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Bellingham double helps Real thump Girona


Bellingham double helps Real thump Girona

Real Madrid moved five points clear at the top of the LaLiga table with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Girona on Saturday (Feb 10). In what was billed as a title-decider, Madrid ensured there was no doubting the identify of La Liga's dominant side with a rampant performance that yielded a deservedly dominant scoreline. Vinicius Junior opened the scoring early on and Jude Bellingham netted in both halves, before Rodrygo finished things off with an excellent solo goal.

Jude Bellingham scored twice before going off injured as leaders Real Madrid thumped title challengers Girona to go five points clear in LaLiga. A sensational long-range drive from Vinicius Jr gave Madrid an early lead at the Bernabeu.

Bellingham then scored his first of the game from a sublime Vinicius pass before converting his 20th of the season after half-time.

Rodrygo made it 4-0, before Joselu struck the post with a late penalty.

Bellingham has now scored more La Liga goals for Real Madrid than any other midfielder in a single season this century - but the England international's night ended on a sour note as he was forced off with an ankle injury.

He fell to the ground after colliding with Pablo Torre and was treated on the pitch for several minutes before gingerly getting to his feet.

Determined to continue, the 20-year-old struck his second of the game after Paulo Gazzaniga had saved Vinicius' initial effort, but he was too hurt to carry on and was replaced by Brahim Diaz moments later.

He was pictured on the Madrid bench with an ice pack strapped to his foot, but manager Carlo Ancelotti says the injury is nothing more than a sprained ankle and is "hopeful" Bellingham will recover in time for Tuesday's trip to RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

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