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Roy Keane praises Chelsea goal Rafael Leao after scoring the winner for Portugal against Ghana

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Roy Keane praises Chelsea target Rafael Leao after scoring Portugal’s winner against Ghana, saying he showed ‘lovely technique’… while Joe Cole claims the super sub was ‘exactly what they needed’ ‘ from the bench

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Roy Keane delighted in the technique Chelsea goal Rafael Leao displayed during Portugal’s win over Ghana.

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

Leao’s goal proved to be the winner for Portugal, as his silky strike from the side gave Fernando Santos’ side a 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 a 3-2 win over Ghana

Rafael Leao scored his first international goal for Portugal in a 3-2 win over Ghana

Roy Keane was impressed by the technique displayed during Leao's winning goal

Roy Keane was impressed by the technique displayed during Leao's winning goal

Roy Keane was impressed by the technique displayed during Leao’s winning goal

ITV pundit Keane praised the AC Milan star for the way he scored his 80th-minute goal. Beautiful finish. Beautiful technique. Beautiful goal,’ Roy Keane told ITV.

Former Blues winger Joe Cole added to the applause saying: “We were calling him up at half time, that’s exactly what they needed.” They need penetration.

The Portugal star has caught the eye of Chelsea after impressing with club AC Milan.

The Portugal star has caught the eye of Chelsea after impressing with club AC Milan.

The Portugal star has caught the eye of Chelsea after impressing with 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

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 with French side Lille in 2019 for £25m, the Portuguese star has become a household name in Italy.

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