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Bellingham snatches dramatic Clasico win over Barcelona

Real twice came from behind with Vinicius and Vazquez netting to level Christensen and Fermin strikes, before Bellingham rammed home the winner in stoppage time to virtually guarantee his team the title

Update : 22 Apr 2024, 03:56 AM

Jude Bellingham snatched Real Madrid a dramatic 3-2 Clasico win over champions Barcelona Sunday to take them 11 points clear at the top of LaLiga with six matches remaining.

Los Blancos twice came from behind with Vinicius Junior and Lucas Vazquez netting to level Andreas Christensen and Fermin Lopez strikes, before Bellingham rammed home the winner in stoppage time to virtually guarantee his team the title.

Barca, second, bounced back with a strong performance after the Champions League exit at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain but their last stand was demolished by Bellingham.

Real showed the same grit to stay in the match as they did midweek against Manchester City on the way to the final four in Europe, before Bellingham's knock-out blow left the Santiago Bernabeu crowd delighted.

The England international, Real’s top scorer with 21 goals across all competitions, netted twice in Real’s Clasico win over Barca in October and is shining in his first season in Spain.

"We had a great night with our fans, something we all deserved, we took a huge step towards LaLiga," Vazquez, key in all three Real goals, told Real Madrid TV.

"We've had a very good season, we're on a very good path, now we just have to polish it off and we'll go for everything."

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti made three changes from the side that beat City, with Eduardo Camavinga moving to left-back to replace Ferland Mendy, while Luka Modric started in midfield.

Real’s penalty-saving hero against City, goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, made an early mistake to hand Barca the lead.

The Ukrainian strayed from his line to try and deal with a corner but got nowhere near the ball and Christensen nodded into the empty net.

However Real were quickly level through Vinicius, who fired over a fine chance before levelling from the spot.

The sensational Vazquez escaped Joao Cancelo far too easily and was tripped in the area by 17-year old Barca center-back Pau Cubarsi.

Vinicius rolled home from the spot for his 19th goal of the season across all competitions.

Barca were not deterred and made inroads down their right flank with Lamine Yamal giving Camavinga a torrid time.

The 16-year old starlet thought he had equalized with a clever flick from a corner but Lunin pushed the ball to safety, with Barca arguing it had already crossed the line.

LaLiga does not contract goal-line technology and using Video Assistant Referee the officials could not confirm the ball had completely entered the goal, so the Catalans were left frustrated.

Yamal appealed for a penalty minutes later when Camavinga clipped him in the area but the referee waved their cries away.

Raphinha and Ilkay Gundogan both sent free-kicks narrowly off-target, with Barca only having converted one since Lionel Messi departed in 2021.

Barca were dealt a blow on the stroke of half-time when midfielder Frenkie de Jong was taken off on a stretcher after hurting his ankle in a challenge by Fede Valverde.

Xavi Hernandez also brought Lopez on for Christensen at half-time and it paid dividends for the coach after a slower start to the second half.

The midfielder was in the right place at the right time to finish after 69 minutes when Lunin could only parry Yamal's low effort back into danger.

However Real, seeking a fifth league and Champions League double, swiftly struck back when Vinicius crossed to the back post and Vazquez arrived to finish having lost his marker Cancelo.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen made a brilliant save to thwart Vinicius at his near post as the forward sprinted through on goal with Real looking to strike and virtually wrap up their LaLiga title.

Bellingham dealt the killer blow, despite largely being kept quiet by the Catalans until he appeared to emphatically decide the match in stoppage time from Vazquez's cross.

"We fight until the end and we never accept we're beaten," Vazquez added.

RESULTS

Getafe 1 (Latasa 29) Sociedad 1 (Barrenetxea 13)

Almeria 1 (Lozano 30) Villarreal 2 (Akhomach 25, Sorloth 90+2)

Alaves 2 (Benavidez 15, Rioja 90+2) Atletico 0

Real Madrid 3 (Vinicius 18-P, Vazquez 73, Bellingham 90+1) Barcelona 2 (Christnesen 6, Lopez 69)

Saturday

Celta 4 (Aspas 37, 76, Swedberg 39, Douvikas 71) Las Palmas 1 (Herzog 11)

Vallecano 2 (Chavarria 80, Palazon 84) Osasuna 1 (Gomez 29)

Valencia 1 (Pepelu 66-P) Betis 2 (Perez 19, 77) 

Girona 4 (Garcia 9, Martin 22, Dovbyk 71, Portu 82) Cadiz 1 (Escalante 81)

Friday

Athletic 1 (Guruzeta 24) Granada 1 (Inaki 6-og)

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