Watch: Leeds winger Raphinha provides two assists on Brazil debut
Leeds winger Raphinha enjoyed an international debut to remember as he created two goals during Brazil’s 3-1 win over Venezuela.
Raphinha was originally called up to the Selecao squad for September’s set of internationals but was forced to withdraw after Premier League clubs blocked players going to high-risk Covid areas.
And the 24-year-old carried his brilliant domestic form onto the international stage as Brazil fought from a goal down to maintain their 100% record in World Cup qualifying.
The Leeds man was introduced as a half-time substitute for Everton Ribeiro and helped turned the game around in the second half.
It was his corner that was headed home by PSG defender Marquinhos before Gabriel Barbosa’s penalty put Brazil ahead.
And Raphinha played a central role in Brazil’s third goal, whipping in a cross for Ajax’s Antony to make the game safe.
“Tite (the Brazil manager) asked me to do what I did with Leeds,” he said after the game. “I don’t think I let him, nor my team-mates, nor the Brazil fans down.”
— • (@jamesxlufc) October 8, 2021