Egyptian legend Essam El-Hadary has been transfer-listed by Wadi Degla after reported...
- Elneny out for at least three weeks due to injury
- Date set for Arsenal’s FA Cup clash against Lincoln City
- OFFICIAL: Wadi Degla transfer-list Egypt legend Essam El-Hadary
- Spalletti: Salah and Dzeko are world class players
- UEFA Champions League trophy to visit Egypt
- El-Said returns as Al Ahly announce squad for Degla clash
- Amr Warda involved in goal as PAOK exit Europa League
- Warda voted Man of The Match in PAOK’s win over Veria
- Ahmed Nagy: El-Hadary will go to the World Cup
- Former Enugu Rangers coach: Zamalek are not invincible
Koka’s Rio Ave qualify for Europa League play-off
Rio Ave’s first ever home game in European competitions proved to be a tough and nervous affair. The home side needed to at least hold on to the draw, whilst IFK Göteborg needed to win. As such, the first few minutes of the match were spent inside Rio Ave’s area, with Sam Larsson threatening goalkeeper Cássio on a couple of occasions.
However, Rio Ave still managed to scare Göteborg early on, as John Alvbage left the goal poorly and was heavily pressured by Koka, before being able to release the ball safely. The home side then began to gain more confidence and took control of the match, with Yonathan Del Valle and Filipe Augusto being the protagonists in the offence, but many balls failed to reach their desired man or the goal.
The second half began with Göteborg attacking more, with Larsson being the most dangerous player. Rio Ave also tried to score, but an uninspired Koka failed to capitalize, which led to him making way for Boateng in the 78nd minute. A few minutes later, Tarantini had one of the best chances of the match, but his header missed the post by inches.
The crowd began to celebrate every interception and defensive action as if they were goals and, as the minutes ticked away, Rio Ave fended off every offensive maneuver from Göteborg until the final whistle.
The 0-1 victory in Sweden was enough for Rio Ave to qualify for the play-off stage of the Europa League, where they may meet clubs such as Lyon, Inter Milan or Tottenham. The draw is on Friday morning, with the games to be played on the 21st and 28th of August.