In the Santiago Bernabéu, Real Madrid players took the field dressed in Vinicius shirts and, together with their Rayo Vallecano colleagues, raised a flag with the caption “Racists, get out of football” before the initial whistle.
Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0 this Wednesday in the 36th La Liga matchday, in a match that was a tribute to Brazilian striker Vinicius, after he suffered racist abuse last Sunday in Valencia.
The Merengue team took the lead with a goal from Karim Benzema (31), but Raúl de Tomás made it 1-1 (84) before Rodrygo made it 2-1 with a shot from the front (89), celebrated with a raised fist. The Brazilians, in the match that began at the Santiago Bernabéu with the local players, wearing the field shirt of Vinicius.
Before the initial whistle, two teams held a banner that read “Racists, get out of football”, the other with the slogan “We are all equal, enough is enough” was hung on one post.
“What we did is beautiful because there is no place for racism in this world. What we did is good for the world to see that there is no place for racism,” Eduardo Camavinga told Movistar+ after the game.
– In the governor’s box –
Vinicius himself, burdened by the burden, went on to the field to the applause of the crowd, who chanted his name and number in the 20th minute.
“I love you!!! I thank you and I thank you,” the young Brazilian wrote on social networks after the meeting.
Vinicius “received a psychotropic performance all these days” is “Rada Carlo Ancelotti”, he is convinced that “the whole society” is aware of the situation.
Vinicius, although he was not on the field, aimed at the bow in the match, in which Real Madrid began to work against Rayo’s raids, who tried to speed up their last chances to reach the European stage, but went ahead after half an hour. with controversy.
In a neutral drop in the center of the field, Kroos was faster, passed Benzema who, behind the wall with Valverde, melted past the goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski to make it 1-0 (31).
The Frenchman, the second best scorer in the league with 18 goals, was again connected with the target for the first time since April 12.
With the score in their favor, the white team took charge of the game against Rayo Vallecano, who, after the break, did not manage to defend the goal from Thibaut Courtois.
And when it seemed that the game was moving calmly towards a meringue victory, Raúl de Tomás appeared.
– Rodrygo to deliver –
Rayo’s shot invades the area shot into the white goal (84), but almost over the bell Rodrygo, acting for Vinicius this Wednesday, shot from the edge to make it 2-1 (89).
The young Brazilian winger did not hesitate to raise his right fist high as a sign of support for his ally Merengue to celebrate the goal of victory.
The victory allows the white team to regain second place ahead of Atlético, who drew 3-3 at Espanyol.
Atlético scored goals from Saúl (20), Antoine Griezmann (45+1) and Carrasco (46), but César Montes (64), Joselu from the penalty spot (75) and Vinicius (79) equalized.
Espanyol, who ended his goal in a closed Atlético area, added a golden point to continue to dream of safety as they have three points, with six to go.
In that battle for the standings, Getafe beat Betis 1-0 with a goal from Omar Alderete (68), which allowed the people of Madrid to leave the relegation zone and Valladolid, who had beaten FC Barcelona on Tuesday (3-1).
Seven teams will fight in the next two days to occupy one of the two relegation places that remain to be assigned.