Vinicius Jr takes justice into his own hands in Valencia


By: Manu Tournoux

Disappointed at Mestalla, Vinicius Jr scored twice, allowing Real Madrid to draw (2-2), after being led by two goals by Valencia FC.

This Saturday evening, Valencia FC hosted Real Madrid for the 27th day of La Liga. After three weeks of absence due to a sprained ankle, Jude Bellingham returned to Carlo Ancelotti’s eleven. Shortly before the half-hour mark, the locals opened the scoring. Foulquier eliminated Vinicius Jr and crossed for Canos. The Spanish winger unscrewed his shot with his right foot but found the head of Duro, who deceived Lunin (1-0, 27th). Only three minutes later, Rubén Baraja’s men made the break.

Yaremchuk took advantage of a bad back pass from Carvajal to beat the Madrid goalkeeper’s exit, which he dribbled before scoring with his left into the empty goal (2-0, 30th). In stoppage time in the first half, the White House reduced the score thanks to Vinicius Jr. Following a cross from Carvajal inside six meters, Mamardashvili was unable to grab the ball. The Brazilian left winger, whistled since the start of the match, took the opportunity to finish with his right foot and restart the match (2-1, 45th+5).

Vinicius, the masked avenger

After the break, the two teams returned to the Mestalla pitch, in pouring rain, having to deal with a strong wind. Bellingham came close to equalizing after clearing Mosquera. Except that his low shot was stopped at the last minute by the left paw of Mamardashvili (55th). A few moments later, it was Lunin’s turn to shine with a reflex save after a recovery from Lopez’s right (60th). On a good cross from Diaz from the right, Vinicius Jr rose into the air at the far post to place a diving header and put the two teams back on level terms (2-2, 76th). Despite a possible offside position for the player trained at Flamengo, the VAR validated the latter’s achievement. During the last minutes, the Valencia FC players accumulated mistakes. In the final seconds of stoppage time, Real Madrid scored a third goal through Bellingham but the referee had already whistled the end of the match!

Thanks to this draw at Mestalla, Real Madrid maintains its leading position in the standings. Carlo Ancelotti’s men have 66 points, seven points ahead of Girona and nine ahead of FC Barcelona. FC Valence is in ninth place.

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