Rodrygo double helps Real Madrid move top with 3-0 win at Cadiz


Rodrygo dribbles through the Cadiz defense to grab his brace

Rodrygo gets past multiple defenders and places it into the net to score his second goal for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid's Rodrygo struck twice and Jude Bellingham was also on target as the visitors enjoyed a 3-0 win at lowly Cádiz in LaLiga on Sunday to move provisionally top of the standings.

Carlo Ancelotti's side are now on 35 points, one clear of second-placed Girona who host Athletic Bilbao on Monday.

- Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.)

Atletico Madrid are third, having also played a game less than Real, level on 31 points with Barcelona, who slipped to fourth after a 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Real went ahead after 14 minutes when Rodrygo cut into the area and fired a superb shot into the top right corner.

The Brazil international got his second in the 64th minute with another fine shot after finding space in the box before Bellingham sealed the win 10 minutes later with his 11th league goal this season.

Madrid have been ravaged by injuries this season but Ancelotti took encouragement from the way his team has coped in the face of adversity. 

"Sometimes difficulty can be an added motivation. The players understood that. With all the absentees, very important players, we dealt with it well. Despite the [Thibaut] Courtois, [Éder] Militão, Vinícius [Júnior], and Bellingham injuries, the team has looked good on the pitch," Ancelotti said in his post-match news conference.

Real next host Italian champions Napoli in their Champions League Group C clash on Wednesday, with the Spanish giants already assured of a spot in the knockout stages. 

"Until now I think we've done very well. The team has fought, we've won a lot of games, we have some important games now, we have to be first in the Champions League group, it's an important moment and today's game gives me a lot of confidence," Ancelotti said.