Real Madrid’s €103 million man scored his fourth goal in three games, propelling Carlo Ancelotti’s team to their third win of the season.

For the third straight game, Jude Bellingham appeared as Real Madrid’s savior, rescuing his club with a late header that delivered a hard-fought 1-0 victory over a well-organized Celta Vigo side. Los Blancos struggled for long stretches, especially after Vinicius Jr went down with an injury, but came away with a tough road win. Bellingham’s current goal-scoring run has seen him strike four times in three outings since the start of the La Liga season.

Celta Vigo’s early goal was disallowed after four minutes because of a foul on Kepa Arrizabalaga in the buildup. Vinicius Jr was forced to leave the game 10 minutes later due to a right thigh injury, ending Madrid’s good fortune.

The loss of their best player had a big influence on their offensive prowess. Joselu, his substitute, came the closest to scoring in the first half, but his shot was deemed offside by two yards after a ball from Jude Bellingham. Another Bellingham pass provided up Madrid’s most promising opportunity in the second half, setting up Rodrygo, who was then tripped in the penalty box by Celta Vigo’s goalie. Rodrygo, on the other hand, failed to convert the subsequent penalty kick. Nonetheless, Bellingham took advantage of his own opportunity, skillfully sending a header across his marker off a well-executed corner routine, clinching a 1-0 victory in an otherwise uninspiring encounter.

Following the Balaidos match, GOAL analyzes Real Madrid’s players:

Defense & Goalkeeper

Kepa Arrizabalaga (6/10) benefited from a VAR judgment that ruled Celta’s goal was not allowed. Except for some time-wasting in the final seconds, I had little role.
Dani Carvajal (8/10): On the right side, he showed energy, persistence in tackles, and inventiveness. His greatest game of the season thus far.
Antonio Rudiger (7/10): Competently managed Celta’s offensive pair, filling in admirably for the injured Eder Militao.
David Alaba (7 out of 10): Showed poise in the face of an aggressive forward in Strand Larsen. Taken command of the defensive line.
Fran Garcia (6/10): Effective in pushing the ball and improving defensively with each game.

Midfield

Aurelien Tchouameni (6/10): Solid in tackling, but has to improve in the attacking phase. After an hour, he was replaced by Kroos.
Federico Valverde (7 out of 10): Started on the right, then switched to the left. Carrying the ball well and covering ground, but there is potential for growth in the final third due to the team’s limited attacking options.
Eduardo Camavinga (seven out of ten): He continued to be dependable, especially in ball retrieval and accurate passing. Developing into a more capable dribbler. It’s unfortunate that I was substituted.
Jude Bellingham (8/10): Scored the game-winning goal yet again. Created chances, including a noteworthy assist to Rodrygo for a penalty. This is proving to be an excellent buy.

Attack

Rodrygo (5/10): Initially had a promising relationship with Vinicius, but his effect faded following Vinicius’ injury. Madrid’s best chance of the game was squandered when he missed a penalty.
Vinicius Jr (5/10): Showed signs of life before leaving with a hamstring problem, causing Ancelotti anxiety.

Substitutes and the Manager

Vinicius was replaced by Joselu (6/10). He had limited efficacy since he was positioned wide and had difficulty accessing core locations. Bellingham’s winning goal was assisted by him.
Toni Kroos (6/10): Shaky at first after coming in, but helped to Madrid’s dominance.
Luka Modric (6/10): Rhythm was lacking in his brief outings.
Nacho (6/10): Was sent a yellow card to thwart a late Celta Vigo counterattack.
Carlo Ancelotti (6/10): Used his strongest available lineup, but missed Vinicius’ offensive skills. Bellingham’s brilliance saved the day, highlighting the need of his star player’s prompt return.

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