World News – US – Madrid miss Hazard as Vinicius sneaks into Valladolid


Real Madrid missed the creativity of injured Eden Hazard as only a chance goal from substitute Vinicius Junior earned him a 1-0 win over Real Valladolid in La Liga on Wednesday

Vinicius capitalized on a chaotic defense in the Valladolid penalty area after coming for Luka Jovic, the failed Madrid striker who was committed but ultimately unsuccessful in front of goal

Jovic could still be cleared to leave before the transfer window ended on Monday and he must have looked longingly as Vinicius had a mere chance to give Madrid their second win of the season

But the lack of goals only underscored the absence of Hazard, who was due to make his first appearance of the season to retire from the squad earlier on Wednesday with a muscle injury to his right leg

Hazard missed Madrid’s first two games, with Zinedine Zidane adamant the Belgian midfielder needed to be in great shape and pain free due to the ankle problem he struggled with last season

Still, a separate injury means Hazard is now set to be out for at least two more weeks, leaving Madrid to fend for themselves without their € 100million ($ 117million) signing, as they had for many. long periods during its opening year

« He’s a little sad because he trained really well during the week, with his speed, as I know he can It’s a little backhand but it’s not the ankle and probably after the international truce he will be with us « 

With Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez gone, the onus of attack will fall on Vinicius, although Zidane would rather start with the Brazilian on the bench and give Jovic another chance to impress alongside Karim Benzema

« We were a bit lacking in rhythm, we had to move the ball faster, » added Courtois

« If you don’t move the ball quickly, it will be easy for them to defend themselves. In the second half, we were better »

Jovic, who has only scored two goals since arriving from Frankfurt for € 60m in July 2019, couldn’t be blamed for lack of effort and was arguably Madrid’s busiest attacking player in the first half

But two good chances unfolded and Zidane finally brought Vinicius just before the hour

Seven out of nine points is a good start for the defending champions, with Barcelona due to play away at Celta Vigo on Thursday

Previously, Atletico Madrid continued their 6-1 battle against Granada on Saturday with a much less spectacular goalless draw in Huesca

Valladolid are still winless after four games, having managed only home draws against Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo

Jovic got involved early for Madrid, his driving run on the left giving Marcelo a view of the goal, before a quick counterattack ended with Fede Valverde sliding the ball, but he shot it

Jovic hit the side net after a good job from Luka Modric, then saw a header saved early in the second half as Casemiro smashed the rebound against the crossbar

With the game on the line, Valladolid sniffed an opportunity Waldo Rubio trailed at close range, then Shon Weissman ran forward and forced Courtois to make a smart save

But as the visitors grew in confidence, Madrid struck, Vinicius taking advantage of a series of defensive errors, the latest made by Bruno, his clearance attempt falling at the feet of the 20-year-old, who didn’t is not deceived

Raul Garcia and Waldo came close to equalizer before Modric reached the post late

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World news – USA – Madrid miss Hazard as Vinicius sneaks into Valladolid



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