Cadiz 0-3 Real Madrid: Rodrygo and Bellingham star in win

Real Madrid  smashed Cadiz to go top of La Liga thanks to outstanding performances from Rodrygo and Jude Bellingham.

The English midfielder Bellingham marked his return to action with a goal: his 14th of the season so far. Bellingham now surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo’s tally of 13 goals in his first 15 games.


Real Madrid star Bellingham’s return to action

The midfielder had endured a spell on the sidelines with a shoulder injury but was back in the lineup for Sunday’s clash at the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla. Bellingham capped off the scoring late in the game after two stunning goals from the in-form Rodrygo Goes set Madrid on their way to three crucial points.

Cadiz 0-3 Real Madrid – Highlights

The home side impressed in the opening exchanges, showing bravery in taking the game to Real Madrid. Cadiz were almost rewarded for their positive gameplan in the opening ten minutes, with Javier Hernandez curling a free kick just over the crossbar and Alex Fernandez heading wide from a dangerous corner delivery into the box.

Cadiz were made to pay for missing those chances by Rodrygo Goes shortly after. The Brazilian gave Madrid the lead after latching onto the ball on the left-hand side of the penalty and miraculously weaving his way past four defenders before firing into the top corner of the net.

Cadiz 0-3 Real Madrid
Cadiz 0-3 Real Madrid

Not to be deterred by going behind, Cadiz came the closest of the two sides to bagging the game’s second goal before half-time. Marti came close to drawing his side level in the 39th minute, seeing a fierce long-range effort be well saved by Andriy Lunin, who was at full stretch to tip the ball wide of the post.

Real Madrid began to dominate proceedings with much more authority at the start of the second half, with Rodrygo and Jude Bellingham causing Cadiz’s backline some problems. One problem the pair created almost resulted in a goal for Los Blancos, as Bellingham twisted past two defenders before feeding the ball through to Rodrygo.

Great display by Rodrygo at Cadiz
Great display by Rodrygo at Cadiz

When one-on-one with the goalkeeper, however, Rodrygo got caught in two minds about whether to square the ball to his strike partner Joselu or have a pop-on goal himself, and, in the end, he did neither – tapping waywardly out for a goal kick instead.

On the hour mark, Los Blancos came within a whisker of that all-important second goal through Luka Modric. The midfielder, who had been thoroughly impressive throughout the game, cannoned the ball off the foot of the post from just outside the penalty area.

Moments later, Madrid got their deserved second. Rodrygo was once again the goalscorer for Carlo Ancelotti’s side – racking up his eighth goal contribution in his last three games – with the Brazilian curling the ball beautifully into the top right corner of the net after drifting past two Cadiz defenders.

Not too long after, it was 3-0, with Jude Bellingham marking his return from injury with his 11th La Liga goal of the season. Rodrygo would turn provider this time, playing the ball to Bellingham on the left of the box before the England superstar drilled across the goal and into the bottom right corner of the net.

The win sees Los Blancos go top of the La Liga table ahead of Girona’s tricky encounter with Athletic Club on Monday evening.

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