Vinicius capitalised on some chaotic defending in the Valladolid penalty area after coming on for Luka Jovic, Madrid's misfiring striker who was committed but ultimately fruitless again in front of goal.
LaLiga: Vinícius Júnior, Sergio Ramos score as Real Madrid topple Mallorca to move back to top of table
Vinícius Júnior and Sergio Ramos scored a goal in each half as Madrid won its fourth in a row to retake the lead from Barcelona, which on Tuesday edged Athletic Bilbao 1-0. Both teams are tied with 68 points but Madrid is ahead on the tiebreakers.
FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Neymar back in Brazil squad after missing games last year due to thigh injury
Neymar is back in Brazil's squad after a left thigh injury that sidelined him from the national team at the end of last year. Forwards Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo were, however, left out.
LaLiga: Vinicius Junior revels in decisive 'clasico' goal to put Real Madrid on top; Atletico Madrid held by Espanyol
The 19-year-old Vinicius Junior had scored eight goals with Madrid since arriving two seasons ago, but none as big as this one.
LaLiga: Emotional and tearful 18-year-old Reinier Jesus presented as Real Madrid player at Santiago Bernabeu
Reinier is the third Brazilian teen signed by Madrid in recent seasons, following Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo. Vinícius also played for Flamengo
The Copa del Rey's new single-elimination format claimed its biggest victims, with Real Madrid and Barcelona both being eliminated in the quarter-finals.
Copa del Rey: Raphael Varane, Vinicius Junior help Real Madrid outclass Zaragoza to seal quarter-final berth
Real Madrid thrashed a depleted Real Zaragoza side 4-0 on Wednesday to reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: South American football teams to play pre-Olympic qualifying tournament without best players
For the last three Olympics, the South American Youth Championship was used as the Olympic qualifying event instead
Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane packs midfield with five players to register 3-1 win over Valencia in semi-final
Zidane used five players in the midfield to make up for the absence of forwards Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup against Valencia and it paid off handsomely
LaLiga: Real Madrid fend off competition from Barcelona, Atletico Madrid to sign Brazilian teenager Reinier Jesus from Flamengo
After signing youngsters Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo in recent seasons, Real Madrid is close to bringing in 17-year-old Reinier Jesus Carvalho from Brazilian club Flamengo.
LaLiga: Vinicius Junior becomes Real Madrid's latest player to be recovered by Zinedine Zidane after making first start in two months
After a long time being overlooked, Vinicius Junior put in an exciting performance in the team’s 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday, being loudly cheered by the Santiago Bernabeu crowd.
Benzema missed two good chances but got the second goal from close range in the 79th before Madrid defender Ferland Mendy was sent off four minutes later for a second yellow card
LaLiga: Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid move to top of table with victory over Osasuna; Atletico beat Mallorca
Real Madrid's crisis has been averted for the time being at least after they beat Osasuna 2-0 on Wednesday without Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale to go top of LaLiga.
LaLiga: Zinedine Zidane says Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid after Welshman stars in Los Blancos' 3-1 win over Celta Vigo
Zinedine Zidane indicated Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid after the Welshman led the way in a 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo.
Zinedine Zidane has played down speculation linking Real Madrid with a summer move for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
LaLiga: Zinedine Zidane says he has clear summer transfer targets for Real Madrid, mum on Gareth Bale's future
Zinedine Zidane said he knows exactly what kind of players he wants to sign this summer as he looks to revamp Real Madrid's squad for next season.
Vinicius Junior has exceptional pace, balance, flair, technique, dribbling skills, and close control at speed, apart from power, muscle, and trickery on the ball, reminiscent of CR7
LaLiga: Santiago Solari's tenure under scanner as Real Madrid's youthful approach in signings fail to provide short term relief
Real Madrid's season is up in smoke after they were eliminated from the Copa del Rey, losing ground in LaLiga and humiliated in the Champions League.
Champions League: Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior could be out for two months after rupturing ligaments in right ankle
Real Madrid have confirmed Vinicius Junior has ruptured ligaments in his right ankle, with the striker expected out for around two months