Karim Benzema scores a couple of late goals to edge Valladolid. The match was tainted with racial abuse towards Vinicius Jr. Follow for soccer stats news here!
The Defending Champion Real Madrid moves to the top of the standing, tied with Barcelona after Karim Benzema puts Real Madrid on his back to grab the unconvincing 2-0 victory against the 10-man Real Valladolid. For accurate and sure best soccer predictions, click here!
Both teams struggled to find open and sweet spot throughout the 80 minutes of the match – in the first half, it was Valladolid who providing challenges and struggles to Real Madrid however they lost Roque Mesa and Julian Escudero to injury, causing them to stagnant both defense and offense, which is a good timing for Real Madrid as Carlo Ancelloti sent Vazquez and Rodrygo.
With almost 10 minutes remaining in the match, Rudiger headed the ball directly to the arm of Sanchez which was awarded a penalty kick after a VAR review. Benzema converted the spot kick and gave Real Madrid the long-waited lead in this match. Just minutes later, Benzema scored again and this time, a winning goal that sent Real Madrid to the top of the La Liga table.
Man of the Match: Vinicius Jr
Despite Karim Benzema being responsible for the two goals that secured the victory for Real Madrid, the Brazilian Winger Vinicius Jr was the best player on the field. He is responsible for facilitating and orchestrating the offense and defense of the team. Even though he did not score, his number of shots on target made him an obvious threat for Valladolid, causing the defense to focus on him, giving his teammates a space and opportunity to edge it up for Los Blancos.
Vinicius Jr once again became the target of racism
This is not the first time in this season that Vinicius Jr became the subject of racial abuse while playing for Real Madrid. In September last year, Vinicius Jr was subjected to a vile chant during Real Madrid’s victory against Atletico Madrid.
Just before the 2022 ends, Vinicius Jr once again subject to racism as Real Valladolid fans were filmed making monkey noises towards the Brazilian midfielder walking around the pitch in front of the home crowd. The 22 year-old was seen furious towards the discriminatory action of Valladolid fans and pointed towards the lack of action from La Liga. Real Valladolid issued a statement condemning the incident as they expressed their disappointments and they confirmed that an investigation already began to search for the identity of those involved in the incident.
“Real Valladolid absolutely condemns any form of racism and regrets very much what happened [at the Real Madrid match]. The Club is, of course, ready to cooperate with LaLiga to carry out the relevant investigations, and reserves the right to take disciplinary measures in case there are subscribers involved in the incidents,” Real Valladolid cited in their statement, implemented a full action and an investigation to search for people involved in racism incident.
“There is no room for racism in football and society, so Real Valladolid is determined to implement more and more measures to raise awareness, avoid and combat any similar episode. These isolated incidents do not represent the vast majority of white and violent fans, always respectful, and yesterday participants in a beautiful show in the stands of Zorilla.”
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