Real Madrid 2-1 Getafe (Sep 2, 2023) Game Analysis – ESPN

Real Madrid 2-1 Getafe (Sep 2, 2023) Game Analysis – ESPN

Jude Bellingham again proved the matchwinner as he struck in added time to snatch a 2-1 victory for Real Madrid over Getafe as they made their home debut in LaLiga this season.

The England midfielder, who has quickly became a talisman and fan favourite, got his fifth goal in his first four games after joining Madrid from Borussia Dortmund.

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Madrid are top on a maximum 12 points from four games, five ahead of Atletico Madrid, Girona and Barcelona, who have yet to play this weekend, and Cadiz who beat Villarreal 3-1 on Friday.

Borja Mayoral opened the scoring for Getafe in the 11th minute after a mistake by defender Fran García and visiting goalkeeper David Soria preserved their lead through to halft-ime with a string of stunning saves.

First he launched himself outside the box to clear with his shoulder andthen made a brilliant one-handed save from Luka Modric’s close-range header before a reflex stop with his left foot to keep out Joselu’s point-blank strike.

Madrid’s players complained about several refereeing decisions in the first half, including a potential penalty that was given as a foul on Bellingham but then not awarded after the referee went to the VAR booth and saw no infringement.

But Madrid attacked after the break and Joselu equalised from a loose ball inside the six-yard box in the 47th minute

Jude Bellingham has not taken long to adjust following his move to Real Madrid.

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Madrid put Getafe under relentless pressure andhit the woodwork three times much to the disappointment of the near sold-out Santiago Bernabeu, which has been refurbished.

Nearing the final stages of a 900 million euro renovation project, the stadium looks impressive and had its new retractable roof closed on a rainy day in the Spanish capital.

Rodrygo missed several chances and Soria made another two great stops until LaLiga top scorer Bellingham was in the right place at the right time to score from a rebound off the keeper, who could not hold onto a Lucas Vázquez strike from distance.

“Winning always tastes good,” Joselu told Real Madrid TV. “The Bernabeu crowd has pushed us, our people are incredible. We earned three golden points to make it four wins out of four games.”

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