Rafael is away with Brazil at the Olympics, and it was the right back that opened the scoring for The Seleção at the London games.
Taking on Egypt in their first game, Brazil were very much put on the back foot after a fast start from the Africans.
But Chelsea’s new signing Oscar found Rafael cutting in from the right flank and the diminutive defender made no mistake in finding the bottom corner with a left footed strike in the 16th minute.
Whilst Egypt remained competitive it was really all Brazil and Egypt found themselves 3 down at the break following goals from Leandro Damiao and Neymar.
But Egypt came back from the break with the same resillience they showed in the first half and soon found themselves back in the game as Aboutreika grabbed a goal and a classy effort from Salah ensured a tense final 15 minutes but Brazil held on to their lead and saw out the game.
Brazil are hoping to strike gold at the games for the first time, and with Spain going down 1-0 against Japan will likely be favourites to do so.