Footage, showcasing developments at the Wanda Metropolitano both prior to and during the latest Madrid Derby, has piqued widespread attentions on Sunday night.
The latest edition of El Derbi Madrileño is currently playing out on the red half of the city.
In a crucial outing when it comes to both the race for the title, and Champions League football, Diego Simeone’s Atletico are playing host to city rivals Real, in a fixture which never fails to entertain.
Unfortunately, however, ahead of the action kicking into gear in Spain’s capital, attentions were piqued for all the wrong reasons.
This came as Real standout Vinicius Jr. was subjected to a torrent of shameful racially motivated abuse on the part of a large group of Atletico Madrid supporters.
For those not aware, the name of wide-man Vinicius has taken its place front and centre in the headlines across the week to date.
This came as the Brazilian was subjected to something of a pre-derby warning shot courtesy of Atletico Madrid star Koke.
Ahead of today’s clash, Koke was drawn on the prospect of Real’s star winger busting out his trademark dancing celebration, in the case of finding the net at the Wanda Metropolitano.
And the Atleti midfielder was not shy in confirming that, should such a situation come to pass, it would likely give rise to ‘trouble’ for Vinicius:
Real fans and neutrals the world over, in turn, were quick to jump to Vinicius’ defence, with the explosive wide-man himself having too made use of social media to insist that he would not be intimidated ahead of the derby.
And, on Sunday night, Vinicius has stayed very much true to his word.
With 18 minutes on the clock in Spain’s capital, visitors Real opened the scoring against their historic rivals, owing to a piece of collective brilliance between Rodrygo and Aurelien Tchouameni.
Goalscorer Rodrygo, from here, wheeled away towards the corner flag in celebration.
And he was swiftly joined on the scene by teammate and compatriot Vinicius, who showed little hesitation in breaking out some trademark moves in front of the home crowd: