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LaLiga: Bellingham scores on Real Madrid debut

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Jude Bellingham made his debut for Real Madrid as they triumphed over Athletic Club with a 2-0 victory on Saturday.

Having been acquired for €103 million, with an additional €30 million in add-ons, from Borussia Dortmund, Bellingham secured the second goal following Rodrygo’s initial opener.

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With the departure of former Ballon D’Or winner Karim Benzema, who left for Saudi Arabia, the 20-year-old Bellingham seamlessly integrated into the new 4-4-2 formation, showcasing effective teamwork with Rodrygo and Vinícius Júnior.

Madrid’s first opportunity came through Federico Valverde’s powerful long-range strike in the 14th minute, narrowly missing the target as it grazed the crossbar.

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They broke the deadlock in the 28th minute after a defensive lapse from Athletic. A challenge won against Dani Carvajal inside the box wasn’t properly cleared, and Rodrygo capitalized on the loose ball, skillfully placing it between goalkeeper Unai Simón and the near post.

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Eight minutes later, Bellingham displayed his finesse by volleying a corner from David Alaba with an arcing shot that soared over Simon and nestled into the top right corner.

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