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Two records broken for Vinicius following brace vs Bayern Munich



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Real Madrid secured a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal draw at Allianz Arena.

It was an entertaining contest, with the two sides trading penalties in the second half. Vinicius Junior was the undisputed star of the match, as he bagged a brace.

It was yet another solid performance from the Brazilian international, who has emerged as Real Madrid’s go-to man in the UEFA Champions League.

Vinicius breaks two key records

Thanks to his two goals against Bayern, Vinicius has now been involved in 15 goals and 15 assists in the Champions League since the 2021/22 season – more than any other player during this period.

Vinicius, in fact, trumps both Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, which underscores his importance in the Real Madrid team.

In addition to his goal involvements, Vinicius is also known for his ability to take on opposition defenders. Last night, for example, his quick dribble and pass to Rodrygo were key in unlocking the penalty in the second half.

Real Madrid’s main man (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

To that end, Vinicius has now become the only player to complete 100+ take-on in the Champions League since the start of the 2021/2022 campaign.

Vinicius leads this tally by a significant margin, as he has completed at least 30 more dribbles than any other player in that time. Safe to say, the Brazilian international is the best dribbler in the world right now.

Vinicius’ other records since 2021/22 campaign

Vinicius’ exploits are not just limited to goals and dribbles. Since the 2021/22 campaign, the Real Madrid frontman has also created more chances than anyone else in the competition.

In addition, the winger has racked up more touches in the opposition box, with a whopping tally of 285 touches.

Such numbers are a reminder of Vinicius’ talents and why he will remain Real Madrid’s most important player even after the arrival of Mbappe.

For now, though, the Brazilian will be focusing on the task at hand, with Real Madrid looking for a victory in the second leg that will help them seal a ticket to Wembley.

Speaking after the game, Vinicius was happy with the result, stating, “I am very happy because the return leg is at the Santiago Bernabéu. We have to be focused to get to London, the 15th trophy is always possible. With Real Madrid everything is possible.”

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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