Vinicius Junior had more than his goal to celebrate in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Valencia in the Spanish league.
Vinicius was also glad to escape serious injury after a vicious foul by Gabriel Paulista in the second half, which ignited a brawl and earned the Valencia defender a straight red card on Thursday.
Vinicius scored his goal after a long run on a breakaway in the 54th, two minutes after Marco Asensio had given the hosts the lead.
Real lost two of their key players because of injuries — Militão had to be replaced in the first half and Karim Benzema early in the second.
With 45 points, Real climbed to second place in the standings, five behind leaders Barcelona.
Juve in semis
The Italian Cup is giving Juventus a respite from their Serie A troubles. Gleison Bremer scored the winner as Juventus beat Lazio 1-0 on Thursday to reach the Italian Cup semi-finals.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side will face Inter Milan in the two-legged semi-finals after they beat Atalanta 1-0. Juventus came into the match on the back of a 2-0 loss to Monza in the league.
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