Real Madrid player ratings vs Almeria: Sensational Jude Bellingham is already paying back his €103m transfer fee

Jude Bellingham Real Madrid Almeria

Real Madrid turned in a messy showing in a hostile environment at Almeria, but were bailed out by a spellbinding 80 minutes from their big-money signing to secure a 3-1 win on the road.

Los Blancos' struggles showed early on. Almeria only needed three minutes to open the scoring, with Sergio Arribas sneaking in at the back post to head past Andriy Lunin after a sweeping counter.

Bellingham pulled Madrid level shortly after, though, slotting one into the far corner after a frantic sequence inside the Almeria box. Los Blancos thought they had another on the stroke of half-time, but saw Toni Kroos' curled strike chalked off due to a foul in the build-up.

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Madrid were much improved in the second period, and their marquee newcomer led the charge. He bagged his second with a fine header, sneaking into the box and meeting Kroos' pinpoint cross. Bellingham went on to set up the third, finding Vinicius Jr just inside the box, whose deflected shot looped over the goalkeeper to seal the three points.

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