Real Madrid defeated rivals Atletico 2-1 on the Wanda Metropolitano in a heated and intriguing Madrid derby on Sunday to maintain their 100% report at first of the season.
In the primary half, Atletico pushed a excessive line, pressed Real for the ball, and performed with intent. Yet, by way of an unbelievable little bit of interaction between Rodrygo and Aurélien Tchouaméni, whose perfectly-weighted lobbed move tore by way of Atletico’s defensive position for the Brazilian to attain with an outside-of-the-boot half volley, Real have been forward towards the run of play.
What adopted overshadowed the rest on the day, as Rodrygo and his compatriot Vinicius Jr raced to the nook flag, and danced collectively in celebration in entrance of the Atleti devoted.
Despite all of the motion on the pitch, the sport and week’s buildup might be marred by the racial abuse confronted by Vinicius. Fans, not only a choose few however nicely over a ton, exterior the Wanda Metropolitano have been filmed chanting “You are a monkey. Vinicius is a monkey” earlier than kick-off by COPE.
Vinicius, one in all Real’s most potent attacking threats prior to now few years, has had a superb begin to the season. He dominated the buildup to the match for all of the flawed causes although, as there had been appreciable controversy over the Brazilian’s dancing aim celebrations. The 22-year-old, a black man, got here out on social media to criticise the racially suggestive feedback made by soccer agent Pedro Bravoa, as a visitor on a Spanish discuss present.
The Brazilian has been accused of being deliberately provocative and disrespectful of his opponents by way of his samba-like dance strikes, however he categorically denied these claims, and brazenly revelaed that he feels he’s subjected to a distinct commonplace of scrutiny attributable to his race, and the underlying racism is the premise for the criticism.
He was later supported by the likes of Neymar and Pele, and Arsenal ahead Gabriel Jesus even danced after scoring towards Brentford within the Premier League as a tribute.
Gabriel Jesus devoted his celebration to Brazil teammate Vinicius Junior. pic.twitter.com/zfm3NoiWcT
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 18, 2022
Vinicius was closely concerned within the second aim additionally, as he darted in from the left wing and hit the put up earlier than Federico Valverde slotted residence to present Real a flattering 2-0 lead at half time. Much of the second half was cagey, and though defender Mario Hermoso pulled one again late into the match, the Spaniard was later despatched off and Real left with the three factors.
There was loads of motion on the pitch to speak about, together with an excellent efficiency from Tchouaméni, who’s proving with each small step he takes precisely why Real spent upwards of 80 million euros for him and let go of Casemiro. But the racist abuse and incidents will inevitably take the headlines.