Vinicius Jr. retains dancing amid racist abuse in Madrid derby as Actual Madrid keep excellent in LaLiga
A tense, chippy affair led to a 2-1 win for Actual Madrid, who keep excellent in LaLiga this season amid jeering for Vinicius Junior from Atletico’s followers.
Objectives from Rodrygo and Federico Valverde put Actual Madrid forward early, and a objective from Atletico’s Mario Hermoso adopted by a pink card eight minutes later did not do a lot to assist the hosts’ trigger.
Right here is ESPN’s Alex Kirkland with response and evaluation from Madrid.
1. Rodrygo, Valverde and Vinicius are Madrid’s future
It is occurred quick, however this season already seems like the start of a brand new period at Real Madrid, with Rodrygo (21 years outdated), Vinicius Junior (22) and Fede Valverde (24) as this workforce’s new stars.
It is a course of that started throughout final yr’s Champions League run and is now unattainable to disregard. A number of of Rodrygo, Vinicius and Valverde have scored in every of Madrid’s final seven video games — Rodrygo’s opener made it three league video games scoring in a row for him — and collectively they sum up this quick, direct, scientific Madrid workforce.
Veterans like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are nonetheless very a lot current — each had been wonderful in opposition to Atletico — and naturally Karim Benzema will come again into the workforce when he returns from damage. However this was an evening that was all about Madrid’s vibrant, irrepressible entrance three.
After a constructive begin from Atletico, it was Rodrygo who opened the scoring, firing Aurelien Tchouameni‘s floated cross past Jan Oblak, and when Vinicius’ low shot hit the put up and rebounded throughout objective, Valverde was there to make it 2-0 and successfully finish the competition, regardless of Atletico’s late fightback. Amid all of the noise of a frantic Madrid derby, these two moments of high quality made the distinction.
2. Appalling racist chants demand motion from Atletico
The footage of a bunch of Atletico Madrid followers singing full-throated “Vinicius, you are a monkey” outdoors the Metropolitano stadium earlier than this sport was sickening, dispiriting and, sadly, nothing new.
Atletico’s hardcore group of ultras, the Frente Atletico, have been responsible of such incidents on quite a few events earlier than — each inside and outdoors the bottom — and the membership have didn’t take decisive motion, regardless of receiving punishments from UEFA. Till Atletico do no matter is important to take care of this, together with lifetime stadium bans if these accountable might be recognized, it can proceed to occur.
Vinicius’ response to racist criticism of his objective celebrations this week was an eloquent, word-perfect statement on the issue and right here he was in a position to reply on the pitch. When Rodrygo scored, Vinicius was first throughout to affix him in what felt like a really deliberate dance on the touchline, and he was then the catalyst for Actual Madrid’s second objective with a trademark run down the left.
After the match, Vinicius Junior posted a photo of his celebration with Rodrygo together with the caption, “Dance wherever you need.” Preserve dancing, Vini.
3. Griezmann’s first begin ends in defeat
It had turn out to be a operating joke thus far this season: By the 62nd, or the 63rd, or the sixty fourth minute, right here comes Antoine Griezmann — the super-sub who coach Diego Simeone loves, however could not begin — as Atletico Madrid sought to keep away from activating the appearance-based clause that might power them to pay Barcelona €40 million to make his mortgage deal everlasting subsequent summer time.
This wasn’t simply any sport although. This was the Madrid derby, and so Griezmann did begin. And he began fairly effectively. Taking part in alongside Joao Felix in assault, it was Griezmann who was arguably Atletico’s liveliest participant within the first half, typically dropping deep to get entangled in play.
When the time got here for Simeone to make modifications within the second half, with Atletico chasing the sport, it was Griezmann who stayed on. Simply do not be shocked to see him again on the bench subsequent time.
Actual Madrid: Thibaut Courtois 7; Dani Carvajal 7, Eder Militao 7, David Alaba 7, Ferland Mendy 7; Aurelien Tchouameni 8, Toni Kroos 8, Luka Modric 7; Fede Valverde 8, Vinicius Junior 7, Rodrygo Goes 8.
Subs: Antonio Rudiger 6, Eduardo Camavinga 6, Dani Ceballos 7, Marco Asensio 6
Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak 5; Felipe 5, Axel Witsel 6, Reinildo Mandava 6; Marcos Llorente 6, Yannick Carrasco 6; Geoffrey Kondogbia 6, Rodrigo de Paul 6, Koke 6; Joao Felix 6, Antoine Griezmann 7.
Subs: Matheus Cunha 6, Alvaro Morata 6, Mario Hermoso 6, Angel Correa 7, Saul Niguez 6.
Finest and worst performers
BEST: Fede Valverde, Actual Madrid.
One other week, one other objective. Retains getting higher and higher. Arguably essentially the most in-form midfielder in Spain proper now.
WORST: Felipe, Atletico Madrid.
All the time appears just like the weakest hyperlink in Atletico’s defence.
Highlights and notable moments
The Madrid derby was chippy from the opening whistle, and it did not take lengthy for tempers to flare up.
THE INTENSITY 📈📈📈 pic.twitter.com/EcFSFD9jcM
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However Rodrygo saved his cool and located the opening objective from a gorgeous one-time strike after a wonderfully weighted ball from Aurelien Tchouameni.
He proceeded to rejoice by dancing with Vinicius Junior, who over the previous week has needed to put up with disgusting racist assaults over his own dance celebrations.
RODRYGO SCORES AN ABSOLUTE BEAUTY AND DANCES WITH VINICIUS 🤩🕺 pic.twitter.com/aekxsvMsZd
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Actual Madrid saved rolling after that, and Federico Valverde doubled their lead.
Atletico’s Mario Hermoso later pulled one again, however it solely did a lot as Hermoso earned a second yellow card not lengthy after.
Hermoso pulls one again for Atletico within the Madrid derby.
After the match: What the gamers and managers mentioned
Actual Madrid supervisor Carlo Ancelotti on being too conservative after the two-goal lead: “Sure. I agree with that. Within the first half we performed out effectively from the again, twice we began with [goalkeeper] Thibaut [Courtois] and scored two targets. We had been snug in possession. Within the second half we misplaced the thought to harm them. In the long run we suffered, we managed the sport however on the finish we suffered. Atletico pushed and induced us issues.”
Atletico Madrid supervisor Diego Simeone: “I can not criticise the gamers. There are at all times errors, however they gave the whole lot. Madrid have a extremely good direct model. Their transitions from defence to assault are quick they usually’re terribly scientific. I prefer it. They’re organised in defence, they counterattack, they take their possibilities. It is an incredible job by the coach. They’ve gamers who’re good on the ball they usually additionally work defensively. Valverde and Vinicius, with the expertise of Kroos and Modric. However I feel we had been at all times within the sport.”
Actual Madrid defender Dani Carvajal: “We’re very completely happy. We got here right here to win. I feel we performed a extremely good first half, particularly the primary half-hour, we took our two possibilities. Within the second half we did not have as a lot of the ball to harm them. We had been snug at 0-2. It acquired extra sophisticated on the finish however they’re three factors.”
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper: Jan Oblak: “It leaves a foul style. We have misplaced the derby, we have misplaced a vital sport. I do not suppose we had been so unhealthy, we did not deserve the defeat, however that is soccer, they took their possibilities and we did not. The sensation is at all times unhealthy while you lose. We’re all unhappy.”
Key stats (supplied by ESPN Stats & Info)
Antoine Griezmann made his first begin of the season for Atlético Madrid. Previous to that, Griezmann had come off the bench in every of his first seven appearances this season throughout all competitions.
Rodrygo scored his third LaLiga objective this season. Within the 2021-22 LaLiga season, Rodrygo solely scored 4 targets.
Atletico Madrid has not come again to beat Actual Madrid in any competitors when trailing at any level because the 2018 UEFA Tremendous Sup once they trailed 2-1 earlier than successful 4-2 in additional time.
Actual Madrid leads LaLiga with 18 factors as solely workforce in Europe’s prime 5 leagues to win all of its league video games this season.
Actual Madrid have opened the season with 9 straight wins in all competitions for the primary time since 1968-69 once they gained a club-record 11 straight video games to open the season, tied with 1961-62.
Atletico Madrid: Atletico could have lower than seven days to arrange for his or her journey to Sevilla, taking up Julen Lopetegui’s workforce on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Actual Madrid: Los Blancos will return to the comforts of the Bernabeu on Sunday, Oct. 2 once they host Osasuna at 3 p.m. ET.