Jude Bellingham made a triumphant return from injury, scoring his 14th goal of the season in Real Madrid’s triumph over Cadiz. The midfielder, recovering from a shoulder injury, rejoined the lineup for Sunday’s clash at the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla. Bellingham sealed the victory late in the game following two remarkable goals from the in-form Rodrygo Goes, propelling Madrid to a crucial three points.
With this win, Los Blancos claim the top spot in the La Liga table ahead of Girona’s challenging fixture against Athletic Club on Monday evening.
In the initial stages, the home team displayed commendable bravery by taking the game to Real Madrid. Cadiz came close to reaping the rewards of their positive approach, with Javier Hernandez curling a free kick just over the crossbar, and Alex Fernandez heading wide from a dangerous corner.
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Rodrygo Goes soon punished Cadiz for their missed chances, miraculously weaving past four defenders before netting a top-corner finish, giving Madrid the lead.
Undeterred by falling behind, Cadiz had an opportunity to level the score before halftime, with Marti’s long-range effort well saved by Andriy Lunin.
Real Madrid asserted more authority in the second half, with Rodrygo and Jude Bellingham causing issues for Cadiz’s defense. A chance created by the duo nearly resulted in a goal for Los Blancos, but Rodrygo’s decision-making faltered, resulting in a wayward tap-out for a goal kick.
Around the hour mark, Luka Modric came agonizingly close to scoring the crucial second goal, hitting the post from just outside the penalty area. Shortly after, Rodrygo extended Madrid’s lead, curling the ball beautifully into the top right corner after evading two Cadiz defenders.
The scoring continued as Bellingham, marking his comeback with his 11th La Liga goal, received a precise pass from Rodrygo. The English star drilled a shot across goal into the bottom right corner, sealing Real Madrid’s 3-0 victory.