Between Real Madrid and Girona, the long-awaited clash of the 24th day of La Liga turned into a show of force from the first towards the second. Dominant throughout the entire game, Real inflicted a scathing defeat on its main competitor for the title in a white-hot Santiago-Bernabéu (4-0). Thanks to this emphatic victory marked by the seals of Vinicius Junior and Jude Bellingham, the Madrilenians take a five-point lead at the top of the standings and prepare as best as possible for their trip this Tuesday to Leipzig for the round of 16 first leg of the League of Nations. Champions.
Last weekend, the draw between Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid left the suspense a little respite over the identity of the next champion of Spain. In reality, could Real Madrid decently fear Girona in its quest for a thirty-sixth national crown? In view of the first leg in Catalonia where the White House won 3-0, no. And at the end of this sort of revenge, there are even more reasons to think that Real are alone on their planet in Spain. Against Girona, the Merengue collective not only had an eighteenth match without defeat in the league, but the royal club also proved to its competitors from the Old Continent that it was ready to hit the ground running with a view to hanging on a new C1 to his list of achievements.
Vinicius as conductor, Bellingham’s ankle in care
From the first minutes of the match, Real went into steamroller mode. With a distant and precise shot, Vinicius overtook Paulo Gazzaniga to open the scoring thanks to a golazo (7th). In great form, the Brazilian multiplied the offensive breakthroughs from the left flank and distilled a series of caviars from which the untenable Bellingham could only benefit. The second goal, resulting from a marvelous pass from a Vinicius on his thirty-one, is the perfect illustration of this (35th, 2-0). Asphyxiated in almost all areas of the game, Girona spent his time suffering from the white waves. Halftime did nothing to change this feeling of helplessness against an opponent who clearly did not box in the same category.
From his technical area, Carlo Ancelotti delighted in a new dribbling festival from Vinicius. If Gazzaniga was able to prevent the Auriverde star from scoring a new legendary goal, the Argentinian had to bow to the opportunism of Bellingham who came to score a double (54th, 3-0). Hit in the left ankle just before planting this third banderilla, number 5 came out to treat this unexpected incident. From then on, Rodrygo had fun adding his name to the list of scorers (61st, 4-0), then Real suddenly calmed the game down. At the end of the match, a penalty from Joselu on the post closed the show (90th). It wasn’t a manita in Madrid, but it was still quite a visual slap in the face.