Jude Bellingham marked his debut goal for Real Madrid with a brilliant finish as the Spanish giants secured a 2-0 victory against Manchester United in a pre-season friendly held in Houston. The English midfielder, who made a high-profile move from Borussia Dortmund for a staggering 114 million USD in June, netted the opening goal in the sixth minute of the match.
Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger caught the Manchester United defense off guard by delivering a perfectly weighted ball that sent Bellingham charging towards the goal.
The 20-year-old skillfully controlled the ball with one touch and executed a delicate chip over the advancing Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana, granting Real Madrid a well-deserved lead.
Brazilian international Vinicius Jr. had a golden opportunity to double Madrid’s lead shortly after the first goal, but he scuffed his shot from eight yards out, letting Manchester United off the hook.
Meanwhile, Manchester United came close to equalizing after 36 minutes, but Marcus Rashford narrowly missed the target from a tight angle.
As Madrid maintained control, Manchester United’s frustration boiled over just before half-time when Lisandro Martinez made a reckless tackle on Bellingham. The English midfielder reacted with anger, and Martinez received a booking for the challenge.
Following numerous changes at half-time, Manchester United showed improvement after the break, but it was Real Madrid who generated the more promising opportunities. On the 69th minute, Militao came close to making it 2-0, but his shot was cleared off the line by the United defense.
In the 89th minute, Real Madrid sealed the victory with a brilliant goal. Lucas Vazquez provided a precise cross, and veteran forward Joselu thrilled the crowd at NRG Stadium with a sensational overhead kick, securing a 2-0 win for Madrid.