The 3 points of the match were for Sporting, but without justice.
Rio Ave FC played face-to-face with an opponent who fitghts for portuguese title with no fear at all.
The visiting team scored the first goal from the penalty spot (11 ‘), at a time when any of the formations had done something that deserved the advantage.
Marvin, shortly after leaves Sporting’s defense disarmed, “shoot on the pole of Rui Patricio goal. Would be 1-1, proving that the Rio Ave FC was not intimidated with the Sporting first goal by Adrien.
After that came Slimani’s goal, result of a lucky bounce in the rioavista area.
The disadvantage of 2 goals at halftime ended a huge injustice to Rio Ave FC because what was produced in the first half by our team.
In the second half the pace of the game was even more intense. Kayembe entry left Rio Ave FC virtually playing with two strikers and pushed Sporting to his midfield, and playing in counterattack.
At minute 69, after an insistence of Kayembe, Yazalde makes 1-2, relaunching the team in search of a turnaround that would not happen.
By the end, Rio Ave FC never gave up looking for a goal. The victory “smile” to visitors, with a hint of injustice to Rio Ave FC.
foto Agostinho Santos/RAFC