Judd Bellingham comes into clutch again.
Real Madrid traveled north to Vigo to face Celta, who are now coached by former Real Madrid player and coach, Rafa Benitez. In a rare game on Friday night, Carlo Ancelotti’s men were looking to make it three wins in three matches. Vinicius’ injury and missed penalty wasn’t enough to stop Real Madrid, as Jude Bellingham rose to the occasion once again to score the winning goal late in the game.
The full player ratings for the match are below:
Kiba—6: Debut and a clean sheet, but it left fans with mixed feelings. He lacked physicality and was inconsistent with his long ball distribution.
Dani Carvajal – 8: The Spanish fullback continues his trucking run with another solid performance. He played high up the pitch, pressed well and completed 4 tackles.
Tony Rudiger—7: Another day in the office for Tony Rudiger who was solid throughout and gave Celta little chance of goal.
David Alaba—7: Forming a solid partnership with Rudiger, he made some impressive forays into the attacking third. The distribution on the ball was precise, as is often the case.
Fran Garcia—6.5: Playing as a left winger rather than a full back, he kept Celta Vigo’s backline impeccable due to his deadly pace.
Tchwamini – 7: He became the focal point of the build from behind and completed the passes 63/64. He was dazzled by Rabona’s cross after he slashed past two Celta defenders.
Fede Valverde – 8: Excellent performance from Uruguay. He was everywhere – inside right, left winger, winger and defensive midfielder. Had 3 interceptions, 2 completed tackles, won all ground duels (2), made 2 key passes including a ball from outside the shoe, and nearly scored with an unorthodox opportunity from Judd Bellingham.
Eduardo Camavinga – 7: Defensively, he covers the right areas for Fran Garcia and Choameni. Camavinga and Tchoameni were both effective in stifling Celta and keeping them confined to their own half.
Jude Bellingham—8: The man of the moment comes in big again with another important goal to win the match. He had to be patient and disciplined in turn 10 with only a few touches in the first 30 minutes. The play he was involved in was impressive: the pass to Rodrigo to take the penalty, the touch to Valverde for the team’s highest chance, several runs off the ball to move the defenders, and of course the pivotal header.
Vinicius Jr – Unavailable: He was injured after 17 minutes of play.
Rodrigo – 8: I feel Rodrygo’s feeling after the missed penalty, it was the only bad sign for him in this match. He drew the penalty kick which was a nailed goal as the Brazilian got past the defense and past the goalkeeper. He completed a match-high 8 dribbles – consistently resulting in smooth, stunning individual runs with the ball.
Toni Kroos – 7: They imposed their control and increased the positive momentum that Real Madrid achieved in the second half.
Luka Modric – 7: Like Kroos, he helped control the game and kicked the wind out of Celta’s sails. The team won the penalty kick and scored the goal when Kroos and Modric were on the field.
Joselo—6: Gained the assist for the winning goal after connecting with Kroos’ corner kick and nodding the ball towards the back post.
Nacho — Unavailable: A brilliant recovery run after Toni Kroos’s free-kick trap failed late in the game.