Real Madrid player ratings vs Getafe: Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are magic — but Jude Bellingham plays hero with dramatic late winner

Jude Bellingham Real Madrid 2023-24Getty

Real Madrid conceded first in their inaugural contest at the refurbished Santiago Bernabeu, but the classy duo of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos — along with the continuing impact of big money signing Jude Bellingham — saw them rescue all three points. Modric started for the first time this season, and was joined by Kroos shortly after the break — a game-changing substitution that was enough for Carlo Ancelotti's side to complete a memorable comeback win.

Madrid struggled to gain control of the contest and conceded early. Getafe played through Los Blancos' midfield before a Fran Garcia error allowed former Madrid striker Borja Mayoral to go clear on goal and finish.

The home side struggled to create clear cut chances for the remainder of the first half. Bellingham had a penalty shout rather harshly overturned by VAR — and could have been awarded a further two. But Joselu came closest, putting his effort directly at David Soria from six yards out.

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The big striker made no such mistake after the break, side-footing home from close range after a chaotic sequence in the box. A predictable onslaught followed. Kroos hit the post from long range. Dani Carvajal rattled one off the woodwork of his own. But Bellingham eventually provided the winner, capitalising on a rare mistake from Soria to bury the winner five minutes into second half stoppage time.

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