Thursday, February 29, 2024

Real Madrid defeated Girona and moved away from the top of the table

The merengue team is 11 points behind Barcelona, ​​​​who face Granada on Sunday.

With a double from Jude Bellingham and a great performance from Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid beat Girona 4-0, taking a solid step towards winning the Spanish league on Saturday.

Vini broke the score with a fantastic cross shot from outside the area, which went into the goal after hitting the post in the sixth minute.

Bellingham widened in the 35th, on a breakaway where he made a good pass from the wing of Vinicius, to find out inside the area after taking down goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

The Englishman Bellingham reached 16 goals in the course of 54 minutes, after pushing a rebound from Gazzaniga into the nets, after an invasion to the place of Vinicius from the left sector. It was his fourth double of the tournament.

Rodrygo Goes joined the goal festivities in the 61st, after stealing the ball from Vinicius, who headed to the balcony where he took a shot from mid-range into the net.

The victory consolidates the meringues at the top of the standings with 61 points, five ahead of Girona, who suffered their second defeat of the season, both at the hands of the whites.

Barcelona is now 11 points behind the leader when it remains to celebrate its duel of the day against Granada on Sunday.

Real Madrid’s undefeated streak reached 18 games, where they won 14 and drew four.

“We did everything the coach asked us to do. Pushing his play and lowering the line of his play. This is the difference: if the team wants, it will be very difficult to beat us,” said Vini.

Vinicius scored seven goals in the course (12 goals in the season); He had a great performance in a week marked by rumors of the possible arrival of French star Kylian Mbappé at Real Madrid for next season.

Bellingham ended a three-day fast without scoring to continue as the goal leader by reaching 16 goals and breaking the tie with Artem Dovbyk (Girona) and Borja Mayoral (Getafe).

For Rodrygo it was his eighth goal of the championship (13 in all competitions) and he scored for the first time in seven days.

Joselu threw away the chance to score the fifth goal after failing in the last play of the game, a penalty committed against Arda Guler.

Madrid solved this game without difficulties despite not having natural central defenders, after Antonio Rüdiger missed his second game in a row with a knock on his knee; Nacho Fernández is also unavailable due to physical discomfort.

Eder Militao and David Alaba have been out of action for several weeks after suffering cruciate ligament ruptures in their knees.

Despite using winger Dani Carvajal and midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni to perform duties as central defenders, Madrid had no problems in defense as their opponent did not get any shots on goal.

Bellingham was substituted three minutes after scoring his second goal because of discomfort in his left ankle.

Now Real Madrid must think about Tuesday’s game in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League when they visit RB Leipzig.

Against Budimir he scored the goal in which Osasuna won 1-0 in their visit to Real Sociedad, who will go into their Champions League match against PSG with this defeat on their backs.

The victory leaves the Navarrese team in 11th position with 29 points; Seventh is the San Sebastian team with 37 units.

In the first match, Alavés tied in front of their fans 1-1 against Villarreal.

Alavés is in 12th position with 27 units; “Yellow Submarine” is 13th with 25.

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