Leeds United piled more misery onto Norwich City to move out of the Premier League relegation zone on Sunday afternoon.
After a lacklustre first half, the game fired into life when tricky winger Raphinha fired the visitors in front at Carrow Road with a sublime solo effort. He weaved past three Canaries players before slotting the ball home past Tim Krul.
Norwich hit back within two minutes after Andrew Omobamidele headed home from a needless corner before the Whites managed to wrap things up with another touch of class, this time Rodrigo firing in from range.
The home side remain winless on two points at the foot of the table, whilst the Yorkshire giants leapfrogged Burnley to move into 17th place. And Marcelo Bielsa has his Brazilian winger largely to thank as he clinched the ‘Man of the Match’ award down in Norfolk.
However, he wasn’t the only key player on the day after Pascal Struijk put in a monstrous display in their three-man backline.
Only two other players recorded a better rating than the Dutch colossus (7.2), one of which being the goalscorer, Raphinha, and that goes to show that the defender was rather influential indeed.
Even more importantly, he played a major role in both of their goals scored, particularly the first after he drove the ball out from defence before playing a perfect ball into Dan James’ feet, who then fed Raphinha out wide.
“Struijk instrumental in the build-up to both goals,” described BBC journalist Adam Pope at full-time.
Furthermore, the 22-year-old recorded a joint-high five tackles, on top of one block and one tackle, whilst he also won 100% of his seven duels contended, both in the air and on the ground, as per SofaScore.
On that evidence, the Canaries really found it hard to get past the 6 foot 3 titan throughout the 90 minutes.
The £18m-rated beast arguably stole the show at Carrow Road as he not only looked resolute in his defensive duties but he also looked to create things and start attacks, and ultimately, that led to both Raphinha and Rodrigo scoring.