Madrid: Vinícius Júnior scored after coming off the bench as Real Madrid defeated Valladolid 1-0 for its second win in a row in the Spanish league, while Atlético Madrid was held to a scoreless draw against promoted Huesca in a disappointing first start for Luis Suárez.
Vinícius Júnior netted the winner midway through the second half on Wednesday after Madrid’s forwards struggled again in attack. The young Brazilian broke the deadlock from close range after a defensive mistake by Valladolid defenders inside the area.
He had been on the field for less than 10 minutes after replacing striker Luka Jovic, who missed another chance to impress as a starter. Jovic had two of the best scoring opportunities of the game but couldn’t capitalize on them, first with a close-range shot in the first half and then with a header after halftime.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane started the match with two strikers, but Karim Benzema also was far from his best up front.
Suárez followed up his promising debut for Atlético with a lackluster performance in his first start on Wednesday. Three days after scoring two goals and setting up another in about 20 minutes off the bench in Atlético’s 6-1 win over Granada, Suárez struggled in the team’s 0-0 draw at Huesca. The former Barcelona player started alongside young Portugal forward João Félix, but the duo failed to spark the attack for Diego Simeone’s team.
The Uruguay striker had the game’s best chance after a perfect through-ball by Félix in the 59th minute, but he failed to get past goalkeeper Andrés Fernández inside the area and eventually had his shot blocked.
Villarreal rebounded from a 4-0 loss at Barcelona with a 3-1 home win against Alavés. Paco Alcácer opened the scoring in the 13th minute and sealed the victory in the 67th. Gerard Moreno converted a 45th-minute penalty kick after Alavés had equalized through Édgar Méndez in the 36th.
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