Bellingham gives Real last-gasp win at Barca | ‘Extraordinary Jude like a veteran’

Jude Bellingham scored twice, including an injury-time winner, as Real Madrid fought back from a goal down to beat Barcelona 2-1 in El Clasico.

Barcelona made the perfect start with midfielder Ilkay Gundogan opening the scoring from close range in the sixth minute by taking advantage of a bad defensive mistake by the visitors.

However, Barca, who hit the woodwork twice, were punished for failing to convert their dominance into goals as Bellingham made the most of the two chances he had in the second half.

First he unleashed an unstoppable strike from range into the upper-left corner in the 68th minute and then, in stoppage time, he scored the winner after collecting a Luka Modric pass inside the box.

Jude Bellingham

They were Bellingham’s 12th and 13th goals in 13 games in all competitions since he joined Real Madrid this summer, including a Spanish league-leading 10 goals in 11 matches.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said on Bellingham’s contribution: “We’re all surprised by the amount of goals Jude has scored. He’s incredible, extraordinary.

“He seems like a veteran. He has a very good attitude.

“The equaliser changed the entire dynamic. We became stronger and had more energy and Barcelona started to get weaker – they had played better until that moment.”

The win sees Real Madrid remain top, level on 28 points with second-placed Girona, with Barcelona in third place, four points back.

How Real fought back to stun Barca…

Real Madrid's Jude Bellingham, left, celebrates with Real Madrid's Antonio Rudiger, centre, after scoring his side's opening goal during the La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
Bellingham was Real Madrid’s match-winner with his double against Barcelona

Barca took the lead on six minutes when Gundogan combined with fellow former Manchester City player Ferran Torres and calmly fired past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Vinicius Junior spurned a chance to level and Barca almost doubled their advantage when Fermin Lopez struck the post.

Real also hit the woodwork when Dani Carvajal drove against an upright before the break.

Lopez hit the post again early in the second half and Kepa reacted quickly to deny Ronald Araujo on the rebound.

Real began to rally in the latter stages with Aurelien Tchouameni having a powerful drive touched on to the frame of the goal.

Bellingham then took charge of proceedings when he brilliantly curled home a shot from 25 yards.

The game could still have gone either way and Robert Lewandowski had a chance to put Barca back ahead when he fired over 10 minutes from time.

It was Bellingham who was to have the final say, however. The 20-year-old was once again in the right place at the right time as he pounced to clip home after a Carvajal cross that was flicked on by Modric

Rolling Stones Jagger and Wood attend Clasico

Rolling Stones stars Sir Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood attended El Clasico.

The singer and guitarist turned up at the Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium for the match, to see the home side Barcelona wearing special shirts featuring the band’s logo.

Barcelona are playing their home matches at the venue this season while their Nou Camp stadium is being remodelled.

The Catalan side’s players wore special shirts for the game featuring the Rolling Stones’ famous ‘hot lips’ logo in place of the normal shirt sponsor. The shirts were also on sale.

Before kick-off, Barcelona displayed a mosaic of burgundy and blue along with a huge Rolling Stones logo.

Barcelona, who have a sponsorship deal with audio-streaming service Spotify, have worn special shirts for recent ‘Clasicos’ featuring the logos of Spanish pop star Rosalia and Canadian rapper Drake.

Meanwhile, Madrid had a bit of fun with the alliance between the Stones and Barcelona
after the game. It posted an image of Bellingham with the message: “The Beatles were always my favourite band” on X.

Bellingham’s fans have often sung Beatles hit Hey Jude to praise the player.

Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood attended El Clasico
Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood attended El Clasico

Jagger and Wood attended Barcelona vs Real Madrid  to see the home side wear special shirts featuring the Rolling Stones' logo.
Jagger and Wood attended Barcelona vs Real Madrid to see the home side wear special shirts featuring the Rolling Stones’ logo

A logo of the English rock band Rolling Stones seen on the Barcelona's Joao Felix's shirt during the La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
Barcelona’s Joao Felix in the shirt with the Rolling Stones’ logo

‘Modric changed the game’

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti:

“We were too slow in the first half. We were not very aggressive, not very forceful in the duels. At half-time, I told the players that sometimes we lose. But not like this. We had to play with more energy and passion.

“We were way better in the second half, more aggressive. Just better. We didn’t want a draw. We wanted to win.

“Luka [Modric] changed the game, absolutely. He kept the ball and controlled everything. He changed the game.”

Gavi: We deserved to win the game

Barcelona midfielder Gavi:

“We deserved to win the game from start to finish.

“It’s a shame about those two moments when they scored their two goals. The league season is very long, and we must keep going.

“It’s all about fine margins. Their first goal made the difference in the game. We can’t afford to be so unfocused in those situations.”

What’s next?

Barcelona visit Real Sociedad in LaLiga next Saturday; kick-off 8pm. Meanwhile, Real Madrid host Rayo Vallecano on Sunday at 8pm.

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