Real Madrid Scores 2-0 Victory with Bellingham Benched
In an unexpected turn of events, Jude Bellingham was notably absent from Real Madrid's starting lineup for the first time this season. Nevertheless, Real Madrid managed to secure a comfortable 2-0 victory against Las Palmas, demonstrating their resilience in the game.
Bellingham found himself on the bench, along with the returning Vinicius, who joined the action in the final half-hour. By that point, the hard work had already been done.
Stepping into Bellingham's shoes in the top midfield spot was Brahim Diaz, a choice that coach Carlo Ancelotti had publicly defended, despite some criticism following a lackluster performance in the Madrid derby.
Brahim Diaz made an impact, scoring the first goal of the match before Joselu secured the win with a second goal. It was Joselu's fourth goal in his fourth home start, putting the result well beyond Las Palmas' reach.
While Bellingham watched from the sidelines, Real Madrid struggled to break through early on. They dominated the game, but Joselu missed an early opportunity when he failed to capitalize on a pass from Antonio Rudiger.
Joselu then set up Brahim Diaz, who, with a heavy first touch, allowed Alvaro Valles to make a crucial save, leading to a half-hearted penalty appeal. Brahim had another chance but shot wide, only to be thwarted by an offside flag.
Nacho tested Valles, but the keeper saved his attempts, including another shot from Joselu. Just before half-time, Valles used his feet to deny Joselu once again. Las Palmas' goalkeeper was proving to be a formidable obstacle.
The first half had been frustrating for Real Madrid, and the situation worsened when David Alaba left the field due to injury. Lucas Vazquez replaced him, with Nacho moving to the center-back position.
It was Lucas Vazquez who provided the cross from the right that found Brahim Diaz. Brahim deftly controlled the ball and netted, giving Real Madrid a 1-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Joselu finally found the target, heading in a cross from Rodrygo in the 54th minute. Vinicius entered the game at the hour mark, showcasing some magical touches, but by then, Real Madrid had already secured the three points they needed to move above Barcelona in the LaLiga standings, though not to the top spot.
Simultaneously, Girona defeated Villarreal, putting them at the summit of the standings after seven games played.
In conclusion, the unexpected lineup change didn't deter Real Madrid from clinching a 2-0 victory, and they remain determined to regain the LaLiga title they narrowly missed out on last season.