Jude Bellingham scored his seventeenth purpose of the season in Actual Madrid’s essential 4-1 win over Villarreal in La Liga.
The England celebrity opened the scoring for Madrid earlier than targets from targets from Rodrygo Goes, Brahim Diaz and Luka Modric secured the three factors on the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid’s win sees them go high of the La Liga desk as soon as once more, with Girona set to face off in opposition to Deportivo Alaves on Monday night.
How the sport unfolded
As anticipated, Actual Madrid dominated the opening exchanges of the sport on the Santiago Bernabeu, with the midfield of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde expertly dictating the tempo of the sport.
It could be the previous of the trio who’d create the primary opening of the sport for Los Blancos within the twenty fifth minute – a gap that may lead to a purpose for the house facet. Modric’s first time dinked cross into the again publish space was brilliantly met by Jude Bellingham (who else?), and the England star made no mistake along with his subsequent header – thumping it into the far proper nook of the online.
12 minutes later, it was 2-0. The second purpose was scored by the in-form Rodrygo Goes, who latched on to a free ball within the Villarreal field to side-foot residence his ninth purpose in his final 11 appearances.
Madrid had been cruising within the recreation, controlling possession with relative ease, up till the 54th minute when Jose Morales raced onto a Dani Parejo after which fired underneath the physique of Andriy Lunin and into the again of the online.
That purpose woke Actual Madrid up a bit and, ten minutes later, Brahim Diaz restored his facet’s two purpose lead with a surprising purpose. The diminutive ahead oscillated previous Aissa Mandi on the half-way line earlier than racing into the penalty field the place, with a fast drop of the shoulder, he slipped previous Raul Albiol after which fired brilliantly into the again of the online.
Quickly after, it was 4-1. Luka Modric bagged his first purpose of the season within the 68th minute, coolly side-footing into the underside left nook from the right-hand facet of the penalty space.
GK: Andriy Lunin – 5/10 – Maybe ought to’ve performed higher with the purpose he conceded.
RB: Lucas Vazquez – 7/10 – Notched an help and carried out very effectively whereas deputising for the injured Dani Carvajal.
CB: Antonio Rudiger – 6/10 – The German worldwide had little or no to do within the defensive third.
CB: David Alaba – N/A – Suffered what appeared like a severe damage early within the recreation.
LB: Ferland Mendy – 4/10 – Hooked at half-time after a moderately tepid opening 45 on the left flank.
CM: Federico Valverde – 6/10 – Labored his socks off in a deeper position.
CM: Toni Kroos – 6/10 – Tidy as ever on the ball, finishing 94% of his passes on the night time.
CM: Luka Modric – 8/10 – Bagged his first purpose of the 2023/24 season and in addition chipped in with an help in a sometimes good efficiency.
AM: Brahim Diaz – 8/10 – Scored a surprising solo purpose, beating two defenders on his approach to his fourth of the season on the Santiago Bernabeu.
ST: Rodrygo Goes – 7/10 – After a tough begin to the season, Rodrygo has been on hearth in current weeks, bagging one more purpose within the win on Sunday.
ST: Jude Bellingham – 8/10 – After all he scored. This time is was a surprising header which gave Madrid the lead early within the first half. There isn’t any one higher on this planet proper now.
SUB: Nacho Fernandez (35′ for Alaba) – 6/10
SUB: Fran Garcia (45′ for Mendy) – 6/10
SUB: Dani Ceballos (78′ for Toni Kroos) – 6/10
SUB: Aurelien Tchouameni (78′ for Bellingham) – 6/10
SUB: Joselu (84′ for Brahim) – N/A
Supervisor – Carlo Ancelotti – 7/10 – Trusted Brahim Diaz as a substitute of Joselu on Sunday, and his determination greater than paid off. He is getting the best possible out of his small squad of match gamers proper now.
Participant of the match: Luka Modric (Actual Madrid)
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