Raphinha put collectively a second of magic to seize followers’ consideration throughout Leeds’ 2-Zero win over Crystal Palace on Monday night time.
The Brazilian lived as much as his nation’s fame for ‘Joga Bonito’ as he made English veteran Gary Cahill look silly through the first half.
With the ball out on the right-hand aspect, Cahill shepherded Raphinha so he was dealing with away from purpose.
The 24-year-old gave the impression to be heading down a lifeless finish, however shortly turned issues round.
With two swift touches, Raphinha produced a 270-degree flip and knocked the ball by Cahill’s legs.
As he went spherical to gather the ball on the opposite aspect of him, Raphinha was hauled down by Cahill leading to a free-kick on the sting of the penalty space.
Within the sport itself, Leeds secured their 10th top-flight win of the season and gained candy revenge for a 4-1 defeat at Selhurst Park in November.
Leeds had been fast to punish Palace for permitting them an excessive amount of area on the sting of the penalty space when Jack Harrison’s well-struck shot deflected off Gary Cahill to present the house aspect a third-minute lead.
Bamford ought to have prolonged Leeds’ benefit within the 22nd minute after out-witting the Palace defence on the midway line, however after spinning Cahill for a free run on purpose, the Leeds striker ballooned his shot tamely off track.
Palace started to pose extra of a menace as the primary interval progressed, with Eze’s particular person brilliance protecting Leeds’ rear-guard on their toes.
Leeds made one other quick begin to the second interval, extending their lead within the 52nd minute.
Raphinha’s thumping shot was properly saved by Guaita and Bamford adopted as much as flip dwelling the rebound from eight yards.
Eze might have hauled Palace again into it within the 67th minute however he blazed substitute Michy Batshuayi’s cutback over the crossbar.
The consequence noticed Leeds overtake Arsenal and go 10th within the desk on 32 factors, whereas Palace remained 13th on 29 factors.