Champions League 2023-24: Real Madrid beats Braga 2-1, Rodrygo and Bellingham on target

Real is top on nine points ahead of Napoli, which eked out a 1-0 win at bottom side Union Berlin with the Germans yet to earn a point.

Real Madrid’s Rodrygo and Jude Bellingham scored in each half to secure a 2-1 win at Sporting Braga and keep their side three points clear atop Champions League Group C on Tuesday.

It was an affair that won’t live long the memory on a cold rainy day in northern Portugal in which the Spanish giant dominated from the start and opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a close-range strike by Rodrygo.

Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham gestures to the crowd at the end of the 2-1 win over SC Braga in the Champions League group C match at the Municipal stadium in Braga, Portugal on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: AP

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Braga did pull one back when Alvaro Djalo took advantage of a defensive mistake in the 63rd to score in the area but Real held on despite late pressure for its third win in three games thanks to two brilliant save by Kepa Arrizabalaga.