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La Liga: Vinicius Jr drives Real Madrid engine

The 21-year-old has been of one of the standout players in Europe during this campaign and is two goals behind Karim Benzema at the top of Spanish League’s scoring charts
Vinicius Jr.
Vinicius Jr.
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Reuters   |   Published 06.12.21, 03:29 AM

Real Madrid secured a convincing 2-0 win against Real Sociedad on Saturday after travelling north to San Sebastian as they moved eight points clear at the top of Spanish League.

With striker Karim Benzema forced off after 17 minutes with a hamstring injury, it was once again Vinicius Jr who stood out by scoring his 10th goal of the season and driving the home side’s defence crazy with his boldness and audacity.

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Real’s man of the hour, 21-year-old ‘Vini’ has been of one of the standout players in Europe during this campaign and is two goals behind Benzema at the top of Spanish League’s scoring charts.

Luka Jovic, who replaced the injured Benzema, enjoyed his best game as a Real player, assisting Vinicius for the first goal and scoring the second with a diving header.

It was Real Madrid’s sixth consecutive league win and Sociedad’s first home loss of the season.

Real have 39 points, ahead of Sevilla on 31, Real Betis with 30 and Atletico Madrid on 29 with fifth-placed Sociedad. Sevilla, who beat visitors Villarreal 1-0, and Atletico, who lost 2-1 at home to Mallorca, have a game in hand on their rivals.

Kubo strikes

Atletico Madrid conceded a goal by Mallorca’s Takefusa Kubo in added time in a shock 2-1 home defeat that will be remembered on the Mediterranean island for years.

In an electrifying match in the Spanish capital, Atletico went in front through a Matheus Cunha strike in the 68th minute.

However, with 10 minutes left, Mallorca equalised with a header from Argentine defender Franco Russo, who outjumped Mario Hermoso from a free-kick and finished with precision past Jan Oblak.

As the clock ticked down in stoppage time substitute Kubo, on loan at Mallorca from Real, received a perfect through pass from Angel Rodriguez behind the defensive line and the 20-year-old Japan striker calmly slotted the ball under Oblak.



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