Vinícius Júnior and Marco Asensio steer Real Madrid past Valencia | European club football

Vinícius Júnior had more than his goal to celebrate in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Valencia in La Liga on Thursday. The Brazilian will also have been glad to escape serious injury after a vicious foul by the centre-back Gabriel Paulista in the second half that ignited a brawl and earned the Valencia player a straight red card.

Paulista struck a hard kick at Vinícius’ legs after the forward got past him in the 72nd minute, sending him hard to the ground. Vinícius quickly got up and confronted Paulista, shoving him from behind as other players arrived to join the scuffle. The Real…


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