Once again, Jude Bellingham has demonstrated his skill by scoring his fourth goal in three consecutive matches. This notable performance propelled Real Madrid to secure a narrow 1-0 victory against Celta Vigo, achieving an impressive trio of wins in the Spanish league.
Bellingham had previously contributed a goal in the team’s 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in their season opener and had a pair of goals during the 3-1 win against Almeria last weekend. This has further solidified Bellingham’s position as one of Madrid’s key signings during the summer transfer period. His high-profile transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Madrid, involving a substantial fee of 130 million euros ($A219 million), has unquestionably been vindicated by his consistent impact on the field.
In the match against Vigo, Bellingham executed an elegant maneuver within the penalty area, positioning himself perfectly to score a crucial header and secure the winning goal in the 81st minute. This pivotal moment dashed Celta’s hopes as they failed to capitalize on their own scoring opportunities.
The setup for Bellingham’s decisive goal originated from Joselu Mato, who came into the game in the 16th minute as a substitute for Vinicius Junior. Vinicius, the Brazilian forward, had to be taken off due to a noticeable leg injury, prompting concerns that necessitated further medical evaluation.
Carlo Ancelotti, the coach of Madrid, confirmed that Vinicius would undergo comprehensive tests to determine the extent of his injury.
Celta’s goalkeeper, Ivan Villar, showcased his skill by saving Rodrygo’s penalty kick in the 68th minute, following a foul committed by the goalkeeper himself on the forward. Bellingham’s well-timed pass had set up Rodrygo for this crucial opportunity.
Shortly thereafter, Iago Aspas missed a significant chance for the home team, failing to convert his shot accurately and increasing their deficit.
Later in the match, Luca de la Torre, Celta’s American player, required medical attention following a collision on the field. Although he was eventually substituted, he managed to walk off the pitch on his own.
With the regular starter Thibaut Courtois absent due to injury, newly acquired goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga took the starting position for Madrid, while Andriy Lunin returned to the bench.
Under the guidance of coach Rafa Benitez, Celta’s streak of not securing a win extended to three games since the beginning of the summer season.
Furthermore, in another fixture, Real Sociedad played to a goalless draw against Las Palmas.