- Real Madrid enjoyed a dramatic 3-2 victory over Almeria in LaLiga on Sunday
- However, the clash was marred by three VAR decisions going against Almeria
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Vinicius Jr has broken his silence on his much-debated equaliser during Real Madrid’s 3-2 victory over Almeria on Sunday.
Real secured a dramatic comeback against the Spanish top flight’s bottom side – who are yet to win a game this season – after going 2-0 down at the Bernabeu, with Jude Bellingham, Vinicius and Dani Carvajal all scoring in the second half.
However, Madrid’s goals created controversy. Bellingham’s penalty came after a debatable handball call given by VAR, with Antonio Rudiger also deemed not to have committed a foul in the build-up.
Almeria then had a goal ruled out by VAR, before Vinicius saw a decision to disallow his equaliser for handball overturned when referee Jose Hernandez Maeso consulted the pitchside monitor, concluding that it had instead gone in off the Brazilian’s shoulder.
And, taking to X on Monday morning, the Brazilian shared a clip of the goal and posted his response.
Vinicius Jr responded to critics after his equaliser in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Almeria generated controversy
Almeria were aggrieved when Vinicius’s goal to equalise was given after initially being ruled out for handball, with referee Jose Hernandez Maeso judging it to have hit his shoulder
The Brazilian had pleaded his innocence after scoring, insisting it did come off his shoulder
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He said: ‘Great goal!!! This is how I always did it on Copacabana beach,’ referencing the iconic beach known for regular football matches in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
For his goal, after Aurelien Tchouameni put in a delightful cross, Vinicius had beaten his man to fire home.
However, referee Maeso ruled the goal out for a combination of hand ball and a foul, before he was advised to review his decision by VAR official Hernandez Hernandez, with the audio since released.
Hernandez could be heard to say: ‘I recommend an on field review so that you can assess the non-handball, the possible non-handball.
‘The ball hits the right shoulder, there you have it. The ball hits him on the shoulder. You assess the possible foul in attack.’
After heading over to the pitchside monitor, Maeso responded: ‘I agree with you and the ball hits the shoulder.
‘Give me one more frame. Perfect, he hits it with his shoulder and it’s a valid goal. I’m going to give the goal, there’s no foul.’
Vinicius’ goal was his fifth in LaLiga this season, with Real sitting one point behind surprise table-toppers Girona following the weekend’s action, although they do have a game in hand.
However, it was also one of several contentious decisions from the game which riled up Almeria, who remain without a league win this season.
Almeria midfielder Gonzalo Melero claimed his side ‘were robbed’ when speaking to DAZN post-game.
He said: ‘It pains me to say it, but there’s no other way to take it. And that’s not the first this year. What happened today went beyond all limits, it was unbelievable.
Vinicius insisted it was a ‘great goal’ and one he regularly scored when growing up in Brazil
Real Madrid won what was a hugely tense game, with several contentious VAR decisions made
‘Nothing more could have been done for them to win the game.’
Almeria defender Marc Pubill also told DAZN: ‘I think that someone decided that we weren’t allowed to win here at Bernabeu today, and that’s what happened. Nothing more to say.’
His views were echoed by Edgar Gonzalez, who had put Almeria 2-0 up just before half-time, as he similarly questioned the integrity of LaLiga.
The defender fumed: ‘This is a competition that should be fair for everyone and sometimes it’s hard to see that.’