BARCELONA, Spain , Sept 03 (Net) — Jude Bellingham appears to be blessed since joining Real Ma-drid.
The England midfielder had already won over Madrid’s faithful with four goals in three away wins to start the season after joining the club this summer.
But on Saturday the 20-year-old Bellingham was gifted a fumbled save by Getafe’s goalkeeper right in front of the goal, allowing him to tap home a stoppage-time winner and save the hosts from a stumble in their home debut at a newly renovated Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
The 2-1 comeback kept Madrid at the top of the Spanish league with a perfect record.
Bellingham said the celebration by Madrid’s supporters, which included singing The Beatles classic “Hey Jude,” made him tremble with emotion.
“That is the loudest moment I have been in at a stadium and happily it was after my goal,” Bellingham said. “I can’t believe it to be honest. When they were singing ‘Hey Jude,’ I just wanted to turn and listen – my legs were shaking.
“I know that I was brought in for these kinds of moments, and I’ve just got to keep doing it and making sure the fans go home happy.”
Madrid lost veteran top scorer Karim Benzema to the emerging Saudi Arabian league this offseason and was able to bring in Joselu Mato only when Kylian Mbappé stayed put at Paris Saint-Germain.
Joselu, whose Espanyol was relegated last season, and Bellingham provided the goals to fight back against a Getafe that went ahead in the 11th when Borja Mayoral poached a bad pass by new Madrid left back Fran García.
Joselu made his first start in place of the injured Vinícius Júnior. While Vinícius is a world-class winger with superb dribbling skills, Joselus is a pure striker of the classic mold: A big body who likes to score with his head and prowl the area for a rebound.
That loose ball fell to the Spain striker in the 47th. Getafe held firm until the final minutes when Bel-lingham took advantage of a spilled save by David Soria to snatch the three points.
Bellingham’s five goals in four games, including a double in a 3-1 comeback at Almeria two weeks ago, lead the league scoring list. That is compared to his eight goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances last season.
Madrid hit the woodwork three times, and Soria kept Getafe in the game with several saves until his er-ror in the final moments cost his team a point.
“We are not surprised by the talent of (Bellingham), but I am surprised that he is scoring so many goals,” Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “Everyone is surprised, even him.”
HAIL THE CHAMPIONS
Madrid and Getafe lined up to provide an honor guard for four of Spain’s Women’s World Cup winners before the game.
Olga Carmona, the scorer in Spain’s 1-0 victory over England in the Aug. 20 final, key midfielder Tere-sa Abelleira, captain Ivana Andrés, and goalkeeper Misa Rodríguez, paraded the Women’s World Cup trophy to the center of the field. All four play for Real Madrid.
The victory has been overshadowed by the kiss forced by the president of the Spanish Football Federa-tion on a Spain player during the celebrations.
GREENWOOD AT GETAFE
Getafe is being scrutinized for having acquired forward Mason Greenwood on loan from Manchester United after the English player left his old club following a criminal investigation into a possible at-tempted rape that was closed by prosecutors.
The deal was announced just before the summer market closed on Friday. The 21-year-old England for-ward has not played for United since January 2022.
Getafe coach José Bordalás said in the post-game news conference, “It is a very delicate situation that is not to be made light of. … Everyone knows what happened and the measures that were taken. We can only talk about soccer. He is motivated to be here and we will help him recover his best level.”
Japan forward Take Kubo scored twice to help Real Sociedad beat Granada 5-3 and get its first win of the campaign.
Willian José fired in a free kick for Real Betis to beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0, while Alaves edged Valencia 1-0 thanks to an own goal by defender Cenk Özkacar.