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Jude Bellingham felt ‘like Ronaldo’ while scoring bicycle kick vs Slovakia

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England have not enjoyed a memorable tournament at the Euros so far and the last weekend brought the epitome of their struggles in the form of a hard-fought game against Slovakia.

Despite winning just one of their three group-stage games, the Three Lions entered the Round of 16 clash as the overwhelming favourites. Slovakia, however, shocked the world by taking an early lead and holding onto it until the very end.

Just when the game seemed to be over and all of England had resigned to a shambolic end to their campaign, Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham struck gold for his side with a 95th-minute equaliser. The rest, as they say, was history.

Speaking in an interview (h/t Sky Sports) after the team’s narrow escape in the Round of 16, the man of the moment was asked about the clutch goal he scored for his side in added time.

“It was really instinct more than anything. It kind of fell in the perfect spot and it was a little bit behind me,” he began modestly, playing down his effort.

“When I was in the air I thought, ‘I’m six feet off the ground and it’s like Ronaldo!’ But I’ve watched it back and I still had one hand on the ground, so it wasn’t the most acrobatic,” he added.

Bellingham came to England’s rescue against Slovakia. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Remembering the moment when he acrobatically struck the ball into the back of the net, Bellingham said,

“But it was a nice contact. Definitely one of the most important and memorable moments of my career so far.”

The Real Madrid midfielder then admitted that his side did not put up the best show against Slovakia and labelled the game as ‘not enjoyable.’

“Not the most enjoyable way to win a game. Obviously, you always want to feel like you are in control and comfortable.”

He then insisted, however, that such games were a part and parcel of the sport and that handling such adversity was of paramount importance.

“But you have to find ways to win, even if it means overhead kicks in 90+5. But the difference in emotion is so huge. It’s one minute (from) being dead and buried.”

The Golden Boy then reminisced how the Slovakian bench was seconds away from jubilantly entering the field for their celebrations and how his goal turned the dynamics around.

“I saw the Slovakian bench and they were all ready to run on. In one moment everything changes. But we never stopped believing we would get one more chance and luckily we got it in,” he said.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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