La Liga: Real Madrid cruise as Brazilian duo turn on style

Brazilian duo Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo put on a show at the Bernabeu Stadium as they both scored twice to lead Real Madrid to a 5-1 thrashing of Valencia in LaLiga on Saturday.

 

Real opened the scoring in the third minute, as full-back Dani Carvajal unleashed a half-volley from the edge of the box after lifting the ball over Valencia defender Jose Gaya with a brilliant first touch.

Toni Kroos sent a free-kick off the crossbar shortly after but, despite the hosts early dominance, Valencia’s Hugo Duro had two great chances to score in the space of a few minutes that goalkeeper Andriy Lunin denied with fine saves from close range.

However, Vinicius and Rodrygo were a constant threat for Valencia’s defence, creating several chances before finally working together to extend their lead in the 42nd minute.

Rodrygo burst down the right touchline and crossed low to Vinicius who launched himself towards the ball to score with his shoulder in a fabulous diving effort common in the footvolley games played on the beaches of his hometown Rio de Janeiro.

Vinicius struck again shortly after half-time striking a clinical curling shot from the edge of the box.

Rodrygo extended their lead one minute later, tapping in from close range.

Rodrygo put a gloss on the scoreline with a fine individual effort in the 84th minute, dribbling past two defenders before netting a tidy finish to the goalkeeper’s left.

Striker Hugo Duro scored Valencia’s consolation goal two minutes from time with a strike from close range.

Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Barcelona fought back after conceding an early goal to beat lower-ranked Alaves 2-1 on Sunday. Alaves’s 19-year-old striker Samu Omorodion shocked Barca when he opened the scoring 18 seconds after kick-off with a close-range strike.

However, Barca got back on top in the second half and Lewandowski equalised with a towering header in the 52nd minute.

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