Raphinha sees Red, In Barcelona’s season opener. The game concluded with a level 0-0 scoreline, as both squads wrapped up the match with 10 players each. Barcelona began their La Liga title defense with a goalless draw in a stormy clash against Getafe. A total of eight yellow cards and three red cards were shown, including barca’s head coach Xavi Hernandez, turning Barca’s inaugural season match into an intensely heated spectacle.
In the 42nd minute, during a tussle for the ball in a attacking situation, Raphinha struck Getafe’s defender Gaston Alvaraz on the head with his right elbow.
After moments of disagreement and booking, Raphinha was shown a straight red card for his off-the-ball altercation with Gaston Alvaraz, giving the Brazilian a direct red card.
Barcelona found themselves at a numerical disadvantage when one of their players was shown a red card, leaving them with ten players on the field. The turning point came in the 57th minute as Getafe’s Jaime Mata was issued a second yellow card, resulting in his dismissal due to unsportsmanlike conduct towards Ronald Araujo.
Due to the incident just before halftime, Barcelona had to face the challenge of playing with 10 players more than half of the match remaining, but both teams were level even before the hour mark when Jaime Mata received his second yellow card.
On a rainy night in the capital city of Spain, Barcelona held their dominance, displaying usual possession style football while taking 14 shots compared to their opponents’ five, yet none of these shots found the back of the net. Raphinha was the main threat for Getafe as his runs through the right channel created many opportunities for barca.
Raphinha, the player who delivered the heavy blow to Gaston Alvaraz, suffered a head injury, leading his teammates and coaches to express immediate disappointment.
He realized his mistake and was caught in the wrong, as he had been shown a red card by the referee. Instead of arguing like his teammates did, he simply chuckled and walked off the pitch.
More about Raphinha.
More about Raphinha
Raphinha, holds the status of a skilled professional footballer specializing as a right-winger, currently gracing the ranks of La Liga’s Barcelona in addition to representing the Brazilian national team on the international stage. He began his career with Avaí but in 2016, he moved to Portuguese team Vitória Guimarães, where he made his professional debut.
After an impressive performance, he signed with Sporting CP, spending a year before allegedly agreeing to a £50 million deal with French club Rennes. A year later, he was reportedly moving forward, signing with Leeds United before supposedly making a move to Spanish club Barcelona in a deal worth around £50 million.
Since his debut in October 2021, Raphinha has become an international player for Brazil. His first two goals for national side came in a victory over Uruguay at the end of that month. He was soon selected for the Brazil’s national team in the 2022 FIFA qualifiers. Raphinha is regarded as one of the world’s best wingers.
Raphinha was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil.When he was seven years old, he participated in Ronaldinho’s birthday celebration alongside his dad and uncle, all thanks to their familial connection with the soccer sensation. They’ve met several times, and hence developing a lasting friendship between them.
Before embarking on his professional football career, Raphinha participated in the Varzea Tournament until the age of 18.
A lasting companionship with Bruno Fernandes has been a part of his story, dating back prior to Fernandes becoming his fellow player during their shared time at Sporting CP. Raphinha has acknowledged that Bruno Fernandes played a pivotal role in his footballing journey.