in La Liga, with Rodrygo scoring twice to put his team four points ahead of Atletico Madrid in third place. Vinicius Junior, a Madrid winger who received international backing this week after being subjected to racial abuse from Valencia supporters last weekend, was out due to injury. Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio, an injured attack pair, were both absent for Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.

nicer than the first, but scoring from a free-kick is always spectacular, said Rodrygo to DAZN. “We always practice them and talk about it before, whoever is most confident takes it and I took the ball.” With ten minutes left, Ancelotti substituted Rodrygo. I was a little irritated with him since I wanted to get a hat-trick, but it’s all, he assured me that the way things were going, we will win.