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Koka and his teammates took the first step toward the final of the Portuguese Cup, with Koka nearing his second Taça de Portugal final in three years in Portugal.
Braga took the home field and crowd to their advantage as they took control of the match straight from kick-off. It took the hosts just seven minutes to open the scoring through Pedro Santos, who successfully converted a penalty kick, after Egypt international Koka was fouled inside the box.
The remainder of the first half remained tense as Braga attempted to further their lead, while Rio Ave tried to score an important away goal.
In the second half, Braga’s players kept the ball at their feet for longer periods of time, trying to construct successful attempts on goal, but they were unlucky as only three out of their 11 shots were on target.
Ahmed Hassan Koka’s night came to an end in the 74th minute as he was replaced by midfielder Rui Fonte. The tempo of the game remained high with a total of 37 fouls committed throughout the 90 minutes.
The return leg will played on the 3rd of March, marking Koka’s second occasion facing his former teammates, but his first return to Rio Ave after his transfer to Braga.