Gabriel Magalhaes is Arsenal’s latest full international having made his competitive debut for Brazil as they beat Bolivia 5-1 in their opening qualifier for the 2026 World Cup.
The centre-back has had to wait a long time to get on the pitch for his country having been on the bench on four previous occasions, the last of which came in February 2022.
The 25-year-old had hoped to be part of the squad that travelled to Qatar for the World Cup but was overlooked by technical director Juninho who wasn’t impressed at the player turning down an earlier call-up to be with his wife while she gave birth.
Anyway, better late than never for Big Gabi who played 84 minutes alongside PSG’s Marquinhos before being replaced. There have been some suggestions he went off with an injury – pictures show he had an ice pack on his right thigh – but we’ll have to hope it’s minor.
Neymar overtook Pele as Brazil’s record goalscorer at international level with a brace (he also missed a penalty), Rodrygo grabbed a couple of goals and Raphinha was also on the scoresheet.
Richarlison started the match, didn’t score (there’s a surprise!), and was replaced by Gabriel Jesus in the final minute. It was our man’s first international minutes since limping out of December’s WC group stage clash with Cameroon. Gabriel Martinelli was an unused sub.
Brazil will now travel to Peru for a second qualifier on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Martin Odegaard played just over an hour as Norway thrashed Jordan 6-0 in a friendly. In Euro 2024 qualifiers, William Saliba was a second half sub as France beat the Republic of Ireland and Jukub Kiwior played a full 90 minutes for Poland as they beat the Faroe Islands; both games ended 2-0.