Real Madrid vs. Mallorca: Individual brilliance from Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo propels Los Blancos in the second half

 Real Madrid vs. Mallorca: Individual brilliance from Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo propels Los Blancos in the second half

Real Madrid vs. Mallorca: Individual brilliance from Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo propels Los Blancos in the second half

84th minute: In the last five minutes, Vinicius has spent more time on the ground than on his feet. He tussled with Raillo on a Mallorca corner before being clattered on the touchline by Maffeo. He's certainly fouled, but they're a little soft, and it's irritating Mallorca. He's then hacked near the corner flag, leaps to his feet, and roars in front of the Bernabeu crowd.



81st minute: Alaba receives a yellow card for preventing a Mallorca counter-attack by blocking Grenier. There's some extracurricular activity going on between the Real Madrid player and Maffeo.


Muriqui is forced to leave the field in the 79th minute due to fatigue or an injury. They also take off Kang-In Lee, bringing on Abdon Prats and Junior Lago in a full attacking reshuffle.


GOAL! REAL MADRID! 72nd minute! After a lengthy break for Carvajal to prepare, Madrid takes the lead right away. Luka Modric finds Rodrygo in midfield, and the Brazilian weaves and dodges his way through the Mallorca midfield. He crosses to Vinicius Jr. in the penalty area, who scores to put Madrid ahead for the first time. Los Blancos haven't had their best performance, but they don't have to be at their best to produce moments of brilliance like that.

90+2 minutes: GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! Antonio Rudiger has scored his first goal for Real Madrid, rifling in at the far post off a free-kick. The replay shows he was well offside on Toni Kroos' delivery, but the goal is given on the stroke of full-time. Down the stretch, the hosts are putting on a show.


GOAL! in the 89th minute! MADRID IN ITS ENTIRETY! What a knockout from Rodrygo!! According to the Brazilian, anything my countrymate Vinicius can do, I can do as well. He takes the ball near midfield and, with incredible skill, sends both Nastasic and Raillo for a hot dog. Then it's just the finish, which is simple by then. The icing on the cake for Real Madrid's home match.

Post-match analysis of Real Madrid vs. Mallorca

In Benzema's absence, Rodrygo and Vinicius shine.

While Eden Hazard was tasked with replacing the injured Karim Benzema from the start, he did not have the impact Ancelotti hoped for. Instead, it was the young Brazilian duo of Vinicius and Rodrygo who stood out.


Rodrygo was the star of the show, putting in all the effort on Vinicius' goal before performing his own magic to score himself. It was a spectacular performance, one that will give World Cup favorites Brazil a boost ahead of the tournament in Qatar this winter. The level of talent on that national team is almost incomprehensible.


Luka Modric is still a game-changer.

Throughout the first half and early second half, Ceballos attempted to pull the strings for the Real Madrid attack, hurling himself at the Mallorca low block in the hope of creating a gap. It just wasn't going to happen, and while he officially assisted on Valverde's opener just before halftime, the reality was that he delivered a small lateral ball inside his own half before Valverde ran the length of the field and finished.


Modric's substitution for Ceballos on the hour mark changed the game, as the 37-year-old Croatian calmed Madrid and spurred them to victory. Despite his advanced age, Modric continues to demonstrate that he is irreplaceable in the Madrid midfield, and Ancelotti will be aware that replacing his maestro will be a difficult task.


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Mallorca were up to the task in the first 45 minutes at the Bernabeu, but couldn't hold on as moments of individual brilliance from Federico Valverde, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo were enough to propel Real Madrid to all three points today.


The hosts struggled with the low Mallorca block in the first hour, conceding on a set piece for the game's opening goal, but the introduction of Aurelien Tchouameni and Luka Modric changed the game, as the latter forced Mallorca to open up. In the second half, Vinicius and Rodrygo ripped the Mallorca defense to shreds, allowing Real Madrid to take all three points.

Rodrygo weaved through the Mallorca midfield and laid on Vinicius for the finish in the 72nd minute to put Carlo Ancelotti's side ahead.


Rodrygo would score his own goal, a breathtaking display of individual skill that saw him carve open the Mallorca defense and deposit the ball past a helpless Pedrag Radjkovic.


The introduction of Luka Modric on the hour mark was also crucial to the match, as Dani Ceballos worked hard after earning the start, but doesn't provide the same combination of on-ball calm and incisive passing.


Toni Kroos' stoppage-time set piece was completed by Antonio Rudiger.


Sporting News provided live score updates and commentary during the Real Madrid vs. Mallorca match.


Real Madrid were far from perfect at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, but they were propelled to victory by individual brilliance, defeating Mallorca 4-1 thanks to brilliant performances from Federico Valverde, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo.


While Mallorca striker Muriqui converted Lee Kang-free-kick In's just past the half-hour mark to stun the La Liga leaders, Valverde's stunning goal just before halftime leveled the score and provided some respite from an otherwise drab first half. After the break, a pair of Brazilian teenagers took command of the game.

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