Carlos Mané, Rafael Camacho and Gelson Dala. Those players – all with a past at Sporting – were the workers behind the Rio Ave triumph at Vitória de Guimarães 3-1 this Saturday in the 19th round of the I League.
With this result, the Vila do Conde team reached 22 points and entered the top 10 of the championship, while the Minho lost ground in the battle for European places against Paços de Ferreira (playing with Sporting on Monday).
At the D. Afonso Henriques Stadium in Guimarães, the game was resolved by counterattacks and in the first half. João Henriques’s Vitória controlled the game with a ball but hit the Rio Ave block permanently. A comfortable, ball-free block prepared to steal in advanced areas.
So it was at 22 ‘when Carlos Mané was launched on the far right and didn’t fail in isolation. It was the same at 32 ‘, on a similar move. New counterattack and Rafael Camacho isolated before submitting with category.
Rio Ave used three players associated with Sporting. The first, who was trained in Alcochete, continues the good season – he ruled out his injuries and at this point already has four goals and four assists – while the second, on loan from Sporting, scored a goal for the second time in a row and fights to prove what He had previously said publicly: that he is happier (and more capable) when he plays in advanced positions, and that side position hinders good football. After all, Gelson Dala, also with a past at Sporting, “sponsored” it all and signed the two templates.
In the second half Vitória showed a little more than he had shown. Dominant again, but much more intense and concluding after the break – but without any obvious danger.
Minho’s attempts were rewarded in the 70th minute when Felipe Augusto attacked André André in the Rio Ave area. Ricardo Quaresma was told to score the penalty and after allowing Kieszek to defend, he scored on the reload.
The stage was ready for Vitória’s “attack” on a Rio Ave by a short margin, but less than five minutes later João Henriques’s team began to make things a lot easier in the defensive zone.
This time it wasn’t a collective mistake as there is a well-identified culprit. Rio Ave threw a ball in the back of the Minho defense and Bruno Varela, who had the conditions to clear the ball calmly, wanted to dominate the ball. The boldness went wrong, the guardian offered the “toast” and Gelson Dala accepted it.
The Angolan stole the ball from Varela and scored with an open goal, adding one goal to the two assists (he has four goals and four assists in the season).