Jude Bellingham scores in three consecutive games as Real Madrid triumph in Braga.


Jude Bellingham scores in three consecutive games as Real Madrid triumph in Braga.

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Jude Bellingham maintained his impressive form by scoring his third goal in as many Champions League appearances for Real Madrid, contributing to their 2-1 victory over Braga in Portugal on Tuesday. Rodrygo initially put Real ahead, and Bellingham, the English standout, extended the lead just after the sixty-minute mark. Despite Alvaro Djalo pulling one back for Braga, Carlo Ancelotti’s team managed to retain their advantage.

Ancelotti commented, “Overall, I believe we played a strong game. It was disappointing that they scored because up until then, we were firmly in control, and the victory was within reach.”

The outcome places Madrid in a commanding position, boasting the maximum nine points from three matches in Group C, three points ahead of Napoli, who secured a 1-0 victory away against Union Berlin in Germany.

Following a cautious start, Nacho released Vinicius down the left wing, and the Brazilian skillfully squared the ball for a sliding Rodrygo, granting Madrid the lead in the 16th minute.

Madrid briefly thought they had doubled their lead ten minutes before halftime, but Rodrygo’s goal was disallowed as Vinicius was deemed offside when Eduardo Camavinga played him near the halfway line.

Bellingham doubled Madrid’s advantage in the 61st minute, elegantly guiding the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box after a setup by Vinicius. This marked his 11th goal for Real across all competitions since joining the 14-time European champions from Borussia Dortmund this season.

However, Braga narrowed the deficit just two minutes later when Djalo struck a powerful shot past Kepa Arrizabalaga at the near post.

Braga introduced the formidable Bruma, who had initially started on the bench due to fitness concerns. The change almost paid off in the 70th minute when a Ricardo Horta drive narrowly missed the target, saved by Arrizabalaga.

Vinicius thought he had added a goal to his two assists in the 82nd minute, but the linesman’s flag ruled against him as Madrid sought to secure the win.

A VAR check for a penalty in the 89th minute served as Braga’s final hope for an equalizer, as Madrid endured to secure a hard-earned victory.

In the upcoming return fixture on November 8, the Spanish side will strive to secure their spot in the round of 16 as they host Braga.

Having earned the opportunity to start upfront, Brazilian forward Rodrygo will be aiming for his goal to solidify his place in the starting XI for the Clasico against Barcelona on Saturday.

In a post-match interview with UEFA, Vinicius commented on the striker, stating, “I believe it was a confidence boost for him to score, particularly ahead of the Clasico.”

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