Vinicius Jr. keeps dancing amid racist abuse in Madrid derby as Real Madrid stay perfect in LaLiga

MADRID — If you did not know that Sunday’s match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid was “El Derbi Madrileño” you continue to would possibly’ve guessed one thing was up.

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A tense, chippy affair ended in a 2-1 win for Real Madrid, who stayed perfect in LaLiga this season amid jeering for Vinicius Junior from Atletico’s followers.

Goals from Rodrygo and Federico Valverde put Real Madrid forward early, and a aim from Atletico’s Mario Hermoso adopted by a crimson card eight minutes later did not do a lot to assist the hosts’ trigger.

Here is ESPN’s Alex Kirkland with response and evaluation from Madrid.

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Rapid Reaction

1. Rodrygo, Valverde and Vinicius are Madrid’s future

It’s occurred quick, however this season already seems like the start of a brand new period at Real Madrid, with Rodrygo (21 years previous), Vinicius Junior (22) and Fede Valverde (24) as this crew’s new stars.

It’s a course of that started throughout final 12 months’s Champions League run and is now unattainable to disregard. One or extra 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 crew.

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 crew when he returns from harm. But this was an evening that was all about Madrid’s vibrant, irrepressible entrance three.

After a optimistic 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 publish and rebounded throughout the aim, 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 gaggle 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.

Atlético’s hardcore group of ultras, the Frente Atlético, have been responsible of such incidents on quite a few events earlier than — each inside and out of doors the bottom — and the membership have didn’t take decisive motion, regardless of receiving punishments from UEFA. Until Atlético do no matter is important to cope with this, together with lifetime stadium bans if these accountable could be recognized, it would proceed to occur.

Vinicius’ response to racist criticism of his aim celebrations this week was an eloquent, word-perfect assertion on the problem 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 Real Madrid’s second aim with a trademark run down the left.

After the match, Vinicius Junior posted a photograph of his celebration with Rodrygo together with the caption, “Dance wherever you need.” Keep dancing, Vini.

3. Griezmann’s first begin ends in defeat

It had change into a operating joke to this point 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 will 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 was Griezmann did begin. And he began fairly properly. Playing alongside Joao Felix in assault, it was Griezmann who was arguably Atletico’s liveliest participant in the primary half, usually dropping deep to get entangled in play.

When the time got here for Simeone to make adjustments in the second half, with Atlético chasing the sport, it was Griezmann who stayed on. Just do not be shocked to see him again on the bench subsequent time.

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Player rankings

Real 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.

Best and worst performers

BEST: Fede Valverde, Real Madrid.

Another week, one other aim. Keeps getting higher and higher. Arguably probably the most in-form midfielder in Spain proper now.

WORST: Felipe, Atletico Madrid.

Always seems to be just like the weakest hyperlink in Atlético’s protection.

Highlights and notable moments

The Madrid derby was chippy from the opening whistle, and it did not take lengthy for tempers to flare up.

But Rodrygo stored his cool and located the opening aim from a wonderful 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 needed to put up with disgusting racist assaults over his personal dance celebrations.

Real Madrid stored rolling after that, and Federico Valverde doubled their lead.

Atletico’s Mario Hermoso later pulled one again, but it surely solely did a lot as Hermoso earned a second yellow card not lengthy after.


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Hermoso pulls one again for Atletico in the Madrid derby.

After the match: What the gamers and managers mentioned

Real Madrid supervisor Carlo Ancelotti on being too conservative after the two-goal lead: “Yes. I agree with that. In the primary half we performed properly from the again, twice we began with [goalkeeper] Thibaut [Courtois] and scored two targets. We had been comfy in possession. In the second half we misplaced the concept to harm them. In the top we suffered, we managed the sport however on the finish we suffered. Atlético pushed and brought on us issues.”

Atletico Madrid supervisor Diego Simeone: “I can not criticize the gamers. There are all the time errors, however they gave all the things. Madrid have a extremely good direct model. Their transitions from protection to assault are quick they usually’re terribly scientific. I prefer it. They’re organized in protection, they counterattack, they take their possibilities. It’s an awesome job by the coach. They have gamers who’re good on the ball they usually additionally work defensively. Valverde and Vinicius, with the expertise of Kroos and Modric. But I believe we had been all the time in the sport.”

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal: “We’re very glad. We got here right here to win. I believe we performed a extremely good first half, particularly the primary half-hour, we took our two possibilities. In the second half we did not have as a lot of the ball to harm them. We had been comfy at 0-2. It bought extra difficult on the finish however they’re three factors.”

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper: Jan Oblak: “It leaves a nasty style. We’ve misplaced the derby, we have misplaced an important sport. I do not suppose we had been so dangerous, we did not deserve the defeat, however that is soccer, they took their possibilities and we did not. The feeling is all the time dangerous while you lose. We’re all unhappy.”

Key stats (supplied by ESPN Stats & Information)

  • Antoine Griezmann made his first begin of the season for Atlético Madrid. Prior 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 aim this season. In the 2021-22 LaLiga season, Rodrygo solely scored 4 targets.

  • Atletico Madrid has not come again to beat Real Madrid in any competitors when trailing at any level because the 2018 UEFA Super Sup once they trailed 2-1 earlier than profitable 4-2 in further time.

  • Real Madrid leads LaLiga with 18 factors as the one crew in Europe’s prime 5 leagues to win all of its league video games this season.

  • Real Madrid have opened the season with 9 straight wins in all competitions for the primary time since 1968-69 once they received a club-record 11 straight video games to open the season, tied with 1961-62.

Up subsequent

Atletico Madrid: Atlético may have lower than seven days to arrange for his or her journey to Sevilla, taking up Julen Lopetegui’s crew on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Real Madrid: Los Blancos will return to the comforts of the Bernabeu on Sunday, Oct. 2 once they host Osasuna at 3 pm ET.


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