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Sunday, 25 November 2012 21:03

Liga round-up: Rio Ave hammer Setúbal

Late equaliser denies Beira-Mar

The weekend’s Liga action saw eight goals at the Bonfim, a milestone for João Tomás, and another painful outing for Beira-Mar. Ben Shave rounds up events from round ten. 

Beira-Mar 2-2 V. Guimarães

Beira-Mar’s rotten form continued in Friday’s round ten opener, as Guimarães snatched a late point in Aveiro. The home side got off to the perfect start when Saleh’s deflected effort trickled home after just three minutes, but their lead did not last long: Freire bundled home midway through the first half after a wince-inducing error from Rui Rêgo.

Beira-Mar retook the lead with fourteen minutes remaining. Some excellent work on the left wing for Serginho teed up a simple tap-in for Abel Camará, and it looked as if the home side were heading for only their second win of the campaign.

However, Guimarães had other ideas. An inexcusable lapse in concentration from the Beira-Mar back line deep into injury time allowed substitute Amido Baldé to slip through on goal, and the young centre forward finished calmly to deny Ulisses Morais’ side the win that would have lifted them out of the drop zone.

V. Sétubal 3-5 Rio Ave

A remarkable first half at the Bonfim saw Rio Ave 4-1 up at the interval, thanks to a pair of braces from João Tomás (who reached a century of top flight goals in the process) and Jonathan Del Valle.

Albert Meyong reduced Setúbal’s arrears with two strikes either side of half time and a late penalty, but Tomás had already completed his hat trick on 79 minutes to seal the points for Rio Ave. A late second yellow for Jorge Luiz rounded off a miserable afternoon for the home side.

Nacional 1-0 Estoril

A solitary strike from Mateus just before the hour mark secured a second consecutive Liga win for Nacional, who have noticeably improved under Manuel Machado in recent weeks. Estoril could have moved up to 4th with a victory, but the Angolan’s 57th-minute strike ensured that it was the home side who climbed up the table, to 8th.

Académica 2-2 Gil Vicente

Académica looked to bounce back from their Europa League elimination as they welcomed Gil to Coimbra. An uneventful first half followed, but captain Flávio Ferreira struck to put the home side ahead four minutes after the restart. Pio levelled the scores 20 minutes later, and shortly after Cláudio headed home from César Peixoto’s ball to put Gil ahead for the first time. However, a second late equaliser in the space of four days from Edinho saw the points shared.  

Ben Shave

Comments (4)
Val & Joao Tomas
4 Tuesday, 27 November 2012 17:03
Val, his problem is very simple.

He has 2 first names.
No ones takes you seriously when you have 2 first names.
Joao Tomas
3 Tuesday, 27 November 2012 16:26
He has 7 goals out of Rio Ave's 15 total, impressive percentage, almost 50%.

I checked his bio and whats the deal with him? All he does is score (Academica, Benfica, Braga, Betis), yet he is playing for Rio Ave.

Is he a victim of "always second best"?
2 Tuesday, 27 November 2012 13:29
The surprise team for me so far is Guimaraes. Huge financial/salary/player upheaval during the summer and actually spending on a B Squad.
I really thought the bottom would fall out.

Rio Ave continues to impress. I'm going to have to start paying attention.

I know that it's tough to go to Madeira, but disappointing loss by Estoril.

I was hoping that Gil Vicente could have been more of a force this season.
Joao Tomas
1 Tuesday, 27 November 2012 02:53
Well someone had to say it; congrats Joao Tomas!

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