Real Madrid 4-0 Girona: Jude Bellingham scores twice but goes off injured as Real Madrid thump Girona

Jude Bellingham (left) has scored more La Liga goals for Real Madrid in a single season than any other midfielder this century

Jude Bellingham scored twice before going off injured as leaders Real Madrid thumped title challengers Girona to go five points clear in La Liga.

A sensational long-range drive from Vinicius Jr gave Madrid an early lead at the Bernabeu.

Bellingham then scored his 19th goal of the season from a sublime Vinicius pass before converting from close range after half-time.

Rodrygo made it 4-0, before Joselu struck the post with a late penalty.

Bellingham has now scored more La Liga goals for Real Madrid than any other midfielder in a single season this century – but the England international’s night ended on a sour note as he was forced off with an apparent ankle ligament injury.

He fell to the ground after colliding with Pablo Torre and was treated on the pitch for several minutes before gingerly getting to his feet.

Determined to continue, the 20-year-old struck his second of the game after Paulo Gazzaniga had saved Vinicius’ initial effort, but he was too hurt to carry on and was replaced by Brahim Diaz moments later.

He was pictured on the Madrid bench with an ice pack strapped to his foot, but the fact he was able to add to his tally before making way for Diaz suggests the injury might not be as serious as first feared.

‘They are in awe of Jude’

Bellingham had scored only once since the turn of the year – in a 3-2 victory over Almeria on 21 January – but Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague feels the former Birmingham and Dortmund player has blossomed into a “complete midfielder” since joining Real Madrid in the summer.

“They are in awe of Jude in Madrid,” Balague said. “He is, perhaps with [Antoine] Griezmann, the best player in La Liga at the moment.

“[His recent lack of goals] is partly down to the fact that he’s asked to be more involved in both offensive and defensive work – and a little bit deeper.

“But [he is] in the top seven in goals scored, actions finished, and in defensive stats [like] recovering the ball. He’s been outstanding.”

The victory extends Madrid’s unbeaten La Liga run to 18 matches – their longest stretch without defeat since 2021.

Girona, meanwhile, remain in an excellent position in the top four despite slipping to just their second league defeat of an outstanding campaign.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 13Lunin
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Tchouaméni
  • 2Carvajal
  • 23MendyBooked at 76minsSubstituted forGarcíaat 77′minutes
  • 15Valverde
  • 8KroosSubstituted forModricat 70′minutes
  • 5BellinghamSubstituted forDíazat 57′minutes
  • 12Camavinga
  • 11RodrygoSubstituted forJoseluat 70′minutes
  • 7Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forGülerat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Modric
  • 14Joselu
  • 19Ceballos
  • 20García
  • 21Díaz
  • 24Güler
  • 25Arrizabalaga Revuelta
  • 26Piñeiro
  • 41Ramón

Girona

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Gazzaniga
  • 20Bueno CoutoBooked at 68mins
  • 25García
  • 15Ramírez LópezBooked at 21mins
  • 3Gutiérrez
  • 23MartínSubstituted forSolísat 70′minutes
  • 14García
  • 8TsygankovSubstituted forFernándezat 70′minutes
  • 24Portugués ManzaneraSubstituted forTorreat 45′minutes
  • 16Moreira de Oliveira
  • 9DovbykSubstituted forStuaniat 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Martín Corral
  • 4Martínez
  • 7Stuani
  • 10García
  • 11Fernández
  • 18Torre
  • 22Solís
  • 26Fuidias
  • 35Yaakobishvili
  • 36Artero

Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera

Attendance:
76,585

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