Jude Bellingham continued his scintillating form, notching his fourth goal in three games, as Real Madrid secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Celta Vigo on Friday, maintaining a perfect record of three wins in as many La Liga matches.
Real Madrid’s marquee signing of the summer, Bellingham, previously found the net in their 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the season opener and twice in a 3-1 win against Almeria last weekend. His performances are validating the substantial €130 million ($142 million) transfer from Borussia Dortmund.
In the clash at Vigo, it was Bellingham’s moment to shine again. In the 81st minute, he slipped into the penalty area and executed a precise header to clinch the winning goal against a Celta Vigo side that had squandered its own scoring opportunities.
Bellingham’s crucial goal was made possible by Joselu Mato, who replaced Vinicius Junior in the 16th minute due to a suspected leg injury. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Vinicius would undergo tests to assess the extent of his injury.
Celta Vigo’s goalkeeper, Ivan Villar, demonstrated his mettle by denying Rodrygo’s penalty in the 68th minute, following a foul on the forward in the penalty area, courtesy of a Bellingham pass. The host’s Iago Aspas came close to equalizing just minutes later but scuffed his shot wide.
In a concerning moment, Celta’s American player, Luca de la Torre, required medical attention on the pitch and was subsequently substituted, although he left the field under his own power.
Real Madrid started newly signed goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, with Andriy Lunin returning to the bench. Kepa’s presence was necessitated by the absence of the injured regular starter, Thibaut Courtois.
Under the management of Rafa Benítez this summer, Celta Vigo remained winless in three games. Additionally, Real Sociedad played out a goalless draw against Las Palmas in another La Liga fixture.