Leeds United star Raphinha sets up all three goals on sensational Brazil debut from bench in victorious fightback in Venezuela
Leeds United winger Raphinha produced a sensational display on his international debut for Brazil, coming off the bench to set up all three goals in a 3-1 victory in Venezuela.
Raphinha was named amongst the substitutes for the World Cup qualifier that took place in the early hours of Friday morning in Caracas but the Whites winger was brought on by boss Tite as Brazil trailed 1-0 at the break.
The Leeds star was Tite's first port of call from the bench despite the presence of options such as Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior and exciting Ajax winger Antony.
Raphinha looked to have bagged an assist within 12 minutes of coming on as his inviting free-kick was headed home by Thiago Silva, only for the Chelsea defender to be flagged offside.
But there was no denying the Whites star in the 71st minute as his outswinging delivery from a corner was headed in by Marquinhos to make the contest all square.
The Leeds winger continued to cause chaos and then played an integral role as Brazil took the lead from the penalty spot with five minutes left.
The 24-year-old produced a surging run on a counter attack through the middle of the park and left a defender on his backside before playing in Junior who had also been brought on during the second half.
The Real Madrid star's shot was saved but the rebound fell to Gabi who was hacked down for a penalty which he then converted himself.
But Raphinha was still not done and bagged his second assist of the game in the sixth minute of added time when darting to the by line before sending in a precise pullback for Antony who was also on from the bench and could not miss from close range.
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Thank you Laura Collins