Leeds United winger Raphinha helped Brazil to come back from 1-0 down to a 3-1 win over Venezuela after coming off the bench for his international debut. The 24-year-old, who withdrew from a squad in September due to Premier League clubs blocked players going to high-risk Covid areas.
Rafinha set up two goals to help Brazil won the match. According to the player he said: “Tite asked me to do what I did with Leeds,” said Raphinha, referring to Brazil’s coach. “I don’t think I let him, nor my teammates, nor Brazil fans down.”
Raphinha Scores and Provides Assist as Brazil Beat Venezuela
Brazil trailed 1-0 at half-time in Caracas after Eric Ramirez’s goal for the hosts, raising the possibility of the five-time World Cup winners losing to Venezuela for the first time in 18 qualifying matches for the tournament. However Tite brought on Raphinha in place of Everton Ribeiro at half-time and, aided by fellow second-half substitutes Vinicius Jr and Antony, he turned the game around.
Raphinha’s corner was headed in by Paris St-Germain defender Marquinhos to level the scores, in the 71st minute of the game Gabriel Barbosa scored a penalty to put the visitors ahead. Deep into stoppage time, Raphinha whipped in a cross for Antony to make the game safe.
The Brazilian also said: “I was really anxious to make my debut and after I wasn’t allowed to come the first time I got even more anxious to be here and wear a Brazil shirt.” “So I think that I gave my best and it was good for me individually and to help my teammates on the pitch.”