Rodrygo's Scoring Prowess Resurfaces in Madrid's Victory Over Granada

Rodrygo’s Scoring Prowess Resurfaces in Madrid’s Victory Over Granada

Rodrygo extended his impressive goal-scoring streak, contributing to Real Madrid’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Granada on Saturday at Bernabeu and reclaiming the top spot in La Liga.

Following a surprising 2-1 victory by Girona over Valencia, temporarily pushing them to the summit, Madrid swiftly regained their position with a superior goal difference on a serene evening in the capital.

Brahim Diaz initiated the scoring midway through the first half, and Rodrygo doubled the lead after 57 minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Brazilian forward has netted seven goals in his last five appearances across various competitions, emerging at a crucial juncture to sustain Madrid’s strong season start despite the absence of key players.

Injuries have sidelined several crucial figures for Madrid, from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to winger Vinicius Junior. Nevertheless, Los Blancos demonstrated more than enough prowess to overcome the 19th-placed Granada, who are grappling with relegation.

Granada adopted a defensive approach with five at the back to resist Carlo Ancelotti’s side, and although it had some effect, Madrid’s claim to three points was seldom in doubt.

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Despite not generating an abundance of opportunities, Madrid swiftly seized control of the game. In the 26th minute, Toni Kroos’ exceptional pass set up Diaz for a goal, showcasing composure as he gently slotted the ball home, giving Madrid the lead.

This marked the former Manchester City playmaker’s second goal in four matches, proving that Diaz can help fill the void left by Vinicius Junior’s injury alongside the red-hot Rodrygo.

Jude Bellingham, La Liga’s top scorer with 11 goals, had a chance to add another just before halftime but misfired his shot wide across the goal. He fervently appealed for a penalty before the break, claiming a foul by Ignasi Miquel, who took the ball first, but his protests were dismissed.

Madrid’s second goal unfolded after a precise team play, with Joselu and Diaz combining to set up Bellingham. Although Granada’s goalkeeper Andre Ferreira denied the midfielder, Rodrygo seized the rebound and scored before the hour mark.

Fede Valverde had an opportunity to make it three when Bellingham provided a deft pass, but Ferreira saved his effort.

Granada defender Ricard Sanchez stated to DAZN, “I think the team gave everything, we left our skins out there, we have nothing to criticize ourselves for.”

The visitors suffered a late setback as winger Bryan Zaragoza limped off injured.

On Sunday, Atletico Madrid, currently third, will face champions Barcelona, who are in fourth place, both eager to narrow the seven-point gap with the top two.