Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised his forward Vinicius Jr. for rising to the big occasion after the Brazilian’s two goals helped his side to a 3-1 win over Liverpool in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg.

“I’m delighted for him, we are seeing some fantastic stuff from him right now,” Zidane told reporters.

“We know how good he can be when he gets into space, as he showed with the first goal, which was fantastic,” he added.

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Vinicius was signed by Real from Brazilian giants Flamengo when he was just 16 and despite showing flashes of brilliance and exceptional dribbling ability, his time in Spain has often been overshadowed by lacklustre finishing.

But the 20-year-old thrived in the spotlight against the Premier League holders and 2019 Champions League winners, breaking the deadlock with a…

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