Kriralok Desk: The match was not the typical one. It was for Vinicius, this match was for the oath of ‘let racism die’. Vinicius did not play this match for Real, but the whole field was transformed into Vinicius. Real returned to winning streak in a match of different conditions, Los Blancos beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1 in La Liga.
Real Madrid host Rayo Vallecano at their home ground, Santiago Bernabeu. Although the red card was revoked in the Valencia match, the Real coach kept Vinicius on the bench and lined up the XI.
Before the start of the match, “You are not alone, we are by your side Vinicius” — this match was chosen by Real Madrid to send a message to teammate Vinicius Jr. Real Madrid footballers came to the field wearing Vinnie Junior’s jersey to show solidarity with him against apartheid. Supporters also carried posters, banners and shouts at the Bernabeu with the message ‘Let racism die’.
Vinnie entered the field before the start of the game. The audience who carried various placards in support of him responded to the love by waving their hands. Real lost to Rayo for the first time in this league. The visitors started well this time too. Santia Comasera’s effort in the 26th minute followed Unai Lopes’ attack 12 minutes into the match. However, both were returned by Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Even with the best possible XI, the first 30 minutes were as if Los Blancos were ineffective. However, Carlo Ancelotti’s men scored from the first attack in the 31st minute. Benzema took the corner shot past the goalkeeper after giving and taking the ball with Fede Valverde. A defender slides the ball towards the net to no avail. The ball finds the address correctly. Real goes ahead. With no further goals in the first half, the two teams went into the break with Real Madrid leading 1-0.
In the second half, the hosts could not create any significant opportunities. On the other hand, Ancelotti’s disciples scored in the 84th minute. Broke back to equality. Courtois was defeated by Raoul de Tomas.
When the match was about to end with a 1-1 tie, the Brazilian young Turk Rodrigo appeared as a savior. A few minutes before the end of the match, Rodrigo scored a perfect shot after receiving a pass from Dani Ceballos. As a result, Real Madrid left the field with a 2-1 victory.
Real Madrid are basically fighting for second place as Barcelona have already secured the La Liga title. Where their closest rival is Atletico Madrid.
With this victory, Real has risen to the second place in the points table. They have 74 points in 36 matches. Atletico Madrid is in third place with 73 points in equal matches.