Vinicius Junior v Melilla.

Marca give their opinion on Vinicius Junior's performance for Real Madrid v Melilla

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Real Madrid progressed through to the last-32 of the Copa del Rey with ease on Thursday night.

After their 4-0 victory against Segunda Division B side Melilla in the first-leg, Real welcomed them to the Bernabeu and thrashed them 6-1 to record a 10-1 aggregate victory.

Santiago Solari made numerous changes to his starting XI but it was still a strong line-up containing the likes of Isco, Daniel Carvajal and Marco Asensio.

Also making a start was 18-year-old Vinicius Junior.

The €45 million wonderkid has been used sparingly in the first-team since his arrival, often appearing for Real Madrid Castilla - Real Madrid’s B side.

But he was given 79 minutes in the Copa del Rey clash and even registered a goal.

He also went viral for attempting a rainbow flick - and failing embarrassingly.

But how was his overall performance?

Well, here’s what Marca had to say:

They write that although Asensio and Isco were “excellent,” they felt that Vinicius’ performance was “hit and miss.”

They add: “Vinicius didn't stop trying all afternoon, but seldom did things turn out as he wanted.”

Despite registering an assist for Asensio and notching a goal, Marca claim that “his collection of bad passes and poor finishing” disappointed the 55,000 Madrid fans inside the stadium.

He also “missed three clear chances and made easy passes look difficult.”

Real Madrid vs Melilla - Copa del Rey - Fourth Round

Doesn’t sound too promising, does it?

Of course, the forward is still only 18-years-old and has plenty of time to improve.

But when you think that Kylian Mbappe is just one year older and he’s already won the World Cup, the Kopa Trophy winner and finished fourth in the Ballon d’Or, Vinicius has a long way to go yet.

Marco Asensio
La Liga
Real Madrid

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