Brazil Star Endrick Copies Lionel Messi’s El Clasico Celebration After Scoring Winner vs Mexico

Brazil Star Endrick Copies Lionel Messi’s El Clasico Celebration After Scoring Winner vs Mexico

Rene Otinga
updated at June 9, 2024 at 8:39 AM
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  • Brazil claimed a dramatic 3-2 win over Mexico thanks to 17-year-old Endrick’s dramatic 96th-minute winner
  • The soon-to-be Real Madrid forward’s late header, his third goal for his nation, helped Brazil reclaim their lead
  • Endrick is expected to play a vital role for Brazil when they kick off their Copa America campaign on June 25 against Costa Rica

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Brazilian wonderkid Endrick delighted fans with his goal celebration after scoring a dramatic late winner in a friendly against Mexico on Saturday, June 8.

The 17-year-old forward, who is expected to join Real Madrid, saved the Selecao from an embarrassing draw after Dorival Junior’s side carelessly surrendered a two-goal lead in the second half.

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Endrick scored a dramatic late winner for Brazil against Mexico on Saturday, June 8. Photo: Juan Manuel Serrano.
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A much-changed Brazil team took the lead early on at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, when Fulham star Andreas Pereira found a way past the Mexican backline to slot home inside five minutes.

Mexico grew in confidence as the half wore on but were silenced by Gabriel Martinelli’s goal in the 54th minute.

Jaime "Jimmy" Lozano’s side clawed their way back to the game, with Julián Quiñones connecting with a delightful ball from substitute Alexis Vega to half the deficit.

It almost looked like the Mexicans had done enough to salvage a draw after Guillermo Martínez made it 2-2 in the 92nd minute, but Endrick had other plans.

According to ESPN, the teenage sensation continued his impressive form for Brazil, heading in a cross from Vinicius Junior in the dying stages of the game to send Brazil fans into delirium.

Endrick’s celebration

As he wheeled away in celebration, the 17-year-old took off his shirt and hung it up for fans to see – antics similar to Lionel Messi’s when the Argentine scored a dramatic winner against Real Madrid in the El Clasico in 2017.

The celebration inevitably earned Endrick a yellow card, but the Brazilian was more concerned about the fact that he won the game for his nation.

This was Endrick’s third goal for his nation, and he is developing a knack for scoring in high-profile friendly matches.

According to GOAL, he previously netted against England and Spain.

Brazil’s Copa America group

Before embarking on their quest to win the Copa America, Brazil will play one more friendly match in America—against the USA on June 13.

Their tournament kicks off with a game against Costa Rica on June 25, followed by a clash against familiar rivals Paraguay four days later.

Brazil’s final Group D game will be a crunch clash against Colombia on July 3.

Why Alisson wore number 110

Sports Brief also reported why Alisson wore the number 110 jersey during Brazil vs Mexico.

Squad numbers are usually kept below 50 and rarely go above 100. Alisson's Liverpool teammate, Trent-Alexander Arnold, wears number 66.

The 110 jersey had a sentimental meaning, as it was used to mark Brazil's 110th anniversary since its football federation was established.

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