Brahim leads the plenary session in Real Madrid’s Champions League and seals the ticket to the round of 16

Real Madrid players celebrate Brahim's goal against Braga (REUTERS).
Real Madrid players celebrate Brahim’s goal against Braga (REUTERS).

Real Madrid took off in are competition all the doubts that the draw against Rayo Vallecano generated three days ago. Ancelotti’s men were superior to a Braga side who showed their face until they conceded the first goal. Brahim Díaz, Vinicius and Rodrygo They completed a victory (3-0) that classified Real Madrid to the round of 16. The only Spanish team that has already secured a ticket and the only one that has surpassed the 32 group stages in the history of the Champions League. There is life beyond Bellingham.

“I speak with Brahim, I know perfectly well what he can contribute, He is a player that I like for his characteristics and he will have his role in the next games,” Ancelotti predicted before announcing his lineup to face Braga. Bellingham’s shoulder discomfort and his team’s immediate tight schedule opened the door to Real Madrid’s 21st. “I have something special for him because he has played for Milan,” Ancelotti commented and Brahim took less than a quarter of an hour to ratify his coach’s words, but his goal was disallowed.

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The man from Malaga had fun as a false nine with the Brazilian couple, Rodrygo and Vinicius, very open. He received, started, showed his ability to dribble on the run and was seen in the area. He was being undetectable to Niakate and Jose Fonte. Neither one nor the other arrived in time to block Brahim’s first shot after Rodrygo’s pass. Real Madrid was ahead, or rather, He was overtaken by Brahim who took advantage of his second start to see the door again. The first, against Las Palmas in the League, also ended with a goal from the Malaga native whose situation in the white team is strange.

Brahim celebrates his goal with Real Madrid (REUTERS).
Brahim celebrates his goal with Real Madrid (REUTERS).

Few understand it. Neither part of the club nor those around the player. He returned to the white team this summer after his fruitful Erasmus in the Milan. Three seasons where he has not stopped growing until he became a fixture last year. He played 45 games in which he scored seven goals and distributed seven assists. Some numbers that made him one of the leaders of the group Red-blackwho reached the semifinals of the Champions.

Before Brahim dressed as a hero, the cape had been put on by Lunin who fell into the eleven on the rebound after Kepa’s injury in the warm-up. The Ukrainian, cold and without competition rhythm, He saved his team by blocking Djaló’s shot from eleven meters at the start of the match. Lunin quelled the initial rebellion of the Portuguese team that had clear ideas. Bruma and Djaló put the speed on the wings and Horta’s experience played at the service of Zalazar who did not stay in attack as long as he would have liked.

In any case, the staging of the Portuguese painting was intended to be a reflection of the declaration of intentions shown by its president during the board of directors’ lunch in which he entertained Florentino Pérez with a gift in the form of a gladiator’s helmet, a traditional symbol of Portuguese city. They kept the momentum Rodrygo y Vinicius. Both, fighting for the goal, met him again in the way he likes best: on the counterattack. There is life beyond Bellingham.

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