LISBON: Jude Bellingham continued his brilliant start to the season with another goal to help Real Madrid claim a narrow Champions League win at Braga.

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.

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 had a first-half effort disallowed as Real Madrid created most of the chances at Estadio Municipal de Braga.

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

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

Once again, 20-year-old Bellingham proved to be the difference for Real Madrid.

The former Birmingham City midfielder, who joined Los Blancos from Borussia Dortmund this summer, was integral to the Spanish La Liga side’s attacks.

He almost scored just after the restart, controlling a cross with his chest and seeing his volley on the turn tipped over the bar by Braga keeper Matheus.

His strike, which was placed into the far bottom corner from the edge of the box, is his third in three Champions League matches this season.

He also has 11 goals in 12 league matches this season and one for England as he maintains his excellent start to life in Madrid.

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