sport news 1-0 Real Valladolid: Vinicius Junior's second-half strike seals win

1-0 Real Valladolid: Vinicius Junior comes off the bench to score winner for reigning LaLiga champions and send message to his manager Zinedine Zidane The visitors frustrated the reigning champions for large parts of the game  But Vinicius Junior broke the deadlock for the hosts in the 65th minute  Eden Hazard watched from the stands after being ruled out through injury 

By Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Published: 22:20 BST, 30 September 2020 | Updated: 02:01 BST, 1 October 2020

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Vinicius Junior climbed off the bench to give victory over Valladolid and send a message to his manager Zinedine Zidane.

Vinicius had been left on the bench for the second game running but beat Valladolid’s former West Ham keeper Roberto Jimenez.

The Brazilian winger has struggled for goals over his last two seasons and so for all his youthful brilliance Zidane has overlooked him for big games including last season’s Champions League defeat by Manchester City.

Vinicius Junior scores Real Madrid's winner on Wednesday night with a close-range finish

Vinicius Junior scores 's winner on Wednesday night with a close-range finish

Vinicius scores the opener against Real Valladolid's Spanish goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez

Vinicius scores the opener against Real Valladolid's Spanish goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez

Vinicius is surrounded by Real Madrid team-mates after scoring what turned out to be winner

Vinicius is surrounded by team-mates after scoring what turned out to be winner

But he finished well on 65 minutes and although he was offside the goal stood because the ball had reached him after hitting Valladolid defender Bruno Gonzalez.

It was a hard fought victory for with Serbian striker Luka Jovic again starting under Zidane, and again failing to find the net.

almost took the lead after 10 minutes when Valladolid keeper Roberto kept out Fede Valverde’s shot.

The keeper changed direction well to get a right hand to the Uruguayan’s shot through a crowded area.

Real Madrid's Vinicius celebrates with his team-mate Marco Asensio after breaking deadlock

's Vinicius celebrates with his team-mate Marco Asensio after breaking deadlock

Vinicius made the breakthrough in the 65th minute after the goal was checked by VAR

Vinicius made the breakthrough in the 65th minute after the goal

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