In a scintillating display at the Bernabeu Stadium, Brazilian sensations Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo stole the spotlight, each scoring twice to propel Real Madrid to a resounding 5-1 triumph over Valencia in LaLiga on Saturday.
The action unfolded early as full-back Dani Carvajal showcased brilliance, unleashing a half-volley from the edge of the box in the third minute. Despite Toni Kroos rattling the crossbar with a freekick, Valencia’s Hugo Duro had moments of brilliance nullified by keeper Andriy Lunin.
Yet, it was the Brazilian duo, Vinicius and Rodrygo, who dominated the game. In the 42nd minute, a dazzling cross from Rodrygo found Vinicius, who scored with a shoulder dive reminiscent of footvolley games on Rio de Janeiro’s beaches.
Vinicius, fueled by determination following racist abuse in May, struck again after halftime with a clinical curling shot. Rodrygo joined the scoring spree, capitalizing on a goalkeeper error to tap in from close range.
Not to be outdone, Rodrygo dazzled in the 84th minute, weaving past defenders before slotting a tidy finish. Valencia’s Hugo Duro managed a late consolation goal two minutes from time.
Real manager Carlo Ancelotti praised the team’s performance, stating, “From start to finish, we showed all the quality we have. Attitude, courage. It was a very well-played game.”
Real Madrid now sits second in the standings with 32 points, just two behind surprise leaders Girona. As the football spectacle continues, eyes are on Barcelona, third with 27 points, facing Alaves on Sunday.