Valencia Gabriel Paulista Received a Straight Red Card For Intentionally Kicking Vinicius Jr in a Match

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Valencia defender Gabriel Paulista was sent off against Real Madrid in La Liga game. The former Arsenal defender was given a straight red for an horrific tackle on Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr.

Vinicius who made is 200 appearances for Real Madrid against Valencia was brutally kicked by Gabriel Paulista in the 72nd minute of the match when Real Madrid were ahead by 2-0.

Gabriel Paulista
Real Madrid players clashed with Valencia players

Vinicius, who had previously suffered from racism abuses from different clubs, reacted immediately to the incident and was seen pushing Paulista’s chest for the foul committed.

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Vinicius was quickly calmed by his teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Real Madrid players also got furious about the incident and clashed with the Valencia players, but the referee, Javier Alberola, brought calmness among the players by giving a straight red card to Paulista.

Gabriel Paulista
Militao clashes with Paulito

However, in the post-interview, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois told the referee to do everything possible to protect Vinicius, and Courtois continued with a claim that Vinicius is a player who loves to express himself and also dribble. Vinicius is the most fouled player in the La Liga.

Recently, Carlo Ancelotti lost Karim Benzema and Eder Militao to injuries.

Both players are likely to miss Real Madrid Champions League tie against Liverpool. Ancelotti claimed Militao injury is more intense to that of Benzema.

Gabriel Paulista
Militao clashes with Paulito

Real Madrid’s win against Valencia moved the La Blancos closer to Barcelona, who had 50 points in 19 matches.

Real Madrid currently sits in second place with 45 points from 19 matches. Xavi’s team won 16 matches, drew two, and lost one.

Real Madrid still have 19 more matches to play if they want to catch their arch rival and also win the title at the end of this season.

Gabriel Paulista
Paulista tackle on Vinicius Jr

Valencia, on the other hand, are in the 14th position, one point above the relegation zone.

How did Real Madrid defeat Valencia in the La Liga?

Ancelotti’s side started in poor fashion and lacked intensity to pose any threat to Valencia’s defense. Real Madrid thought they were ahead in the first half after Antonio Rudiger scored a beautiful header. 

Real Madrid and Valencia players clashed

After Rudiger’s goal, VAR intervened, and the goal was ruled out for a Benzema foul on Yunus Musah.

Marco Asensio scored in the 52nd minute after going through Valencia’s defenders and curling the ball into the top corner.

Real Madrid doubled its lead after Vinicius put the ball past Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili. Real Madrid had all the chances to put the game to bed, but they were wasteful in the final third.

The game became so easy for the La Blancos after Paulista was sent off in the 72nd minute. Real Madrid had never lost to Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu in the past 15 years. 

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