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Roy Keane hails Chelsea target Rafael Leao after netting the winner for Portugal against Ghana

Roy Keane hails Chelsea target Rafael Leao after netting the winner for Portugal against Ghana and says he showed ‘lovely technique’… while Joe Cole claims the super sub was ‘exactly what they needed’ off the bench

Roy Keane reveled in the technique on show from Chelsea target Rafael Leao during Portugal’s victory over Ghana.

The 23-year-old came off the bench to score his first international goal in the 3-2 win against the Black Stars.

Leao’s goal proved to be Portugal’s winner as his silky side-footed finish got Fernando Santos’s side off to the perfect start in their bid to add the World Cup to their Euro 2016 success.

Rafael Leao scored his first international goal for Portugal in their 3-2 victory over Ghana 

Roy Keane was impressed by the technique on show during Leao's match-winning goal

Roy Keane was impressed by the technique on show during Leao’s match-winning goal

ITV pundit Keane praised the AC Milan star for the manner of his 80th-minute goal. Lovely finish. Lovely technique. Beautiful goal,’ Roy Keane told ITV.

Former Blues winger Joe Cole added to the plaudits saying: ‘We were calling for him at half-time, that’s exactly what they needed. They need penetration.’

The Portugal star has attracted the attention of Chelsea after impressing for club AC Milan

The Portugal star has attracted the attention of Chelsea after impressing for club AC Milan

Joe Cole admits  Rafael Leao's introduction for Portugal was just what the game needed

Joe Cole admits  Rafael Leao’s introduction for Portugal was just what the game needed

Leao has been linked with a move to Chelsea after playing a key role in AC Milan’s charge to the Serie A title last season.

Signed from French side Lille in 2019 for £25million, the Portuguese star has gone on to become a household name in Italy.

He has netted 34 times in 135 games for the Rossoneri.

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