By Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Published: 22:20 BST, 30 September 2020 | Updated: 02:01 BST, 1 October 2020
Vinicius Junior climbed off the bench to give Real Madrid 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 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
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 Real Madrid with Serbian striker Luka Jovic again starting under Zidane, and again failing to find the net.
Real Madrid 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
Vinicius made the breakthrough in the 65th minute after the goal