- Jude Bellingham scored a sensational brace to help Real Madrid beat Barcelona
- The England midfielder struck twice in the closing stages, most notably a 25-yard screamer
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Jude Bellingham scored the best goal of his Real Madrid career to bring Real Madrid level in the Clasico. And then he scored his most important goal to date – the winning goal, just two minutes before the end of stoppage time.
His 92nd minute goal wasn’t as pretty as the first, but it still went through Marc Andre ter Stegen and gave Real Madrid a win that sends them back to the top of the table.
Bellingham had been quiet in the first half and the second 45 minutes weren’t the wild midfield display we’d expect from him, but his two interventions were fatal for Barcelona.
Xavi’s face when the second one came in told the story. His original game plan had worked, but it was all for naught as Madrid’s steamroller finally got going and crushed Barça’s fragile lead.
It was Ilkay Gündogan who scored the lead for them after just six minutes. The German midfielder had scored eight goals for Manchester City last Premier League season but didn’t even come close to opening his Barça account until he broke through Madrid’s defense and converted the home side’s first chance.
Jude Bellingham scored a sensational 25-yard goal to give Real Madrid an equalizer against Barcelona on Saturday, before scoring the winner in the 92nd minute to seal the game 2-1
The England midfielder continues to impress for Madrid on the biggest stages, now scoring 13 goals in as many games in all competitions
Ilkay Gündogan (left) gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute of the game and scored his first goal for the club
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Antonio Rüdiger, David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni all tried to fend off the danger, but Gündogan stayed clear and got well past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Apart from a long-range shot from Antonio Gündogan, the visitors never really worried Barcelona. However, everything changed in the second third.
Luka Modric replaced Toni Kroos and suddenly Madrid was a different team. Eduardo Camavinga replaced Ferland Mendy and his energy adds a new dimension to Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
But it was someone who had already been on the pitch who turned the game on its head. Bellingham’s rocket from 25 yards shot past Ter Stegen and gave him nine league goals – he only scored eight in all of last season with Borussia Dortmund.
However, he wasn’t finished yet. When Dani Carvajal brought the ball into the middle two minutes into stoppage time, it was a tired cross. It may not have been intended for Modric, but it hit the midfield and ran to Bellingham, who fired past Ter Stegen.
The goalkeeper was asked at the end of the game about Bellingham’s influence on the game and remained silent.
When the question was repeated, he said: “It’s not my place to comment on the rival’s style of play.” It was Barcelona’s job to stop him from playing and they had failed.
His first goal didn’t bring the typical celebration, but the second did. Barcelona didn’t have time to recover.
Substitute Oriol Romeu was able to save a shot from distance and then the final whistle sounded from referee Jesus Gil Manzano.
It was a quick start for the home side Barcelona, but Real slowly got into the game as it progressed
It was also Bellingham’s first appearance in El Clasico as he moved to Real Madrid for £113 million
The former Birmingham City player won the game with a cross in the 92nd minute
This result puts Carlo Ancelotti’s side at the top of LaLiga, four points ahead of Barcelona in third place
Until now, Barcelona fans had never seen their team beaten in their new temporary home. They walked away disappointed.
Gündogan had raised hopes with this early goal. Vinicius had infuriated them late by taking the time to leave the pitch and applaud them sarcastically when Raphinha tried to push him over the touchline, and finally Bellingham had silenced them with that late strike.
Nobody has ever started better in Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo put in an incredible performance at the start but lost his first Clasico.
Bellingham won his victory almost single-handedly – he is on his own and unstoppable even in the home of Madrid’s great rivals.
Mick Jagger was also present at FC Barcelona and wore the Rolling Stones’ “lips” logo on his jersey
The club had joined the Rolling Stones before the Clasico game against Madrid
Barcelona XI: (3-4-1-2) Ter Stegen; Cancelo (77′ Yamal), Araújo, Christensen, Balde; Gündogan, I. Martinez, Gavi; Lopez (72′ Romeu), Torres (61′ Lewandowski), Félix (77′ Raphinha).
Unused subs: Alonso, Astralaga, Casado, Cubarsi, Fort, Guiu, Kounde, Pena.
Goals: Gündogan 6′
Real Madrid XI: (4-1-3-2) Arrizabalaga; Carvajal, Rüdiger, Alaba, Mendy (52′ Camavinga); Tchouaméni, Kroos (63′ Modric); Valverde, Bellingham, Vinícius Jr. (90+5′ Lucas); Rodrygo (63′ Joselu).
Unused subs: Diaz, Fernandez, Garcia, Lunin, Pineiro del Alamo.
Goals: Bellingham 68′; 90+5′
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti