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Jude Bellingham continued his great start to La Liga life with a late header to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo on Friday. The England international scored his fourth goal in three games in Spain’s top flight, ending Celta Vigo’s stubborn resistance and disappointing the hosts in their anniversary week. Rodrygo missed a penalty for Real Madrid while Vinicius Junior was eliminated in the first half apparently suffering from a hamstring problem. However, initial Spanish reports suggest this won’t keep him out for too long.

Kepa Arrizabalaga made his scoring debut for Real Madrid on loan from Chelsea to replace the injured Thibaut Courtois, while Carlo Ancelotti continued with Bellingham in the No 10 position where he proved fatal.

“It was a game where we had to mature, we needed patience and I’m happy with the points,” Arrizabalaga told Real Madrid TV.

“I’m gradually gaining confidence and fitting into the team. I’m looking forward to helping, I’m happy about the goal we conceded, the result we’re taking and the three points.”

England international Bellingham continued his fine goalscoring form against Celta and eventually spotted a gap in defense when former Madrid coach Rafa Benitez set up a strong five-man defence. Celta thought they had taken the lead early on, but Jorgen Strand Larsen’s goal was ruled out after the forward’s soft foul on Arrizabalaga.

Vinicius joined Spain international Joselu after 17 minutes with his thigh bandaged, a concern for Madrid as their squad is relatively weak in attack this season with Ballon d’Or holder Karim Benzema and other strikers departing.

Former Barcelona defender Oscar Mingueza would have come close after half an hour with a shot from close range on the stretch that went wide, while Joselu canceled a goal for offside.

Madrid struggled to get Bellingham on the ball amid Celta’s crushing defense but Rodrygo stormed through and converted a penalty. The Brazilian striker was lucky to win the ball after Celta Vigo goalkeeper Ivan Villar knocked the ball away before the two collided.

However, Villar saved his penalty superbly and held the score level before Bellingham intervened. The midfielder broke the deadlock in the 81st minute when he stayed on the defensive side and nodded home from point-blank range after Joselu headed the ball towards goal.

The former Borussia Dortmund player previously said he was “10 times better” at Madrid than last season due to the quality around him, but so far he has been Los Blancos’ best player by far. Madrid’s performance wasn’t as convincing as in the first two wins, but they maintained their 100 percent record and provisionally led the table by three points.

“We can’t ask for more from these fans, it’s wonderful to play in front of them,” said Celta keeper Villar, delighted with the party atmosphere on the occasion of the club’s 100th anniversary.

“I touched the ball, I don’t know how it looks on camera,” he added when asked if he conceded a penalty for an alleged foul on Rodrygo.

Earlier, Real Sociedad drew 0-0 at newly promoted Las Palmas, their third straight draw of the season.

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