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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Villarreal



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Real Madrid narrowly escaped extra time in the Copa del Rey as they secured a 0-1 win against Cacereno. Rodrygo scored the winner in the 70th minute, proving clutch yet again.

He has, however, been dropped in favour of Carlo Ancelotti’s first-choice front three vs Villarreal.

Karim Benzema takes hold of the captain’s armband as the no. 9, flanked by Vinicius Jr. on the left and Federico Valverde on the right.

The second line of defence features Toni Kroos and Luka Modric as the advanced midfielders, with Aurelien Tchouameni behind them screening the back four. Dani Ceballos and Eduardo Camavinga drop out to the bench.

Presumably, Eder Militao has been given the nod ahead of Lucas Vazquez at right-back in the absence of Dani Carvajal, with Ferland Mendy on the opposite side.

In between them, we have Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba in central defence, guarding Thibaut Courtois, who starts in goal after recovering from his knock.

Eden Hazard, celebrating his 32nd birthday today, starts on the bench, along with Marco Asensio.

Interestingly, this will be the first time in the 21st century that Real Madrid will play without a Spanish player in the starting XI in a La Liga clash.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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