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Pep Guardiola proved right about MLS striker who scores FOUR goals while on loan at Girona against Real Madrid

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Apr 25, 2023
Pep Guardiola proved right about MLS striker who scores FOUR goals while on loan at Girona against Real Madrid


Girona stunned LaLiga by beating the reigning champions Real Madrid 4-2, with Valentin Castellanos scoring all of their goals.

The 24-year-old is currently on loan from MLS side New York City FC and showed his true qualities against the European giants.

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Castellanos was superb for Girona at home against Madrid

The goals sealed an excellent result for his side

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The goals sealed an excellent result for his side

Castellanos’ first goal of the night came inside 12 minutes, with the Argentinian heading in from Miguel Gutierrez’s cross.

He doubled their lead not long after, this time making a strong run to reach a long ball and scoring through Andriy Lunin’s legs.

Madrid star Vinicius Jr made it 2-1 before the break but Castellanos scored a minute into the second half to complete his hat-trick.

The striker then netted his fourth of the night with another header just after the hour mark, with Lucas Vasquez’s consolation goal for Madrid coming in the final five minutes.

Castellanos is now the first player to score four goals against Madrid in a single La Liga fixture in the 21st century.

He has produced the goods against one of the best sides in world football, and Pep Guardiola was ahead of the curve when determining his quality.

City boss Guardiola has previously been aware of his capabilities

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City boss Guardiola has previously been aware of his capabilities


Speaking in 2021, the Manchester City boss said: “I think he is a guy who will do the next step in Europe.

“What I saw when the scouting department talked to me, I know he’s a quality player and ready to make the next step to Europe and we will see where.”

Castellanos now sits on 12 goals for the season, with 11 of them coming in La Liga.

Madrid were unable to deal with the striker

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Madrid were unable to deal with the striker

His efforts for Girona have taken them to ninth in the table, an impressive standing following their promotion last season.

For Madrid through, their hopes of lifting their 36th league title are slipping further away as a result of the defeat.

They remain 2nd in the table, with their rivals Barcelona leading in 1st by 11 points with a game in hand.

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