Bellingham decides El Clasico in favour of Real Madrid
It was an evening that promised to be one of the classics, and it did not disappoint. In a gripping encounter at the Camp Nou, Barcelona hosted their arch-rivals Real Madrid for the much-awaited El Clasico showdown. While both teams started the match with an impressive points tally, with Barcelona on 24 and Real Madrid on 25 from their first ten games, the evening had an extra layer of drama courtesy of Jude Bellingham, Real Madrid’s recent sensation. With only 6 minutes on the clock, Ilkay Gündogan found the back of the net, giving the Blaugrana a dream start.
Bellingham Shines Again
However, Real Madrid, under the guidance of their seasoned players and the youthful exuberance of Bellingham, remained resolute, not letting the early setback faze them. Their persistence bore fruit in the 68th minute, with Bellingham continuing his magnificent form to draw the visitors level. This was his 9th goal in 11 league appearances, a testament to his incredible impact since joining the Los Blancos.
As the game entered the final moments, it looked set for a draw, which would have been a fair reflection of the evening’s proceedings. But football, as they say, can be cruel. With just moments away from the final whistle, in the 92nd minute, a masterclass from Luka Modrić found Bellingham, who, with nerves of steel, netted the ball, sealing a last-gasp victory for Real Madrid.
The win takes Real Madrid to 28 points, establishing a clear lead at the top of the table. While Barcelona will rue the lost opportunity, they can take solace from the quality of their play against one of the top teams. For Real Madrid, the night will be remembered for the heroics of young Bellingham, who, at this rate, is quickly becoming one of the most valuable players in the football world.
This El Clasico had everything - passion, drama, and last-minute thrills, proving once again why it remains one of the most anticipated fixtures in the football calendar. Both teams will now look forward to their upcoming fixtures, with the season shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent times.