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Koka’s Rio Ave lose 5-0 at Porto

Ahmed Hassan Koka

Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ came on as a second-half substitute as Rio Ave fell to a 5-0 defeat away at FC Porto in the Primeira Liga. 

After an encouraging first 45 minutes at the Estádio do Dragão, which ended goalless, Rio Ave eventually slumped to a 5-0 hammering at the hands of a ruthless FC Porto side.

After the interval, it took just three minutes for Porto to take the lead after former Barcelona player Cristian Tello fired a low shot past Rio Ave goalkeeper Cássio to open the scoring.

Despite being a goal down, Rio Ave still looked a threat on the break, with Diego Lopes and Ukra causing the Porto defence a few problems. Koka came on in place of Marvin Zeegelaar with half an hour remaining, and was involved in some dangerous attacks for the away side, but a combination of good defending for Porto, and poor decisions in the final-third for Rio Ave made it very difficult for them to create any dangerous chances.

Porto eventually extended their lead with 12 minutes remaining, this time through Jackson Martínez, whose fantastic solo effort from 20-yards out showed just why he is one of the most sought after strikers in Europe right now.

Rio Ave capitulated after going two goals down, and during a four minute spell they conceded a further three goals — with Alex Sandro and Òliver Torres scoring their first and third goals respectively of the campaign.

The best was saved for last, however, as Brazilian international Danilo fired a thunderous shot past Cássio from 22-yards out on his weak foot to complete the rout for the home side, who remain just three points off top-spot, currently occupied by Benfica, who they play in two weeks time.

Rio Ave remain in a mid-table position, and so far this weekend, they’re the only side in the top nine to lose (Paços de Ferreira play on Monday). Next up is a home game against struggling Gil Vicente, and Koka’s side will fancy their chances of bouncing back from this defeat.

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