Gabriel Paulista’s violent tackle on Vinicius Junior marks the game between Real and Valencia

Gabriel Paulista’s violent tackle on Vinicius Junior marks the game between Real and Valencia

A Real Madrid win over Valencia this Thursday, valid for the 17th round of the Spanish Championship, was marked by a violent move involving the Brazilians Vinicius Junior and Gabriel Paulista. At the Santiago Bernabéu, the visiting defender tackled the attacker hard Brazilian Teamwhich earned him a straight red card.

O Real Madrid they were already leading 2-0 when, in the 36th minute of the second half, Vinicius Junior was released by Camavinga on the left wing. The attacker dominated and watched the arrival of Gabriel Paulista. The defender, when he was dribbled with a touch of the ball, arrived completely late and hit a shot that hit the legs of his compatriot.

Immediately, Vinicius Jr. He got up and went after the defender. Time closed and players from both teams began to be at odds. The referee interfered and raised the red card to Gabriel Paulista, who started to argue with Rodrygo. Before leaving the field, the number 5 of the Valencia he also clashed with Éder Militão, defender of the Brazilian National Team and Real Madrid, who was substituted and was on the bench.

The violent entrance generated a lot of controversy on social media. Fans from all over the world used their profiles to repudiate the move starring Gabriel Paulista. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and coach Carlo Ancelotti, both from Real Madrid, commented on the case after the match.

“We have to protect Vini, who has a very explosive style, he does a lot of dribbling. This irritates the defenders. They feel that it is provocation. But it is his way of playing”, said the Belgian goalkeeper in an interview with DAZN. “I’m happy that today the referee had the courage to send him off, because it was a kick without the ball, meaningless. (He has to protect) Not only Vini, but anyone”, he added.

“It came from a moment of frustration and that can happen sometimes in football. He (Gabriel Paulista) was frustrated because his team wasn’t playing well. The entrance was ugly, but I can understand it as a former player. Paulista it was always appropriate and that’s why I think it was a moment of frustration,” pondered Ancelotti.

Real Madrid is back on the field next Sunday, at 10 am (Brasília time), to face Mallorca for the Spanish Championship. This will be the team’s last match before traveling to Morocco to play in the Club World Cupwhere it can cross with the Flamengo in a possible final.

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