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VIDEO: Koka scores for Rio Ave but Boavista snatch a late equaliser
Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ was on target yet again for Rio Ave as the Vila do Conde outfit failed to see off ten-man Boavista on Monday evening.
Just eight minutes into the game, Rio Ave were awarded a penalty; Koka was clean-through on goal and appeared to have been pulled down by Beckeles inside the box. The referee pointed to the spot and showed the Argentine defender a straight red card. Replays showed that Koka made the most of the challenge and perhaps a straight red so early in the game was harsh.
Koka stepped up and sent Mika the wrong way to score his tenth league goal of the season, and his thirteenth overall. The Egyptian striker refused to celebrate his goal as a mark of respect for the victims of Sunday’s tragic events in Cairo.
With a one-man advantage, Rio Ave started to dictate the pace of the game. Chances were few and far between and perhaps the best chance of the half came on the half-hour mark, after Koka’s close-range shot was saved at point-blank range by Boavista’s goalkeeper, Mika.
The first-half was largely uneventful, with the red card and subsequent penalty the only talking points.
The second-half followed the trend of the first; nether side created much, and despite being a man light, Boavista played quite better as the half progressed but were restricted to long-range efforts for the most part.
In injury-time, and with Rio Ave on the cusp of their first away win in the league since early January, Ukra handled the ball inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot for the second time. Ukra could have no complaints, even if it was unintentional and Tengarrinha stepped up and hammered the ball into the top corner to seal a point for the home side.
Rio Ave’s Prince Gouano, just back from suspension, saw red in injury-time.
1-1 is how it ended, and Pedro Martins will undoubtedly see this as two points lost, rather than one gained. Next up for Koka’s side is a home game against Moreirense on Sunday.