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Nov 3, 2018 at 3.15pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Attendance: 68,050
Real Madrid
2-0
Real Valladolid
Junior (83' og.), Ramos (88' pen.)
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Substitute Vinicius Junior rescues below-par Real Madrid

Below-par Real Madrid beat Real Valladolid 2-0 at the Bernabeu through a late Kiko Olivas own goal and Sergio Ramos's penalty.

Vinicius Junior made a telling difference as he came off the bench to inspire Real Madrid to a 2-0 win over Real Valladolid in Saturday afternoon's La Liga clash.

The Brazilian youngster, introduced with less than a quarter of the match left, sent a deflected shot past Jordi Masip to put Los Blancos in front late on.

Out-of-form Madrid survived a major scare, as the visitors twice hit the crossbar at 0-0, and they sealed a first league win in six attempts through a late Sergio Ramos penalty.

Vinicius Junior celebrates the own goal during the La Liga game between Real Madrid and Real Valladolid on November 3, 2018© Reuters

On their best run of form in La Liga since 2003, having gone seven without defeat ahead of this trip to the capital, Valladolid spent the opening quarter of the match aiming to contain their opponents.

They managed to do exactly that, with Karim Benzema's dragged shot ending wide of the target and Gareth Bale's diving header being aimed too close to Masip from Los Blancos' best first-half openings.

Casemiro also sent a couple of headers over the bar from Toni Kroos set-pieces, but Madrid's best work was coming down the left-hand flank through the deliveries of La Liga debutant Sergio Reguilon.

Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring from the spot during the La Liga game between Real Madrid and Real Valladolid on November 3, 2018© Reuters

The youngster, effectively Los Blancos' third choice in that position, sent in a number of dangerous crosses, one of which Benzema could only head at a grateful Masip.

Valladolid, with just nine league goals to their name this term, offered more attacking intent as the match wore on as Antonito chipped a shot over the bar from a promising position and Toni Villa placed his effort wide from eight yards.

Madrid left the field to whistles from the home fans at the end of the first half after coming close to conceding 41 minutes in through Enes Unal's diving header, which ended inches wide of the post.

Gareth Bale directs a header on target during Real Madrid's La Liga clash with Real Valladolid on November 3, 2018© Reuters

After probing away for the first 10 minutes of the second half to no avail, the European champions finally burst into life as Casemiro was wayward from another headed chance and Reguilon had a long-range shot pushed aside by Masip.

Valladolid, sensing a rare point - or more - in this fixture, soon hit back through efforts from Toni and Ruben Alcaraz, the latter seeing his deflected shot catch out Thibaut Courtois and hit the crossbar.

If that was not a big enough warning, Toni's shot from 25 yards hit the same part of the goal frame from the visitors' next attack in a game that was left hanging in the balance with 20 minutes to go.

Karim Benzema in action during the La Liga game between Real Madrid and Real Valladolid on November 3, 2018© Reuters

Stand-in Madrid boss Santiago Solari turned to Lucas Vazquez, Isco and Vinicius, and it was the latter who made the difference with his shot six minutes from time after cutting inside from the left.

Kiko Olivas got in the way of the shot, succeeding only in diverting it past his wrong-footed goalkeeper for the key breakthrough goal, which Ramos calmly added to from the spot after Benzema was tripped by Fernando Calero.

REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Courtois; Odriozola, Ramos, Nacho, Reguilon; Modric, Casemiro (Isco 56'), Kroos; Asensio (Vinicius 73'), Benzema, Bale (Vazquez 71')

REAL VALLADOLID (4-4-2): Masip; Moyano (Cop 85'), Kiko, Calero, Nacho; Antonito, Michel, Alcaraz, Villa (Verdi 69'); Suarez (Plano 76'), Unal

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