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Celta Vigo 0-1 Real Madrid: Bellingham's Goal Secures Madrid's Perfect Start

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

England's talented midfielder, Jude Bellingham, proved to be the hero for Real Madrid as he scored a crucial 81st-minute goal, securing a 1-0 victory over Celta Vigo. The narrow victory on Friday night allowed Los Blancos to maintain their flawless record in La Liga this season.

Bellingham showcased his prowess by heading in a well-timed flick-on from Joselu, marking his fourth league goal in only his third appearance for Los Blancos. Despite the high stakes, Celta Vigo's early lead hopes were quashed when Jorgen Strand Larsen's strike was disallowed after a review by the video assistant referee (VAR).

Celta's keeper, Ivan Villar, played a significant role in keeping the scoreline close by saving Rodrygo's second-half penalty. Villar's heroics followed a momentary lapse when he brought down Rodrygo in the penalty area.

While Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid might not have been at their peak performance throughout the match, luck favoured them. Larsen's third-minute goal was nullified due to a foul he committed on new signing Kepa Arrizabalaga during the build-up play.

As the game approached its final moments, Madrid intensified their efforts, and it was the former Borussia Dortmund sensation, Bellingham, who broke the deadlock with a perfectly executed header into the far corner, as the away side left the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos as victors.

However, the victory was slightly marred by an unfortunate injury to forward Vinicius Junior. He had to be substituted in the 18th minute due to what seemed to be a hamstring strain, providing a minor setback in an otherwise triumphant match for Real Madrid.

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