwards to centre back David Alaba, who could hardly reach the ball, Gundogan found the ball at his feet for an easy tap-in.
Real Madrid was unlucky to trail by just one goal at halftime due to persistent attacks by forward Joao Felix and midfielder Fermin Lopez, who struck the crossbar in the fifteenth minute.
After the break, keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga produced a fantastic stop to deny Barca from a close-range Ronald Araujo shot, and Andreas Christiansen headed onto the post.
After manager Carlo Ancelotti benched Eduardo Camavinga and Modric, Real Madrid began to click, and Bellingham was the centre of attention once more.
Real Madrid and Girona both have 28 points, which puts them atop the standings. With two games remaining, Barca is two points clear of Atletico Madrid in third place.