Bellingham Leads Real Madrid to Clear Victory Over Girona

Bellingham Leads Real Madrid to Clear Victory Over Girona

Jude Bellingham notched a brace before exiting due to injury as table-toppers Real Madrid routed title contenders Girona, stretching their lead to five points in La Liga.

Vinicius Jr ignited the Bernabeu with a spectacular long-range strike, granting Madrid an early advantage.

Bellingham capitalized on a sublime Vinicius pass to net his first of the game, later adding his 20th of the season post-half-time. Rodrygo extended the lead to 4-0, while Joselu’s late penalty struck the post.

Despite his impressive performance, Bellingham’s night took a downturn as he sustained an ankle injury after a collision with Pablo Torre. He bravely attempted to soldier on, securing his second goal after Paulo Gazzaniga parried Vinicius’ initial attempt. However, the injury forced him off, substituted by Brahim Diaz.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed optimism, labeling Bellingham’s injury a mere sprain and hoping for his recovery ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash against RB Leipzig.

Bellingham’s impact since his £88m transfer from Borussia Dortmund last summer has surpassed all expectations. Setting records, such as becoming the first player to score 14 goals in his initial 15 appearances for the club, he’s established himself as a key figure.
Despite a recent dip in goal-scoring form, attributed partly to a shift in position, Bellingham’s versatility and contributions across offensive and defensive aspects have garnered praise from pundits and teammates alike.

Vinicius hailed Bellingham as a standout performer, underscoring his importance to the team’s success.

Madrid’s victory extends their unbeaten La Liga streak to 18 matches, showcasing their dominance in the league. Girona, although dealt their second league defeat, maintain a strong position in the top four.

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