Real Madrid players and fans showed their support for Vinicius Junior when they beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1 at the Bernabéu.
The victory was the club’s first since their Brazilian striker was racially abused in Valencia on Sunday.
Vinicius missed the match due to injury, and the Real players took to the field in his No. 20 shirt, while the captains of the two teams wore armbands bearing anti-racism messages.
Fans chanted the 22-year-old’s name in the 20th minute in solidarity.
Players from both clubs joined together before the start of the La Liga match, holding a banner that read, “The racists [get] outside of football.”
A banner was also displayed in the stands that read, “We are all Vinicius. Enough.”
Vinicius, who had his red card canceled against Valencia, was greeted when he took to the pitch before the match.
He was watching from the stands, as he sat next to Real’s president Florentino Pérez.
Vinicius got to his feet to acknowledge the show of support and later posted a photo of himself waving to fans on Instagram with the message: “I love them! Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
His Brazilian compatriot Rodrigo scored the winning goal in the 89th minute for third-placed Real.
They saw Karim Benzema’s opener ruled out by Raul de Tomas – and Rodrygo celebrated his goal with a black power salute.
President of the Spanish League Javier Tebas had apologized to Vinicius on Wednesdaysaying he did not intend to “attack” the player in a social media spat following Sunday’s events.
Vinicius, who was sent off for violent behavior late in the Valencia game, said La Liga “belongs to racists”.
Tebas and La Liga’s handling of the incident was widely condemned after the president told Vinicius “You have to inform yourself properly”.
La Liga said it would seek “further sanctioning powers” to ensure it could sanction incidents of racism.
On Tuesday, the Spanish Football Federation announced that Valencia had been penalized with a partial stadium closure for five matches and fined 45,000 euros (39,000 pounds).
Regarding the penalty, Real Madrid director Carlo Ancelotti said: “I was surprised by the competition committee’s decision. I think it was the right one.”
Ahead of Tuesday night’s matches between Real Valladolid, Barcelona, Celta Vigo and Girona, players and match officials stood behind signs reading “Racism, out of football”.
Barcelona winger Rafinha also revealed a message of support to his fellow Brazilian in the second half when he was substituted.
- 2Carvajal RamosBooked in 60 minutes
- 22Ruedigerreplaced withChuminiin 83 ‘minutes
- 15Valverdereplaced withCeballosin 63′minutes
- 10Modricreplaced withAsensioin 71 ‘minutes
- 13the moon
- 23who is this
- 26Lopez Andujar
- 19the guy
- 3Garcia Torres
- 6Comisana VegaBooked in 53 minutesreplaced withtrigoin 63′minutes
- 23Valentine’s Day
- 7Palazon Camachoreplaced withChavarria Perezin 63′minutes
- 17LopezBooked at 51 minutesreplaced withSanchez Poncein 83 ‘minutes
- 18Garcia RiveraBooked in 33 minutesreplaced withFalcaoin 82 ‘minutes
- 34camelreplaced withThomasin 69 ‘minutes
- 14Sanchez Ponce
- 15Chavarria Perez
- to rule:
- Jesus Gil Manzano
The match is over, Real Madrid 2, Rayo Vallecano 1.
The second half ended, Real Madrid 2, and Rayo Vallecano 1.
missed attempt. Raul De Tomas (Rayo Vallecano) with his right foot from outside the penalty area is very high. With assistance from Pepe Chavarria.
Attempt is prohibited. Pep Chavarría (Rayo Vallecano) is blocked with a right foot from the right side of the penalty area.
The delay is over. They are willing to continue.
The match was delayed due to an injury to Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid).
missed attempt. Pep Chavarria (Rayo Vallecano) left footed shot from the left side of the box, misses to the right. Assisted by Salvi Sanchez after breakfast.
Corner, Real Madrid. Against by Stole Dimitrievski.
Attempt saved. Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the center of the penalty area hits the bottom right corner. With the help of Toni Kroos.
Goal! Real Madrid 2, Rayo Vallecano 1. Rodrygo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the penalty area into the bottom right corner. With assistance from Dani Ceballos.
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Oscar Trejo (Rayo Vallecano).
Attempt is prohibited. Aurelien Choameni (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the penalty area is blocked.
Goal! Real Madrid 1, Rayo Vallecano 1. Raul de Tomas (Rayo Vallecano) right footed shot from the edge of the penalty area goes wide of the post. With assistance from Pepe Chavarria.
Substitute, Real Madrid. Aurélien Tchouaméni replaces Antonio Rudiger.
Replace, Lightning Valley. Salvi Sanchez replaces Unai Lopez.
Replace, Lightning Valley. Radamel Falcao replaces Alvaro Garcia.
Offside, Real Madrid. Dani Ceballos tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.
missed attempt. Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid) header from the center of the penalty area misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross after set pieces.
Rodrygo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.