The Argentine had the best match of his life.
Eight rounds before the end of the season, the intrigue for the championship in La Liga finally died. Barcelona has an 11-point lead over Real Madrid, but after today's match, Madrid can increase it to 14. Real Madrid failed miserably in the meeting with Girona - 1:4 and conceded all the goals from the Argentine striker, who few know.
It cannot be said that in the first half, Girona had an advantage over Real Madrid, but they scored two goals thanks to the conversion of chances. Already in the 12th minute, the hosts played a great attack, resulting in Valentin Castellanos scoring with a header from Miguel Gutierrez's pass - 1:0. Real Madrid had a moment in the first minute. Still, Rodrigo was unable to heel the ball into the net.
Castellanos made a double already by the 24th minute: the striker ran away from Eder Militao and sent the ball between the legs of Andrei Lunin.
In the first half, Real Madrid possessed the ball 77% of the time, struck 11 shots toward the goal, and still won one goal. Vinicius Junior closed the pass of Marco Asensio with his head - 1:2.
If someone expected that Real Madrid would recover after the break and make a comeback, then they were wrong. Castellanos was unstoppable, and immediately after the resumption of the match, he scored a hat-trick. Ian Koutu gave a pass to the Argentine, who shot past Lunin - 3:1.
In the 62nd minute, Valentin made history by becoming the first player in the 21st century to score four goals against Real Madrid in La Liga. "Girona" played a corner, and after filing a penalty ball found the head of the striker, who scored the fourth - 4:1.
Robert Lewandowski was the last person to play poker against Real Madrid: in 2013, he did it for Borussia Dortmund. After such success, the transfer value of Castellanos should rise. Before the match with Real Madrid, the Argentine, whose rights belong to New York City, had a 7+1 goal + pass in 28 games in La Liga.
As in the first half, "Real" played one goal. Vinicius burst into the penalty area, saved the ball, and made a pass to Lucas Vazquez, who did not miss - 2:4. It happened in the 85th minute, so Real Madrid, who know how to make comebacks, had time to save the match, but they failed to do so.
Real Madrid remained in second place, but now it looks like Carlo Ancelotti's team will have to fight with Atlético for second place, who are five points behind but have a game in hand.