Champions Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in an entertaining derby away from home to maintain a perfect win record in six games at the start of their La Liga title defence.
Rodrygo opened the scoring for Real few minutes into the game with a half-volley from Aurelien Tchouameni’s audacious scooped ball over the top of Athleti defence.
Rodrygo celebrated the goal in style by dancing with his fellow Brazilian forward, Vinicius Jr in what many have described as a big win for football.
Federico Valverde doubled Madrid’s lead while Mario Hermoso reduced the deficit before getting himself sent-off as Real Madrid made it six wins from six games this season.
News of a possible racial attack on Vinicius dominated the headlines in the build-up to the game as Atletico player, Koke warned the Brazilian not to incure the wrath of the home fans at the Wanda Metropolitano by dancing when he scores a goal.
Vinicius released a statement saying he won’t be intimidated by racial slurs and won’t stop dancing with Football fans all over the world including team-mates -Neymar, Gabriel Jesus (after scoring today) and others showing immense support for the youngstar.
With the #ViniJrBalia trending worldwide many anticipated the trademark dance from Vinicius Jr. He couldn’t get his name on the scoresheet though he had an assist and a great performance on the night.
However, Vinicius Jr. defied the rapturous Atleti fans and danced in his usual trademark fashion to celebrate the first goal with Rodrygo.