In a thrilling Champions League clash at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Jude Bellingham’s exceptional performance played a pivotal role in securing a 3-2 victory for Real Madrid over Napoli.
The opening goal came from Leo Skiri Ostigard, who put Napoli ahead in the 19th minute by heading in the rebound from Natan’s initial shot that had struck the crossbar.
Real Madrid’s response came courtesy of Vinicius Jr, who equalized after a precise through ball from Bellingham, slotting home from a challenging angle.
Bellingham himself showcased his brilliance with a remarkable solo effort. He received the ball deep in midfield, skillfully weaving his way through Napoli’s defense before curling a shot into the net from inside the box.
The second half witnessed Napoli’s determination, and they found the equalizer when Piotr Zielinski converted from the penalty spot after Victor Osimhen’s shot was blocked by Nacho Fernandez’s arm.
However, Real Madrid had the last say in this thrilling contest. A dramatic late winner arrived when Federico Valverde’s long-range strike hit the crossbar and deflected off goalkeeper Alex Meret, ultimately securing all three points for Real Madrid.
With this victory, Carlo Ancelotti’s team climbed to the top of Group C with six points from their first two matches, following their earlier 1-0 win over Union Berlin.
Napoli, on the other hand, occupy the second position in the group, ahead of third-placed Braga based on their head-to-head results, having narrowly defeated the Portuguese side 2-1.
Post-match, the Real Madrid manager praised the maturity of Jude Bellingham, emphasizing that despite being only 20 years old, Bellingham displayed not only exceptional quality but also remarkable composure and character. This aspect of Bellingham’s performance left a lasting impression on the manager.