Jude Bellingham continued his extraordinary start to his Real Madrid career by sliding in a 95th minute winner against Getafe to keep his team top of La Liga and maintain their 100 per cent record at the start of the season.
It was Madrid’s first home game of the season and it started badly with former academy player Borja Mayoral scoring after Fran Garcia’s back pass fell short and gifted Getafe possession.
In the first half they missed the injured Vinicius as they toiled in vain to break down Getafe’s stubborn defence. Bellingham thought he had won a penalty but the referee’s decision was overruled by a VAR check and with David Soria in stunning form for Getafe Madrid went down the tunnel at half time still behind.
In the second half everything changed. The introduction of Toni Kroos transformed the game with the German pinging passes left, right and centre of Getafe’s defence.
Joselu got Madrid back on terms with his first goal for the club since re-signing in the summer. He last played and scored for them at the end of the 2010-11 season under Jose Mourinho.
Jude Bellingham rescued all three points for Real Madrid as they beat Getafe 2-1 to stay top
Carlo Ancelotti’s side sit top of the La Liga table after winning all of their first four matches
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Getafe did not buckle finally forcing their first corner of the game on minute 85. When the fourth official showed nine added minutes the newly-refurbished Santiago Bernabeu believed that maybe another one of those late late winners was on the cards.
Who would score it though? This is the club which lost Karim Benzema in the summer; have since lost Vinicius to injury and did not sign Kylian Mbappe as they had hoped to.
Step forward Bellingham. He had endured his toughest game so far for Madrid caged in by Getafe’s uncompromising central defenders and their two holding midfielders Djene and Omar Alderete – both centre-backs by trade.
By he flew out of that cage with just four minutes left of the nine added minutes to score from close range after Soria had parried Lucas Vazquez’ shot.
Then came that now-famous arms outstretched celebration to an ecstatic Bernabeu. The new stadium was debuting its new roof, and new pitch. Out in the middle there was a new idol winning the game for them.
Spain striker Joselu scored the equaliser for Real just after half time to set up the comeback
Jude Bellingham winner proved to be manger Ancelotti’s get out of jail free card once again
Los Blancos were without the injured Vinicius Junior for the game against Getafe on Saturday
Real Madrid (4-3-1-2): Kepa; Garcia (Fernandez), Alaba, Rudiger, Carvajal (Vazquez); Camavinga (Kroos), Tchouameni (Valverde), Modric (Diaz), Bellingham; Rodrygo, Joselu
Subs not used: Lunin, Gonzalez, Garcia, Paz
Goals: Joselu 47′ Bellingham 90+5′
Booked: Tchouameni, Kroos
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti
Getafe (4-1-3-2): Soria; Suarez (Carmona), Duarte, Mitrovic, Alvarez; Djene, Alena (Iglesias), Alderete (Arambarri), Maksimovic, Mayoral (Lozano), Latasa (Mata)
Subs not used: Fuzato, Benito, Rivera, Angileri
Goals: Borja Mayoral 11′
Booked: Soria, Alvarez, Mayoral, Latasa, Iglesias, Carmona
Manager: Jose Bordalas
Referee: Mario Melero Lopez