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255th El-Classico: Bellingham’s Worldie, Late Winner End Barca’s Unbeaten Start

Jude Bellingham scored two minutes from time to snatch a win for Real Madrid against Barcelona in the first El-Classico of the season at the Montjuïc on Saturday afternoon.

The England midfielder’s fantastic strike from 40-yards out in the 68th minutes had tied the score after Ilkay Gundugan put Barca in front six minutes into the game.

Bellingham has now scored 13 goals in 16 matches for club and country this season.

It was a game with lots of aggression but few chances, especially in the first half, and both goals seemingly came from nowhere with Ilkay Gundogan picking the perfect time to score his first goal for the Catalan club.

He gave Xavi’s side the lead just six minutes in after Aurelien Tchouameni inadvertently sent the perfect through-ball into his own box, and the German beat a despairing David Alaba to fire home.

Missing Robert Lewandowski, Pedri, Frenkie de Jong and Jules Kounde from the starting XI, a tenacious Barcelona had plenty of chances in the first half with Fermin Lopez hitting the woodwork, but Bellingham made them pay for those missed opportunities with 20 minutes remaining.

Moments after Tchouameni had hit the woodwork from range, Bellingham received the ball outside the penalty area and hammered an out swinging shot under Ter Stegan’s top hand to equalise.

And just when the game seemed destined for a draw, old and new combined with Luka Modric accidentally feeding Bellingham who fired home for victory from point-blank range.

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