Vinicius Jr. makes difference as Real Madrid win in Solari's La Liga debut
Real Madrid 2 - 0 Real Valladolid

Vinicius Jr. makes difference as Real Madrid win in Solari's La Liga debut

04/11/2018

Real Madrid ended their long wait for a La Liga victory by beating Real Valladolid 2-0 on Saturday with two late goals in interim coach Santiago Solari's first home game in charge of the struggling European champions.

Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr. gave the new coach and an impatient Bernabeu crowd a lift in the 83rd minute by cutting in from the left and firing a shot which was heavily deflected into the net off Valladolid's Kike Olivas and awarded as an own goal to the defender.

Real had been fortunate not to go behind on two occasions in the second half when Ruben Alcaraz and Toni Villa hammered the crossbar, but the home side sealed a first win in six league games when captain Sergio Ramos netted an 88th-minute penalty.

The win lifted Real provisionally from ninth place up to sixth in the standings on 17 points, four behind leaders Barcelona who play at Rayo Vallecano later on Saturday.

Still reeling from their humiliating 5-1 defeat at Barca last week, Real made an impressive start against a Valladolid side unbeaten in their last six outings but their early chances soon dried up and they were loudly booed off at halftime.

Gareth Bale was given particularly rough treatment from the home fans when he was substituted and not even usual favourite Marco Asensio escaped the howls of unhappy supporters when he made way for Vinicius, who had barely played under Solari's predecessor Julen Lopetegui.

Vinicius had excited fans in the Copa del Rey against Melilla in midweek and his flair and bursts of pace injected some verve into Solari's side which led to them finally breaking the deadlock, even though the goal owed a lot to Olivas' unfortunate attempt to block the shot.

The goal was harsh on Valladolid and sucked the life out of the visitors, whose defender Nacho gave away a clumsy penalty by falling into Benzema and Ramos cooly converted from the spot, transforming the earlier boos into relieved celebrations.

Related news

Real Madrid make Santiago Solari permanent manager until 2021

Real Madrid make Santiago Solari permanent manager until 2021

Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that interim manager Santiago Solari has signed a contract to make him the permanent coach of the club until 2021.

Karim Benzema stars as Real Madrid maintain winning run under Santiago Solari

Karim Benzema stars as Real Madrid maintain winning run under Santiago Solari

Real Madrid notched a fourth straight win under interim coach Santiago Solari by winning 4-2 at Celta Vigo on Sunday to move to within four points of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi returns from injury as Real Betis stun Camp Nou

Barcelona's Lionel Messi returns from injury as Real Betis stun Camp Nou

Lionel Messi scored twice on his return to action following a broken arm but could not stop Barcelona suffering a surprise defeat at home to Real Betis.

Diego Godin shakes off injury to give Atletico Madrid win over Athletic Bilbao

Diego Godin shakes off injury to give Atletico Madrid win over Athletic Bilbao

Atletico Madrid twice came from behind to pull off a thrilling 3-2 win at home to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, completing their comeback with a stoppage-time header from limping captain Diego Godin.

Sevilla fall further behind leaders Barcelona with draw at Real Sociedad

Sevilla fall further behind leaders Barcelona with draw at Real Sociedad

Sevilla failed to capitalise on a weekend of slip-ups for La Liga's chasing pack when they were held to a goalless draw away to Real Sociedad on Sunday, opening up a four-point gap behind leaders and champions Barcelona.

Luis Suarez goal completes late comeback, puts Barcelona four points clear

Luis Suarez goal completes late comeback, puts Barcelona four points clear

Late goals from Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez earned La Liga champions Barcelona a 3-2 win at struggling Rayo Vallecano on Saturday to keep them clear at the top of the standings.

Atletico Madrid blow chance to lead La Liga following Leganes draw

Atletico Madrid blow chance to lead La Liga following Leganes draw

Atletico Madrid threw away the chance to go top of La Liga by conceding a late equaliser to draw 1-1 away to neighbours Leganes on Saturday as their miserable run at the Madrid minnows dragged on.

Barcelona beat Cultural Leonesa in Copa del Rey with Clement Lenglet header

Barcelona beat Cultural Leonesa in Copa del Rey with Clement Lenglet header

Holders Barcelona scraped a 1-0 win at third-tier Cultural Leonesa thanks to Clement Lenglet's late header in their Copa del Rey first-leg match.

RELATED NEWS

Real Madrid make Santiago Solari permanent manager until 2021
Real Madrid news

Real Madrid make Santiago Solari permanent manager until 2021

Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that interim manager Santiago Solari has signed a contract to make him the permanent coach of the club until 2021.

Karim Benzema stars as Real Madrid maintain winning run under Santiago Solari
Celta 2 - 4 Real Madrid

Karim Benzema stars as Real Madrid maintain winning run under Santiago Solari

Real Madrid notched a fourth straight win under interim coach Santiago Solari by winning 4-2 at Celta Vigo on Sunday to move to within four points of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi returns from injury as Real Betis stun Camp Nou
Barcelona 3 - 4 Real Betis

Barcelona's Lionel Messi returns from injury as Real Betis stun Camp Nou

Lionel Messi scored twice on his return to action following a broken arm but could not stop Barcelona suffering a surprise defeat at home to Real Betis.

Diego Godin shakes off injury to give Atletico Madrid win over Athletic Bilbao
Atletico Madrid 3 - 2 Athletic Bilbao

Diego Godin shakes off injury to give Atletico Madrid win over Athletic Bilbao

Atletico Madrid twice came from behind to pull off a thrilling 3-2 win at home to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, completing their comeback with a stoppage-time header from limping captain Diego Godin.

Sevilla fall further behind leaders Barcelona with draw at Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad 0 - 0 Sevilla

Sevilla fall further behind leaders Barcelona with draw at Real Sociedad

Sevilla failed to capitalise on a weekend of slip-ups for La Liga's chasing pack when they were held to a goalless draw away to Real Sociedad on Sunday, opening up a four-point gap behind leaders and champions Barcelona.

Luis Suarez goal completes late comeback, puts Barcelona four points clear
Rayo Vallecano 2 - 3 Barcelona

Luis Suarez goal completes late comeback, puts Barcelona four points clear

Late goals from Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez earned La Liga champions Barcelona a 3-2 win at struggling Rayo Vallecano on Saturday to keep them clear at the top of the standings.

Atletico Madrid blow chance to lead La Liga following Leganes draw
Leganes 1 - 1 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid blow chance to lead La Liga following Leganes draw

Atletico Madrid threw away the chance to go top of La Liga by conceding a late equaliser to draw 1-1 away to neighbours Leganes on Saturday as their miserable run at the Madrid minnows dragged on.

Barcelona beat Cultural Leonesa in Copa del Rey with Clement Lenglet header
Cultural Leonesa 0 - 1 Barcelona

Barcelona beat Cultural Leonesa in Copa del Rey with Clement Lenglet header

Holders Barcelona scraped a 1-0 win at third-tier Cultural Leonesa thanks to Clement Lenglet's late header in their Copa del Rey first-leg match.

DERBY OF THE WEEK
Tottenham Hotspur - Chelsea
Derby of the week
17:30
24/11/2018
Derby of the week
W 2.60    
   W 2.62
The odds are correct at the time of publishing
12-11-2018 13:30 and are subject to change
Football Live Scores
Tennis Live Scores