Still the game had not started, and already appeared a last-minute setback: Lionn resented an injury sustained in the last practice. Both the player like Pedro Martins still hoped that the problem would not hinder the player from participating in the game but this has not happened. Lionn has a strong muscular trauma and sat out.
Pedro Martins changed plans and Abalo entered to the right side of the defense.
- Abalo, Prince, Hahib e Tiago Pinto
- Wakaso, Tarantini e Diego Lopes
- Ukra, Del Valle e Marvin
In an very hot afternoon, with high levels of humidity, the players resented early in the game. First part less achieved, with two ocasions of great danger created by Tarantini, so in the first few minutes, and Del Valle, almost at the end of the first half. On both occasions the Académica de Coimbra goalkeeper was good.
For the second half entered Boateng replacing Marvin and the Rio Ave Futebol Clube start having a reference in the area creating more difficulties to a defensive line of 4 men and 2 more defensive pivots that never leave the 30 metres area from its half of the field.
Again, on second half, twice, by Del Valle, the ball rolled by with some danger of Academica goal, without, however, score.
Final result: 0-0. Rio Ave FC have now 37 points.
Saturday and Sunday the squad will train in Fão, preparing the game of the Portuguese Cup.