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Bellingham breaks record as Real Madrid beat Napoli

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Real Madrid side have now won five consecutive games in all competitions

Jude Bellingham became the first player to score in each of his first four Champions League appearances for Real Madrid as they saw off spirited Napoli.

The England midfielder headed in David Alaba’s cross in the 22nd minute to put the 14-time winners 2-1 ahead.

It was the 20-year-old’s 15th goal in his 16th appearance for Los Blancos.

He also assisted the fourth goal for Joselu in added time as Real continued their perfect record in this season’s Champions League with a 4-2 win.

“He’s spectacular in getting into the box; he comes into the box like a motorbike,” Real manager Carlo Ancelotti told Movistar Plus.

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“It’s surprising because nobody could have imagined such a fast adaptation here to this club and the football he is showing. He surprises the fans, teammates, and even rivals.”

Giovanni Simeone opened the scoring for the visitors in the ninth minute, but Rodrygo’s brilliant curling effort brought Real level two minutes later.

Bellingham then put the home side ahead, but Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa equalized for the Italian champions just after the restart with a powerful volley from a tight angle.

Teenage substitute Nico Paz, the son of former Argentina defender Pablo, scored the third for the hosts in the 84th minute before Bellingham brilliantly crossed with the outside of his right boot for former Newcastle United and Stoke City striker Joselu to tap in.

Real had already advanced to the last 16 as Group C winners after matchday four, and, even though they lost in Spain, Napoli remain second, three points ahead of their final opponents in the group, Sporting Braga.

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