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Raphinha was Jesse Marsch’s hero in first Leeds United win

Leeds United secured their first win under manager Jesse Marsch in dramatic fashion after young substitute Joe Gelhardt fired home in stoppage time to beat relegation rivals Norwich City at Elland Road.

In what was his third game in charge, having taken over from Marcelo Bielsa only a few weeks ago, the Whites finally ended a run of six straight defeats with a crucial win in the dogfight at the foot of the table.

The Yorkshire giants now move four points clear of the relegation zone with only nine games left to play.

Marsch will be encouraged to have finally picked up three points but there is still a long, long way to go. His late move to bring on Joffy paid serious dividends but despite the last-gasp winner, there was another hero on the day – Raphinha.

Leeds fans, who was your MOTM vs Norwich?

RODRIGO

RODRIGO

GELHARDT

GELHARDT

RAPHINHA

RAPHINHA

FORSHAW

FORSHAW

It was the Brazilian international who remained ever so composed to provide the 19-year-old with the perfect assist in the game’s dying embers, having gone close multiple times himself.

He hit the crossbar twice and was a constant thorn in Dean Smith’s side.

As per SofaScore, Raphinha was amongst the most influential players on the pitch, registering 72 touches of the ball (third-most) and with those, he contributed four key passes (the most) and created two big chances.

The £36m-rated dynamo also fired off three shots, recorded four dribbles and even did his defensive duties, managing to win eight duels, two interceptions and one tackle.

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That late moment was another reminder that, on his day, he walks into most teams across Europe and that’s the Raphinha that Marsch will need if Leeds are to remain a Premier League outfit heading into the summer.

On another day, he’ll have undoubtedly bagged himself a goal or two but his ice-cold assist with seconds to spare was enough for him to be the true hero for the American head coach this weekend.

SofaScore clearly agreed as he was graded as the best performer on the pitch, as per their ratings, after the game. It’s no wonder he’s regarded as a “magician” around these parts.

AND in other news, Leeds could have future star in “fiery” teen who’s shades of Alan Smith

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