Watch: Zidane’s son Luca makes brilliant save against Real Madrid

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Luca Zidane of Rayo Vallecano during the La Liga match between Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis played at Vallecas Stadium on January 9, 2022 in Madrid, Spain.

Zinedine Zidane’s son Luca produced an eye-catching performance on Saturday afternoon as Rayo Vallecano faced Real Madrid in La Liga.

The table-toppers had to show grit and determination in the local derby against their city rivals, but were rewarded for their determination through an 83rd-minute match-winner from Karim Benzema.

“I am happy for him. For his debut here, with a victory. But that is Luca, he is the third keeper,” Zidane senior said back in 2019 after handing Luca a rare appearance for Real Madrid in a 3-2 victory over Huesca in April 2019.

“Thibaut [Courtois] was out, and I wanted to give Keylor [Navas] a rest after playing with his country. It came out well.

“I was not picking my son, but a player in Real Madrid’s squad. I see him as one other player for the team.”

The goalkeeper moved to Madrid-based side Rayo Vallecano in the summer of 2020. He was a fringe player last season as they achieved promotion from the Segunda Division, but has increasingly received opportunities for Rayo in recent weeks.

The Marseille-born 23-year-old was sent off in his first La Liga appearance of the campaign, a 3-0 defeat to Sevilla back in August, but has enjoyed a better time of it since.

He produced a solid performance against his former side, who had to work hard to come away from Vallecas with a narrow 1-0 win. This was the best of his five saves.


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