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Brazil Invite Barca’s Rafinha, United’s Pereira For U-23 Eagles Clash

Barcelona’s Rafinha Alcantara, Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira and Felipe Anderson from Lazio are part of a 22-man Brazil squad that will face the U-23 Eagles in a friendly match in Brazil.

According to Paulo Freitas, Sky Sports correspondent in Brazil, the list also includes Monaco’s duo of Fabinho and Wallace, Rodrigo Ely from AC Milan and Ederson from Benfica.

Rafinha is currently battling back from injury and his inclusion depends on how well he recovers.

Others are Wendell from Bayer Leverkusen, Granada’s Doria, Matheus Salles of Palmeiras and Alisson from Cruzeiro.

The friendly game between Brazil and the U-23, billed for March 24 in Cariacica, is part of preparation for the football event at this summer’s Rio Olympic Games.

Apart from Nigeria, the Brazilians will also take on South Africa in another friendly match.

It would be recalled that the last time the U-23 squad of Nigeria and Brazil met was at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Nigeria won 4-3 thanks to Nwankwo Kanu’s golden goal in the first half of extra-time.

Brazil’s U-23 squad for Nigeria:

Goalkeepers
Ederson (Benfica)
Matheus Vidotto (Corinthians)

Defenders
Doria (Granada)
Rodrigo Ely (AC Milan)
Wallace (Monaco)
Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo)
Fabinho (Monaco)
Zeca (Santos)
Wendell (Bayer Leverkusen)
Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro)

Midfielders
Rodrigo Dourado (Internacional)
Thiago Maia (Santos)
Matheus Salles (Palmeiras)
Rafinha Alcantara (Barcelona)
Andreas Pereira (Manchester United)
Felipe Anderson (Lazio)

Attackers
Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras)
Alisson (Cruzeiro)
Malcom (Bordeaux)
Gabriel (Santos)
Luciano (Corinthians)
Luan (Gremio)

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