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La Liga defender sheds light on recent on-field tussle with Real Madrid winger

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Real Madrid secured a comfortable 4-0 victory against Celta Vigo just last month, but an incident involving Vinicius Jr. sparked controversy that, to this day, is garnering attention.

With Real Madrid leading by a narrow 1-0 early in the second half, Vinicius outran Javier Manquillo with ease.

The Brazilian had a clear chance to score, but Oscar Mingueza, a former Barcelona defender, made a last-man tactical foul to prevent him from running through at goal by grabbing his arm and his shirt and pulling him down.

Vinicius vehemently expressed his frustration over Mingueza’s options by shoving him after the game was paused, leading to a melee with a few more players getting involved.

Mingueza explains his side of the story

Now, explaining his reasoning and the incident in an interview with SPORT, Mingueza claimed that he only intended to stop the play, adding that the subsequent slap was unnecessary.

“It was an action that has been given more attention due to everything that came out in the press, in the end, everyone comments on the images and the issue gets bigger,” he said.

“But in the end, it was that I fouled him, that I grabbed him and he let go of my arm. The only thing I wanted to tell him was that the slap wasn’t necessary, that I just wanted to stop it and that’s it.”

Mingueza and Vinicius were involved in a bust-up. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Following Vinicius and Mingueza’s altercation, Real Madrid players joined the mix to defend Vinicius, as Lucas Vazquez and Nacho intervened.

Mingueza was accommodating even though the response from certain Real Madrid players was “untimely.”

“I also understand Lucas, Nacho, knowing that there are those who try to remove Vinicius from the game… but it was not my intention at all.

“He got heated and that’s it, it is a topic that is closed and has no importance. He understood it and that’s it, he got heated by the action and that’s it,” he said.

Unaware of the taunts

Oscar Mingueza likewise wished to minimize the taunts directed at him from a section of the fans. He stated that he was not even aware of it.

 “Honestly, I didn’t hear anything. Yes, they have shown me videos that say ‘stupid’ or something, but my partner was also in the stands and he didn’t hear anything either. There would be some sector with a microphone nearby, but I didn’t hear.”

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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