The Real Madrid players took to the field in the shirts of their team-mate Vinicius Junior before the game against Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night, after last Sunday’s racism incident in the game against Valencia. The home crowd also supported the Brazilian, with a tifo and loud applause in the 20th minute.
Before kick-off, a banner was unfurled in the south corner of the Santiago Bernabéu with the message “We are all Vinicius. Enough is enough”. On the side was a shirt with the image of the Brazilian.
The Real players then posed with their backs to the photographers, in a row, all with their team-mate’s name and number 20 on their shirts, to the applause of the crowd. The winger, present in civilian clothes, also applauded, clearly touched by the gesture.
20 minutes into the game, loud applause from the supporters followed for Vinicius, who was missing from the squad due to a knee injury, according to his coach Carlo Ancelotti. Vinicius, meanwhile in the stands next to Real president Florentino Pérez, thanked the audience.
LaLiga president Javier Tebas has apologized for his reaction on Twitter after the player denounced racism in Spain. “Before you criticize and insult LaLiga, you should inform yourself. Don’t let yourself be manipulated,” wrote Tebas, who in the meantime said that he “did not want to attack” Vinicius.
On the half hour mark, Real striker Karim Benzema approached goalkeeper Dimitrievski, who he skilfully avoided before shooting the ball in (31.). In the end, the visitors surprisingly came alongside when Raul de Tomas (84.) managed to floor Courtois, but shortly afterwards Rodrygo (89.) gave the home team the victory: 2-1.
Thanks to the victory, Real Madrid temporarily rises to second place in the standings, with two points more than city rival Atlético, which will play against Espanyol later on Wednesday evening. There are still two match days on the program in La Liga. Barcelona, which lost 3-1 to Valladolid on Tuesday evening, was already crowned the new champion of Spain on May 14.