Before challenging Liverpool on Tuesday in the Champions League, Real Madrid suffered on Saturday to stay in touch with Barça in La Liga. The success obtained in the last quarter of an hour in Osasuna (0-2) thus allows the men of Carlo Ancelotti to return to five points from their Catalan rival, who host Cadiz this Sunday (9 p.m.). After having stumbled on goalkeeper Sergio Herrera for a long time, Real made the difference thanks to Valverde (0-1, 78th) and Asensio (0-2, 90th +2).
Again decisive by offering the first goal to Valverde, Vinicius previously distinguished himself in a less glorious way by insulting the referee of the meeting. Blaming him for not having whistled a foul in his favor, the Brazilian striker thus dropped Luis Montero “Fuck you, son of a bitch”. These remarks picked up by the Spanish media could cost Vinicius dearly, even if he was strangely not expelled on the spot.
“Alvaro can help us this season”
More positive note for Real: their young striker Alvaro Rodriguez (18) has shown that he is ready to relieve the Madrid attacking sector, again deprived of injured Karim Benzema. For the first appearance of his life in La Liga, two minutes from the end of regulation time, the Urugayen was breathtaking. He immediately offered a goal to Vinicius, refused for offside (88th), before putting it back for good by serving Marco Asensio on the second goal of the match.
“He is a player who has a lot of qualities, he is very tall [1,93 m], he has good ball control, he is great with his head, commented a laudatory Carlo Ancelotti. I am convinced that he can help us this season. This would not be too much, given the physical difficulties of KB9.