Bellingham scores twice as irresistible Real Madrid threetss

In the hours leading up to this unexpected title decision, posters appeared near the Santiago Bernabéu stadium declaring that Girona was forever dreaming; A harsh awakening awaited them. Carlo Ancelotti insisted that whatever happened here the title race did not continue, but in the end it was difficult not to see this as final. Not only did Real Madrid beat their most unlikely rivals in La Liga to take a five-point lead, it was how they did it.

Jude Bellingham scored twice and one each for Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo to seal the win. Girona’s form has been impressive this season, but when it comes down to it, Real Madrid have simply been too good, reaffirming their superiority. Ancelotti said this was their best display of the season “in every sense” and the timing could not have been better.

Girona, the great discovery of La Liga, had come this far playing their way and had no intention of changing that. The problem is that, as Mike Tyson famously said, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth, and as the visitors kept possession in the first few minutes, it took Real Madrid five shots to land the first of many blows. It was delivered without warning, and it was a hell of a hit too. Vinicius advanced from the left side and shot the ball from the edge of the penalty area into the far corner.

Girona did not have a single shot on target in the first 45 minutes of the match, and the fact that their two centre-backs did not play at centre-back went unnoticed speaks well of Aurélien Chouamini and Dani Carvajal. Ancelotti’s team handled this brilliantly, proving irresistible. Kroos gently controlled everything, his diagonal passes with unbelievable ease. Camavinga was everywhere. Vinicius was an electrician. Arda Guler’s touch was magical at the end of the match.

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