Leeds' Raphinha helps Brazil to comeback win

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Raphina's entry into the box set up Brazil's two goals

Raphinha, a Leeds winger, helped Brazil win a 3-1 victory over Venezuela. He had been on the bench when he made his international debut.

The 24-year old withdrew in September from a squad because Premier League clubs prevented players from going to high-risk Covid zones. He set up two goals.

Raphinha said that Tite asked him to do the same thing with Leeds, referring to Brazil’s coach.

"I don’t think I let him down, nor my team-mates or the Brazil fans."

Brazil was trailing Venezuela 1-0 at the half-time of Caracas's match after Eric Ramirez's goal. This raises the possibility that Venezuela, five-time World Cup winner, will lose to Venezuela for only the second time in 18 qualifying matches.

Tite, however, brought in Raphinha to replace Everton Ribeiro at the half-time, and with the help of Vinicius Jr. and Antony, he turned things around.

Raphinha's corner was taken in by Paris St-Germain defender Marquinhos. Gabriel Barbosa then scored a penalty to make the score even.

Raphinha made a pass for Antony at Ajax in stoppage time to keep the game alive.

Raphinha said that she was anxious to make her debut. "After I wasn't allowed the first time, I became even more anxious to be here in Brazil and to wear a Brazil shirt."

"So, I believe that I gave my best. It was good for me as an individual and for my team-mates on pitch.

Paraguay denies Messi and Argentina

So far this season, Messi has scored five goals in 11 games both for country and club.

Despite having the majority of possession at Asuncion, Argentina couldn't defeat Paraguay during their World Cup qualifier.

Lautaro Martinez, Inter Milan's striker, was not available for the visitors and they struggled to make clear chances in the first half. The game opened up in the second period.

Joaquin Correa missed Argentina's best chance, while Messi scored a free kick just wide.

Paraguay was close to scoring a goal when Carlos Gonzalez scored from close in with only two minutes remaining.

Fans invaded the pitch at the end of the match to take selfies with Messi after the game ended.

Brazil and Argentina, who have won nine of their qualifying events, are in the top two spots in South American qualifying at mid-point of their campaigns to qualify for next year's tournament.

The finals will be decided automatically by the top four teams.