Only Vinícius Junior was enough to break the momentum of a Espanyol that put Real Madrid on the ropes in the first minutes of the game. The Brazilian returned to wake up yoursas he already did at Anfield against Liverpool, with a ‘house brand’ goal and led a comeback (3-1) that serves as a warning to FC Barcelona for the Clásico of the next day: the white team must never be left for dead.
The sunny day at the Bernabéu started with a parakeet storm looming over Carlo Ancelotti’s players, who had to counter the Catalans’ first attack an instant after the ball started rolling.
It did not serve as a warning to the meringues: after two minutes Martin Braithwaite really scared Concha Espina after receiving a ball between the lines and planting himself in front of Thibaut Courtois, who prevented the Dane’s whiplash from slipping into the goal.
Madrid’s relief was short-lived, as an old acquaintance would overtake the parrots, Joselu. the excanterano he did not forgive his old club and nailed a measured pass from Rubén Sánchez, who had left behind Camavinga, the protagonist in the bad start for the Whites, and Tchouaméni, who had been robbed of the ball at the start of the game with his left foot and first, with his left foot. move.
The goal silenced the fans of the European champion and left the whites reeling on the ‘ring’. But Espanyol did not take advantage of Madrid’s bad moment and left him alive. Enough for Vinícius to do his thing when the clock passed the 20th minute.
The Brazilian got tired of being behind on the scoreboard and he only invented one fantasy play from the left side. He stood on the balcony of the area with two defenders in front, changed pace as he entered the area, where he left another rival on the way, and took a dry shot that hit Pacheco’s right post.
I almost didn’t celebrate it. He went straight to the center of the field while he kissed the shield and turned his fans on to wait for the parrots to come out. A competitive energy that ended up infecting his teammates, since he saw himself in another Madrid from that moment on: active, aggressive, dangerous and upright. Thus they had several scoring chances that narrowly escaped, until Eder Militao appeared, again with Vinícius as an accomplice. “Militao Airlines”, baptized the white team on their social networks the header of the defender who put the team ahead before the break.
The return from the changing rooms made it clear that the second 45 minutes were already another completely different story. With Ancelotti’s men dominating possession, Diego Martínez’s men were encouraged to wait for a counter that would allow them to try to equalize, but the Real had learned the lesson.
Thus the 90 minutes were completed, but the meringues had not yet completed the comeback. Nacho Fernández saw space between the defeated Espanyol footballers, and started at speed leaving behind three rivals to stand on the balcony of the area and give half a goal to Marco Asensio, who scored the final third at will to begin to focus on the visit to the Camp Nou next Sunday.
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Real Madrid – Espanyol, live: last minute of matchday 25 of LaLiga, result and goals