Vinicius Junior breaks Lionel Messi record as Real Madrid beat Barcelona

Vinicius Junior has become the youngster player to score in El Clasico in the 21st century – beating the record previously held by Lionel Messi.

The 19-year-old netted the opening goal of the game as Real Madrid ran out 2-0 winners over bitter rivals Barcelona at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

Messi became the youngest player in the modern era to score in the world-famous fixture when he hit the back of the net in a 3-3 draw at the Nou Camp in March, 2007.

But according to Opta, Brazilian forward Vinicius was 26 days younger when he helped win the derby for Real Madrid, who subsequently leapfrogged Barcelona in La Liga.

Real Madrid opened the scoring in the 71st minute after a tight first half in the Spanish capital.

The teenager wormed his way inside and saw his shot deflected past Marc-Andre ter Stegen via Gerard Pique's foot.

Mariano put the icing on the cake for Real Madrid with the home side's second goal just one minute after coming on in extra time.

The 26-year-old Spaniard replaced Karim Benzema as Real boss Zinedine Zidane looked to wind things down with a tactical substitution.

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