Reliably denied a spot in the side by the brightness of Jude Bellingham, Brahim Diaz has been sitting tight for his opportunity to dazzle. On Wednesday night, with Bellingham rested, he took it. The Spaniard stowed an objective, was sad to see one more precluded, and called the shots in the British bloke’s typical job as Los Blancos traveled to a 3-0 win over Braga.
The guests were given a once in a lifetime chance to start to lead the pack early, when Lucas Vazquez hauled Cristian Borja down in the case — just for save goalkeeper Andriy Lunin to keep out the following punishment.
Diaz thought he had opened the scoring not long after, yet saw his quiet completion precluded for a mess in the development. However, nothing bad could be said about the following time he had the ball in the net. The going after midfielder ghosted into the container to meet Rodrygo’s reduction, and gave his side a merited 1-0 lead.