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Portimonense: Robbed!

LIGA BWIN: RIO AVE 1-0 PORTIMONENSE

Portimonense suffered their third consecutive league defeat last Monday night with referee Bruno José Costa the target of heavy criticism from manager Paulo Sérgio.

“A ridiculous straight red card for an innocuous tackle with minimal contact followed by a failure to award a clear penalty in our favour,” the manager commented on the man in black’s performance.

The Algarveans could have gone ahead in the 24th minute when Ouattara left two defenders in his wake to provide a perfect cross for Yago Cariello, but Rio Ave keeper Jhonatan produced a stunning point blank save to keep out the striker’s powerful header.

Despite the above-mentioned marching orders issued to the influential Moufi on the half-hour mark reducing Portimonense to 10 men, the visitors remained the more dangerous-looking team but suffered a reversal deep into first-half injury time when the defence failed to deal with a Samaris ball into the area allowing Boateng to slot home with ease.

Portimonense pressed for an equaliser throughout the second half and thought they had won a penalty with 15 minutes remaining when Rio Ave’s Josué appeared to handle the ball in the area, but the referee waved play on after watching a VAR replay.

At the death, Bryan Rochez still had the opportunity to at least salvage a point, but his well-placed header skimmed inches wide of the post.

Portimonense, in eight place on 15 points, next welcome Estoril to their Municipal Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

By SKIP BANDELE