Real Madrid 1-0 Real Valladolid: Vinicius Junior’s second-half strike seals win


Real Madrid 1-0 Real Valladolid: Vinicius Junior comes off the bench to score winner for reigning LaLiga champions and send message to his manager Zinedine Zidane

  • The visitors frustrated the reigning champions for large parts of the game 
  • But Vinicius Junior broke the deadlock for the hosts in the 65th minute 
  • Eden Hazard watched from the stands after being ruled out through injury 

Vinicius Junior climbed off the bench to give Real Madrid victory over Valladolid and send a message to his manager Zinedine Zidane.

Vinicius had been left on the bench for the second game running but beat Valladolid’s former West Ham keeper Roberto Jimenez.

The Brazilian winger has struggled for goals over his last two seasons and so for all his youthful brilliance Zidane has overlooked him for big games including last season’s Champions League defeat by Manchester City.

Vinicius Junior scores Real Madrid's winner on Wednesday night with a close-range finish

Vinicius Junior scores Real Madrid’s winner on Wednesday night with a close-range finish

Vinicius scores the opener against Real Valladolid's Spanish goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez

Vinicius scores the opener against Real Valladolid’s Spanish goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez

Vinicius is surrounded by Real Madrid team-mates after scoring what turned out to be winner

Vinicius is surrounded by Real Madrid team-mates after scoring what turned out to be winner

But he finished well on 65 minutes and although he was offside the goal stood because the ball had reached him after hitting Valladolid defender Bruno Gonzalez.

It was a hard fought victory for Real Madrid with Serbian striker Luka Jovic again starting under Zidane, and again failing to find the net.

Real Madrid almost took the lead after 10 minutes when Valladolid keeper Roberto kept out Fede Valverde’s shot.

The keeper changed direction well to get a right hand to the Uruguayan’s shot through a crowded area.

Real Madrid's Vinicius celebrates with his team-mate Marco Asensio after breaking deadlock

Real Madrid’s Vinicius celebrates with his team-mate Marco Asensio after breaking deadlock

Vinicius made the breakthrough in the 65th minute after the goal was checked by VAR

Vinicius made the breakthrough in the 65th minute after the goal was checked by VAR

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema (L) in action against Real Valladolid defender Javi Sanchez (R)

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema (L) in action against Real Valladolid defender Javi Sanchez (R)

Marcelo, in the team for the first time this season, had created the danger with a blocked shot after he ran on to a Jovic cross. Jovic was bright early on. Madrid are still open to loaning out the Serbian forward to the right club but if he stays Zidane is determined to try to use the £62m signing.

He had his first chance on 17 minutes when some Luka Modric magic got Isco away and he released Valverde who crossed. Jovic sent his first time shot wide.

Karim Benzema then had the chance to head goalwards from the back post but Isco comically tried to climb above his team-mate and the chance was lost.

Valladolid had their chances but Pablo Hervias should have found Shon Weissman instead of drifting the ball to the back post.

Fabio Orellano made the same mistake, shooting when he should have put the Israeli striker, who top scored in Austria’s Bundesliga last season, in on goal.

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro looks to break the deadlock at Alfredo di Stefano stadium

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