Real Madrid’s emphatic 4-0 victory over Melilla in the first leg of their Copa del Rey Round of 32 tie meant Santiago Solari was able to make wholesale changes to his starting line-up for Wednesday afternoon’s second leg.
Most of the team’s star names were handed the day off, paving the way for a group of fringe players and youngsters to show the recently-appointed manager what they can do.
Isco was handed a rare start - and scored a magnificent long-range effort in Madrid’s 6-1 win - while Vinicius Jr started at the Bernabeu for the first time since completing his move to the Spanish giants from Flamengo in the summer.
The Brazilian impressed during the first half, setting up Marco Asensio’s second goal of the afternoon in the 35th minute with a mazy run on the left wing.
This was the fifth Madrid goal - in just seven appearances - that Vinicius has been directly involved in this season.
However, there was one moment in the second half which left the 18-year-old rather red-faced.
You know the rainbow flick that Neymar has successfully executed in various matches for Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil this year? Well, Vinicius tried to give that a go - and it did not end well.
Cornered by two Melilla players, Vinicius attempted to flick the ball over both of their heads, but proceeded to kick the ball behind him and out of play instead.
Watch it here…
You’ll see better attempts at rainbow flicks from Sunday League players down your local park this weekend.
Expect to see Vinicius’s gaffe on many football blooper videos on YouTube for years to come.
Fortunately, Vinicius was able to make amends for that embarrassing moment shortly afterwards.
The South American scored Madrid’s fifth goal of the afternoon, 15 minutes after full-time, with a rather fortuitous solo effort.
Watch that goal here…
Vinicius’s overall performance will have left a positive impression on the Madrid faithful as well as the club’s manager.
The teenager has given Solari some food for thought ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture against rock-bottom Huesca.
A place on the subs’ bench would be the least he deserves - as long as he promises not to try another rainbow flick, anyway.News Now - Sport News