Jude Bellingham scores and sets up another in Real Madrid win over Napoli – Champions League round-up | Football News

Jude Bellingham scored and set up another as Real Madrid beat Napoli 3-2 in the Champions League group stages on Tuesday. 

The Madrid midfielder intercepted a pass from Napoli captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo before setting up Vinicius Junior for an equaliser at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium after Leo Ositgard put Napoli ahead.

The England international then slalomed through Napoli’s defence from around midfield to score his eighth goal in nine appearances since signing for Real Madrid in the summer.

Bellingham celebrates Real Madrid’s win in Naples

“What surprises me is that he’s only 20 years old,” said Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti. “He has extraordinary qualities and he’s showing how much talent he has.”

Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski scored a controversial penalty after the break to make it 2-2. There was a long VAR review following a sliding tackle by Nacho on Victor Osimhen, as the ball appeared to first hit the defender’s shin and then his arm.

Real Madrid's Jude Bellingham, 2nd right, celebrates with Real Madrid's Rodrygo after scoring his sides second goal during the Champions League group C soccer match between Napoli and Real Madrid at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Bellingham now has eight goals and three assists in nine games for Real Madrid this season

But Real, the 14-time winners of the competition, claimed victory after a powerful deflected strike from Federico Valverde hit the crossbar and rebounded in off Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret in the 78th minute.

Victory sent Real top of Group C, where Union Berlin went down to another stoppage-time goal as Andre Castro sealed a 3-2 triumph for Braga, who hit back from 2-0 down to win in the German capital.

Sheraldo Becker’s brace put the hosts in charge but Sikou Niakate and Armindo Bruma drew the Portuguese side level before Castro struck in the fourth minute of time added on to break Union hearts.

Bayern go top of Man Utd’s group with comeback win

Thomas Muller changed the game off the bench for Bayern Munich
Thomas Muller changed the game off the bench for Bayern Munich

Thomas Muller came off the bench to set up the winning goal for fellow substitute Mathys Tel in Bayern Munich’s 2-1 comeback win over Denmark’s FC Copenhagen to put the German champions on top in Group A.

With his side struggling to create against the Danish champions, the 34-year-old Muller entered the game in the 77th minute and used his vast experience to first outrun the defence and then out-muscle it before teeing up Tel to take all three points.

Mathys Tel celebrates after scoring the winner for Bayern Munich
Mathys Tel celebrates after scoring the winner for Bayern Munich

The home side had taken a shock lead in the 56th minute when Bayern failed to clear Viktor Claesson’s shot, and midfielder Lukas Lerager followed up with a clever bouncing drive to put the Danish champions in the driving seat.

Bayern struck back in the 67th minute as Jamal Musiala jinked left and right on the edge of the area before dispatching a low shot into the corner of the net beyond the dive of Kamil Grabara before Tel’s goal sealed the win.

Copenhagen substitute Jordan Larsson almost snatched a point for his side in the fifth minute of stoppage time as his header was steered goalwards by Eric Choupo-Moting, but Sven Ulreich pulled off a tremendous diving save to keep the lead intact.

The victory left Bayern top of the group on six points, two ahead of Galatasaray, who beat Manchester United 3-2 at Old Trafford to leave United bottom.

PSV strike in stoppage-time to nick point against Sevilla

It was a forgettable night for Premier League teams as Arsenal lost 2-1 at Lens in Group B. Gabriel Jesus put the Gunners ahead but Adrien Thomasson and Elye Wahi gave Lens all three points.

Jordan Teze’s stoppage-time goal lifted PSV Eindhoven to a 2-2 draw at home to Sevilla, who twice went ahead through Nemanja Gudelj and Youssef En-Nesyri only to be pegged back.

Luuk de Jong’s penalty looked to be vain until Teze popped up in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Marcus Thuram gave Inter Milan a 1-0 Group D victory over Benfica, while Mikel Oyarzabal and Brais Mendez ushered Real Sociedad to a 2-0 win at Red Bull Salzburg.

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