Real Madrid end drought

TEENAGE Brazilian Vinicius Junior came off the bench to make the difference, inspiring Real Madrid to a 2-0 win over Real Valladolid.

It was the European champions first victory in Liga since September 22 when they overcame Espanyol 1-0 at the Bernabeu.

Santiago Solari’s side looked set for a dismal goalless draw in the Argentine’s La Liga bow as interim manager until the late introduction of Vinicius late on. It was through his energy that Real finally took the lead after 83 minutes, with the Brazilian’s wayward shot from inside the box deflected into the back of the net.

From then on, the hosts played with a bit more freedom, with the result consolidated by a late penalty kick from Sergio Ramos as they move up to sixth in the standings, four points leaders Barcelona.

But this was a game in which Real Madrid rode their luck at times, demonstrated by the sight of Real Valladolid striking the crossbar twice in the second half. – Eurosport

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