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VIDEO: Koka on target in Rio Ave win, Ghazal solid in Nacional draw

The second round of the Liga Zon Sagres proved to be a positive one for the Egyptians Ahmed Hassan “Koka” and Ali Ghazal, with the former scoring his first goal of the season in Rio Ave’s win.

“Koka”, who has been called up by national coach Bob Bradley to take part in the training camp ahead of the World Cup Qualifier match against Guinea,  scored his first goal of the campaign for Rio Ave in the match against Vitória Setúbal. The 20-year-old Egypt international converted a penalty early in the second half, following a handball by Tiago Terroso to make the score 2-0.

Rio Ave hung on to earn their second successive win, after opening their campaign with a 3-0 win last weekend, as the score remained unchanged until the end of the match.

That same afternoon Ali Ghazal  played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw at home against Vitória Guimarães, performing solidly in Nacional’s midfield.

Rio Ave’s next match is away at newly-promoted Arouca, whilst Nacional visit the other newly-promoted squad, Belenenses. Both matches to be played next Sunday afternoon.

Highlights of the Rio Ave – Vitória Setúbal match. (Hassan’s goal at 1:21)

Photo by Mohaned Ghanem

Alexandre Queirós is a Portuguese sports enthusiast, with particular focus African, Portuguese and Oceanic football. He followed the exploits of the Egyptian players plying their trade in Portugal for KingFut.com and also covers the rest of African football for other websites. He also proudly sates that he has been on the BBC World Service radio, even though he only said one sentence.

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