Supporters of the Brazilian national team have taken to social media in their droves, to send a message to boss Tite, over Leeds United star Raphinha.
Marquinhos amongst the goals
The Selecao were of course back in action on Thursday night.
In their latest qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Tite and co. made the trip to the Estadio Olímpico de la UCV, aiming to keep their flawless campaign alive courtesy of a ninth win from nine.
And, when all was said and done, this is precisely what Brazil managed.
Their eventual victory, however, did not come without its challenges.
With 45 minutes played in Venezuela, it was in fact the hosts who boasted the advantage, owing to an 11th-minute strike from Eric Ramirez:
Venezuela lead against Brazil!
Eric Ramírez head the hosts in front in Caracas pic.twitter.com/xTNCs55Nul
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) October 7, 2021
One crucial personnel shift at the interval, however, ultimately swung the clash in the favour of the Brazilians. The change in question? The introduction of Raphinha from the bench.
Wide-man Raphinha, on the back of another fine opening to the campaign, was handed his first-ever call-up to the Selecao squad ahead of the current international break.
In turn, with his side concerningly lacking in both ideas and guile on Thursday night, Tite opted to hand the Leeds United standout his national team debut.
And what a bow it proved…
Raphinha went on to play a role in all three goals bagged by Brazil over the course of the 2nd 45, directly teeing up strikes on the part of Marquinhos and Antony.
Raphinha’s Brazil debut vs. Venezuela:
91% pass acc.
45 mins played
20/22 successful passes
17 opp. half passes
3 chances created
2 assists ️️
A sensational international debut. Came on and was directly involved in all 3 goals. pic.twitter.com/e1d7wc1J2q
— LUFCDATA (@LUFCDATA) October 8, 2021
Raph calls mount
And, as outlined above, on the back of a 3-point haul which has since been widely labelled as more difficult than it needed to be, the Brazil faithful have since flooded to social media, to send a clear-cut message to boss Tite:
— (@BrasilEdition) October 8, 2021
No way Tite can’t not start Raphinha now. He’s a difference maker, demands the ball & takes responsibility, which will ease the burden on Neymar.
— AllThingsSeleção ™ (@SelecaoTalk) October 8, 2021
Raphinha is sooooo good. Has to start from now on.
— (@Neymoleque) October 8, 2021
Please start Raphinha next game with Neymar @CBF_Futebol
— Noza (@kmlv94) October 8, 2021
Tire finally seen the light. Raphinha should always start https://t.co/osrg9vxBFX
— Kwabena (@KKT___) October 8, 2021
Seriously, there’s no way Tite doesn’t start Raphinha from now on.
— Princess (@ItsYammiii) October 8, 2021
HT: Venezuela 1-0 Brazil
Raphinha comes in as a HT sub. Completely changed the game. 2 assists and created the whole play that ended up as a penalty for Brazil.
FT: Venezuela 1-3 Brazil
Raphinha is just different and deserves a start against Colombia pic.twitter.com/Bn2KjizENO
— Tiago (@tbasquesthfc) October 8, 2021
raphinha was a lifesaver. definitely deserves a start.
— ; (@NYounka) October 8, 2021