Real, Atletico, warm up for Madrid Derby with Routine Wins

The crisis at Real Madrid abated for the time being after they beat Osasuna 2-0 on Wednesday without Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale to go top of La Liga.

Superstars Hazard and Bale were among a number of players rested by coach Zinedine Zidane, with Real facing seven games in 21 days, the next of them against city rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Vinicius Junior, who has endured a difficult few months, filled the void, bending a shot into the top corner before crying tears of what presumably were a mixture of joy and relief.

While Vinicius was Madrid’s Brazilian sensation 12 months ago, Rodrygo might be one for the present.

The 18-year-old, who was bought from Santos in 2018 but joined last summer, added a superb second goal, and his first for the club, just one minute after coming off the bench for a remarkable debut.

“I’m glad for them,” said Zidane. “Sometimes we forget they are 18 (and 19) years old. We have seen the emotion they felt about scoring at the Bernabeu. I liked Rodrygo’s goal but I liked the control even more.”

Earlier, Diego Costa and Joao Felix scored to put Atletico Madrid 2-0 up at Mallorca before substitute Alvaro Morata got sent off.

Costa’s was simple, as Mallorca failed to clear Koke’s cross and the striker nipped in to head past goalkeeper Manolo Reina.

Felix’s was more complex but owed something to fortune too. The Portuguese did brilliantly to bring a looping ball down but his finish on the turn took a cruel deflection before spinning up and into the far corner.

Morata’s moments of madness, that included two bookings in as many minutes after an argument with Mallorca’s Xisco Campos, should mean Costa and Felix reunite this weekend.


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