Real Madrid’s new signing Jude Bellingham scored in the second half to earn his side a third straight win as they beat Celta Vigo 1-0 in LaLiga on Friday to maintain a perfect start.
The 20-year-old once again led the Spanish giants’ attack, scoring for the fourth time in his first three league games.
Celta might have had an early lead, but the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled out Jorgen Strand Larsen’s strike.
Their keeper, Ivan Villar, then saved Rodrygo’s second-half penalty, having brought the forward down in the area.
Madrid were far from their best in a frantic match and were fortunate Larsen was adjudged to have fouled visiting keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the build-up to his third-minute finish.
Real were dealt an early blow as Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr. was forced off with a leg problem after 15 minutes, a notable loss for Carlo Ancelotti’s side that comes on top of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Eder Militao’s injuries.
Rodrygo had a golden chance to give Real the lead in the 68th minute with a penalty after goalkeeper Ivan Villar tripped him in the box. However, Villar redeemed himself as he dived to his right to keep out the Brazilian forward’s spot kick.
But England midfielder Bellingham did put La Liga leaders Real in front 10 minutes from time with a header from Joselu’s touch off a corner to maintain his impressive start.