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Zizo among three Moreirense players sent off in dramatic 4-3 loss

Zizo impresses as Moreirense FC advance in cup

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Egypt’s Ahmed Sayed ‘Zizo’ and two other Moreirense players were sent off in stoppage time as they let a 3-0 lead slip to lose 4-3 to in the Portuguese league.

Moreirense took the lead when Tozé dispatched a penalty sending the keeper the wrong way. Minutes later, Bilel Aouacheria latched onto a sloppy back-pass and rounded the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

The Minho-based club picked up where they left off in the second half as Tozé doubled his personal tally to make it 3-0 with a shot from the edge of the box which took a deflection and went past the goalkeeper.

While the result seemed beyond all doubt, Portimonense found a glimmer of hope when Pires turned in a cross-cum-shot from the right wing. Soon later, miscommunication between a Moreirense defender and goalkeeper cost them as the ball dropped to the left wing before it was shot into the post and fell to Ruben who had the simplest of tasks to make it 3-2.

Portimonense equalised in the last few minutes as Rafa’s heel was clipped by a Moreirense defender, and the resulting penalty was finished well by Pires.

In stoppage time, Moreirense’s capitulation was complete as Egyptian midfielder Zizo picked up a second yellow before Pires scored the third penalty of the game to give Portimonense a 4-3 lead. In the dying embers of the game, Fofana and Drame had a hot headed reaction to the events and were also sent off as Moreirense finished the game with 8 men and eventually lost 4-3.

The result means that Moreirense are down to 16th, one place above the relegation zone. Portimonense are up to 9th as they look to be finishing in mid-table.

Moreirense’s next game is at home against Boavista on April 9, where they will be without Zizo.

Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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