Bellingham’s Impressive Performance Secures Madrid’s Comeback Victory against Almeria
In a thrilling La Liga match on Saturday, Real Madrid showed their resilience by coming from behind to defeat Almeria 3-1, thanks to the impressive performance of their recent signing, Jude Bellingham. After scoring on his debut last week, Bellingham once again proved to be a crucial player for Carlo Ancelotti’s team as they continued their flawless start to the season. Vinicius Junior sealed the victory by scoring the third goal, assisted by Bellingham, at the Power Horse Stadium on the east coast of Spain. Before that, Sergio Arribas had given Almeria an early lead.
Despite the departure of their star player Karim Benzema, who holds the prestigious Ballon d’Or title, Bellingham has quickly taken on the responsibility and made a significant impact by scoring three goals in his first two games. He has seamlessly transitioned into Spanish football, donning the iconic number five shirt previously worn by Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.
For this match, Real Madrid opted to start German duo Toni Kroos and Antonio Rudiger instead of Eduardo Camavinga and the injured Eder Militao. In the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa Arrizabalaga arrived from Chelsea to provide goalkeeping cover, but Andriy Lunin continued to guard the net. However, Lunin could have performed better when he conceded Arribas’s opening goal in the third minute, a header from Lucas Robertone’s cross during a swift counterattack.
Former Real Madrid player Arribas sprinted forward from deep, leaving Fran Garcia behind, and executed a superb header past Lunin, showcasing the impact of his summer transfer. Bellingham swiftly equalized from close range, capitalizing on an opportunity in the box to add to his goal tally. His goal survived a VAR check for potential offside and handball, ensuring its validity.
Throughout the match, Bellingham played as a number 10 and proved to be a challenging presence for Almeria defenders due to his imposing stature and exceptional skills. Kroos appeared to have given Real Madrid the lead just before halftime with a brilliant finish, but the goal was disallowed due to a foul committed by Dani Carvajal. However, Bellingham eventually secured the lead for his team by heading Kroos’s cross into the net at the one-hour mark, showcasing his aerial prowess once again.
In a remarkable coincidence, Bellingham followed in the footsteps of his younger brother Jobe, who scored two goals against Rotherham on the same day in the Championship while playing for Sunderland. Madrid sealed their victory when Bellingham provided an assist to Vinicius, who confidently scored a deflected shot into the top corner of the net. With six points from their first two games, Real Madrid temporarily climbed to the top of the La Liga standings, ahead of Valencia on goal difference.
Meanwhile, champions Barcelona, who drew their opening game against Getafe, are set to face Cadiz on Sunday in their first away match at the Olympic Stadium on Montjuic hill.
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