Solari delighted with Vinicius Jr for Real Madrid's Copa victory

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 11, 2019

In his acceptance speech, the Real Madrid captain said: "It gives me a real sense of both joy and pride to have been named best male athlete at the Seven Star of Madrid awards". It looked good for Real Madrid, but Vinicius made it better with a brilliant finish to make it 3-0. "But we know anything can happen, we saw what they did to us previous year".

"We have to be realistic, it's going to be very hard now", Leganes midfielder Ruben Perez said.

The victory eased some of the pressure on Santiago Solari's team, which had not won a game in 2019.

The hosts had seen two shouts waved off before the referee finally pointed to the spot in the 42nd minute when Gerard Gumbau fouled Alvaro Odriozola in the area and Ramos converted his sixth penalty in all competitions this season.

Barring Casemiro, Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos, the Real Madrid players who started the match were not from the regular side.

Leganes couldn't use goalkeeper Andriy Lunin and young midfielder Oscar Rodriguez because they are with the club on a loan from Madrid.

Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann scored the opener as Atletico Madrid were held to a 1-1 first-leg draw at Girona.

Simeone wasn't on the bench because he was serving the last of a three-game suspension for a rant during a Copa match against Sevilla last season.

There were also lukewarm chants at the Bernabeu during last weekend's 2-0 loss to Real Sociedad but a more noticeable one filled the air in the midweek clash.

On Thursday, four-time defending champion Barcelona visits Levante.

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