Madrid Derby Drama: Bellingham's Heroics and Bernabeu's Spectacular Debut
Bellingham's late heroics ensured a thrilling Madrid derby victory over Getafe, with the newly renovated Bernabeu's closed roof providing a spectacular atmosphere for Real Madrid's debut.
Bellingham's Late Heroics Secure Madrid Derby Victory Over Getafe
In a thrilling Madrid derby clash, Jude Bellingham came to Real Madrid's rescue with a dramatic 95th-minute strike, securing a hard-fought 2-1 win over Getafe on Saturday, This crucial victory continues Los Blancos' perfect start to La Liga, demonstrating their determination to claim the top spot.
The England international showcased his prowess by netting his fifth goal in just four games, ultimately snatching three vital points for his team, This win proved even more significant as it marked Madrid's first game without their injured forward, Vinicius Junior.
Replacing the sidelined Brazilian sensation, Joselu made an impactful contribution by leveling the score for Carlo Ancelotti's side, The game initially saw Getafe take the lead, courtesy of a strike from former Madrid striker Borja Mayoral.
Notably, this match was the first at the Santiago Bernabeu to be played under a closed, retractable roof. Madrid had commenced the season with their first three fixtures away from home, allowing for ongoing renovations at their iconic stadium, the Santiago Bernabeu.
Despite the rain pouring down on the Spanish capital, the players remained undeterred within the sheltered arena, Getafe, on the other hand, omitted on-loan Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood from their squad, following his arrival just a day before the game.
Greenwood's absence stemmed from a suspension issued by the Red Devils since January 2022, stemming from allegations of misconduct, although charges were subsequently dropped by prosecutors, In his place, Borja Mayoral was deployed as the starting forward for the visitors.
Mayoral seized an opportunity in the 11th minute, capitalizing on a poorly executed Fran Garcia backward pass, Swiftly seizing the ball, he maneuvered past Kepa Arrizabalaga and calmly slotted it home to give Getafe the early lead.
In a gripping contest that showcased both teams' resilience, Jude Bellingham's last-minute heroics ultimately secured Real Madrid's victory in this Madrid derby thriller."
Spectacular Atmosphere as Real Madrid Debuts Closed Roof at Renovated Bernabeu
In a historic moment, Real Madrid unveiled the new retractable roof feature at their Santiago Bernabeu stadium during their 2-1 victory over Getafe on Saturday, This marked the first time the club played under a closed roof at their home ground, adding an exciting dimension to their La Liga campaign.
Anticipating rainfall in the Spanish capital, Real Madrid made the decision to close the retractable roof before the match, setting the stage for this momentous debut at their iconic stadium.
Real Madrid's head coach, Carlo Ancelotti, expressed his excitement about the new atmosphere created by the closed roof, saying, "It's a spectacular atmosphere, there's something new, I think the fans pushed a lot today, it's a much more enclosed atmosphere, You can feel that the fans pushed - it's going to be a very important help and it was today."
The match itself was filled with drama, with Jude Bellingham's 95th-minute goal securing the win for Real Madrid and maintaining their flawless 100 percent record in La Liga after four games, Former Madrid striker Borja Mayoral had initially put Getafe ahead, but Joselu leveled the score just after halftime, and 'Los Blancos' continued to press until they found the decisive breakthrough.
Joselu, reflecting on the experience, praised the Bernabeu, saying, "(The Bernabeu is) impressive, empty it's incredible, and when it's filled with our fans, even more so, The stadium is beautiful, one of the most beautiful in the world, It's the best stadium - and the fans are (the best) too."
Real Madrid midfielder Brahim Diaz also marveled at the transformation of the Bernabeu, saying, "It's crazy, it's crazy, On top of a stadium, it will be a museum."
The ongoing renovations at the Santiago Bernabeu, which commenced in 2019, are expected to be completed by December, promising even more spectacular experiences for fans in the future."