Of his first two times in the Champions League round of 16, Vinicius Jr had bitter memories. In 2019, the night that Real Madrid fell against Ajax , when everything collapsed after three straight ears, the Brazilian had left the field crying, with the ligaments in his right ankle destroyed. Last year, after leaving confinement, Zidane did not give him a few minutes of warm-up while the team lost in Manchester. When Vinicius learned that he would not be the starter, disappointment led him to disconnect from the group and connect to his mobile. The coach did not forgive him. Against Atalanta he had the night that had already eluded him twice. And he squeezed it.
The Brazilian remembered that prodigy of February and March 2019, just before the injury, when his unconsciousness to the attack scared away doubts. He was agitating like no one else, although without finishing picking fruit. But they were flat, depressing days, in which his spark lit up the team and lit up the Bernabéu. Against Atalanta, their careers were the tests of the team's life. When they pressed more, their gallop stretched the whites and reminded the rival that they were still there.
Real MadridCourtois, Nacho, Sergio Ramos (Eder Militao, min. 63), Varane, Lucas Vázquez, Kroos, Ferland Mendy, Federico Valverde ( Marco Asensio, min. 81), Modric, Vinicius Junior (Rodrygo, min. 68) and BenzemaAtalantaSportiello, Djimsiti, Cristian Romero, Rafael Tolói (Palomino, min. 60), Joakim Maehle, Marten de Roon, Robin Gosens (Josip Ilicic, min. 56), Matteo Pessina (Mattia Caldara, min. 83), Pasalic (Duván Zapata, min. 45), Luis Muriel (Aleksey Miranchuk, min. 83) and Malinovsky Goals1-0 min. 33: Benzema. 2-0 min. 59: Sergio Ramos. 2-1 min. 82: Luis Muriel. 3-1 min. 83: Marco Asensio. Referee Danny Makkelie Yellow cards Federico Valverde (min. 38), Rafael Tolói (min. 57), Nacho (min. 72) and Kroos (min. 76)
The first danger ration was served after a quarter of an hour, when he chased a ball that Kroos sent him running over the touchline. He reached the end and the center was about to head him Benzema. With the Atalanta overturned, Vinicius threw himself with tireless voracity for every space. The next one still moved closer to the goal. He flew between rivals while from the stands Casemiro yelled at him: "Lucas, Lucas!" The Galician entered the other band. But Vinicius danced a little more, found a wall with Benzema and ended up finishing off against a defender. "Good, Vini, good!", Ramos, the other absent from the last two sinks, encouraged him from the defense
Failure after a great play
The Brazilian, as in the early days, did not tire of trying, but he also seemed there must be a special effort in the team to wrap it up in that constant and often unsuccessful hammering. And it went on and on, getting closer and closer to scoring. Like after half-time when he started in his field from a wall with Mendy who sent him running into the open field. And he ran, and ran, while Casemiro was agitated in the stands: "Goal, goal, goal, goal …", he was saying as Vinicius made his way, conquered the area, in one of his dreamed movements, he was face Face to face with the goalkeeper, Sportiello, he touched it with the outside looking for the base of the pole, and saw how it went away. “For very little. I have to keep improving. I'm sure I'll score the next one ”, said Vinicius was hooked on the net, while Benzema covered his face and Sergio Ramos collapsed on the grass in midfield. “One laments because it is sad that after doing the most difficult that that play does not end in a goal. I would have been happy if Vini had scored that goal, "the central defender said later.
The Brazilian did not quit. He also ran in the next one. "Voa, Vini, voa!" Casemiro yelled at her. This time as he approached the area he cut out. “I am a player who enters with personality, I fail and in the next one I will always go. He thought [the defender] that I wasn't going but I always go, it's the best I do, I miss one and the next I go again ”, Vinicius explained. Penalty. He celebrated it like a goal. Since he arrived at Madrid, no player on the team has caused more than him (4). He joked with Militão, who was warming up in the band. He joked with Benzema as they waited for Ramos to shoot. And he received the hug of the captain, who forgot his previous despair when he scored the 2-0.
Back in his field, before Atalanta kicked off center, on his way through the band Vinicius hugged Bettoni, and also hugged Zidane. Released.
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