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3-1 down, 26 minutes to play, Flamengo needed a miracle... then Vinicius did this!

Pin Vinicius comes on as a substitute for Flamengo. Captura
Vinicius comes on as a substitute for Flamengo. Captura

3-1 down, 26 minutes to play, Flamengo needed a miracle... then Vinicius did this!

Tom Smith by Tom Smith @besoccer_com - 0 5,231

Vinicius Jr is not a regular in the Flamengo starting XI, but when his team needed him most, he well and truly stepped up to the plate.

Vinicius is used sparingly by Reinaldo Rueda, a manager who is is fully aware of the forward's talent, but also knows he is still developing as a player.

However, when called upon by his boss, the 17-year-old did not disappoint.

He came on in the 64th minute of Flamengo's Copa Sudamericana tie against Fluminense, which they were losing 3-1 at the time. Having only won the home leg 1-0, a quick reaction was needed.

Vinicius was deployed on the left flank and after just three minutes on the pitch, he played a ball into Everton, who superbly flicked on for Felipe Vizeu to tuck home.

3-2... Flamengo were still on the verge of saying goodbye to their tournament hopes. Then Vinicius decided to take things into his own hands and won a free-kick on the right, which was eventually headed in by a teammate.

That finished of a fine match for the player soon to link up with Real Madrid. Check out his highlights here:

 

Tom Smith

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