Madrid and off-colour Bellingham get the job done

Jude Bellingham: La Liga champion; Champions League winner. The fairytale continues.

Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over a gallant Borussia Dortmund at Wembley flattered them – second-half goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jnr masking a largely off-colour performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

But Madrid do what they always do, they get the job done.

In truth, Bellingham was poor but, come the final whistle, he was dancing around the centre circle in tears of happiness.

It’s hoped it’s a sight that is replicated in Berlin on July 14.

Early struggles

Bellingham spent the first 45 minutes on the fringes of what was developing into a fine game.

It’s easy to forget he is only 20 and was playing in the biggest game of his club career. Early nerves were apparent as he gave the ball away twice in the opening stages with Ancelotti’s highly-fancied side struggling to make any headway against a well-organised Dortmund defence.

Emre Can was handed the job of shackling the Madrid dangerman and he did so by utilising a mix of brutish force – the former Liverpool man twice catching the England international in the first 30 minutes – and clever positioning, denying Bellingham the space in which he likes to operate.

With Madrid’s much vaunted front three of Bellingham, Vinicius Jnr and Rodrygo offering little, Dortmund started to believe and they ought to have gone into the break at least one goal ahead.

Karim Adeyemi used his lightning speed to get in behind the Madrid defence but took a heavy touch in trying to round Thibaut Courtois and the chance was lost. Niclas Fullkrug then poked a shot against a post although VAR may have intervened had the ball trickled into the net.

👑 𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐄𝐔𝐑𝐎𝐏𝐄 👑

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Author : Jon Fisher

Publish date : 2024-06-01 21:13:18

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