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UCL: Bellingham on target as Real Madrid beat Braga to extend perfect record

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Jude Bellingham continued his brilliant start to the season to help Real Madrid extend their lead at the top of Group C of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over SC Braga at the Estadio Municipal de Braga.

The victory means the Los Blancos have maintained their perfect record in this year’s competition.

The result means the record 14-time winners lead Group C with nine points from their opening three matches, while Braga are third with three points.

The La Liga leaders have now collected a maximum of nine points from their opening three group-stage matches,

After Rodrygo’s first-half opener, Bellingham found the bottom corner in the 61st minute with a fine, curling finish.

The England midfielder now has 12 goals in 15 matches for club and country this season.

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Facing the Portuguese outfit for the first time in the club’s history, Real Madrid started the game not too well, clearly missing the focal point at the top of their attack that Karim Benzema provided for so many years before his departure to Al Ittihad in the summer.

Alvaro Djalo pulled a goal back for Braga but Real held on in Group C.

Vinicius Junior thought he had added a third late on for the visitors, but his strike was ruled out for offside.

Rodrygo also disallowed a first-half effort as Real Madrid created most of the chances.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are three points clear of second-placed Napoli, who beat winless Union Berlin 1-0 on Tuesday.