Real Madrid fans rally behind Vinicius Junior ahead of triumph over Rayo Vallecano

    Rodrigo’s 89th-minute goal set Real Madrid back on winning ways with a 2–1 win over Rayo Vallecano in mid-table at the Bernabéu.

    Vinicius Junior was out with a knee problem, but his teammates showed united support for the winger after he was subjected to racist abuse at Valencia on Sunday. .

    Karim Benzema gave the hosts the lead in the 31st minute, but Rayo thought they had snatched a draw when Raúl de Tomas equalized with six minutes left, but Rodrigo, on his right foot, went inside and shot past Stole Dimitrievski from the end of the pitch. region.

    The win put them back in second place in La Liga as city rivals Atlético missed a three-goal lead to draw 3–3 with second-placed Espanyol.

    Goals from César Montes, Josela and Vinicius Sousa canceled out shots from Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco and left Espanyol three points away from safety with two games to go and still at risk of experiencing their second relegation in four seasons.

    Two goals from Nicholas Jackson ensured a 2-0 victory over Cadiz to guarantee Villarreal fifth place after Real Betis lost 1-0 to struggling Getafe, who in turn increased their chances for survival, while the already relegated Elche played a 1-1 draw at home with Sevilla. .

    Inter Milan prepared for the Champions League final against Manchester City, retaining the Coppa Italia thanks to two goals from Lautaro Martinez in a 2-1 win over Fiorentina in Rome.

    Nicolás González gave Fiorentina the lead in the third minute, but Inter’s Argentine player scored twice before half-time to secure the club’s ninth win of the tournament.

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