FC Arouca d’Ofori & Bukia promoted to Primeira Liga after play-off win against Rio Ave

Arsenio and Jose Velazquez’s goals were enough for the Arouquenses to overpower Miguel Cardoso’s men at Estadio dos Arcos

FC Arouca have ended a five-year hiatus with the Primeira Liga after triumphing 5-0 on aggregate against Rio Ave in the La Liga Portugal 2 play-off on Sunday night.

After winning the first leg 3-0, the Arouquenses doubled over Miguel Cardoso’s men with a 2-0 result at Estadio dos Arcos.

A goal from Arsenio in the first half and an effort from Jose Velazquez in the second half were all the visitors needed to secure the victory that saw them return to the Portuguese elite division.

The impressive away result also extended Arouca’s winning streak to 11 in all competitions. For Rio Ave, they will begin their lives in the second tier when the 2021-22 season begins.

Needing to close their three-goal deficit, Cardoso’s men started the game on an impressive note, but their attacking forays failed to translate into goals as goalkeeper Victor Braga put in an outstanding performance at post .

Despite the dominant possession of the ball, it was Arouca who took the advantage in the 32nd minute thanks to Arsenio.

After a one-two trade with Pedro Moreira, the Portuguese midfielder landed an unstoppable shot past goalkeeper Pawel Kieszek.

Rio Ave almost equalized things immediately, but goalkeeper Braga hit Carlos Mane’s shot over the crossbar for a corner kick.

Three minutes into the second half, the visiting team were set to extend their lead, even though André Silva’s header from a free kick crossed the crossbar.

On the opposing side, Ronan low shot was stopped Braga following a bad clearance from the defenders of Arouca.

Rio Ave’s place in the second division was confirmed in the 59th minute as they conceded their second goal of the night after Velazquez shot Quaresma’s cross past a blocked Kieszek.

Congolese international Andre Bukia was given the starting role by Arouca, but was replaced by Brazilian striker Adilio in the 67th minute.

For Lawrence Ofori of Ghana, he was pulled out for Mauro Caballero with eight minutes left. His compatriot Yaw Moses was not on the list, as were Cameroonian Norbert Haymamba and the Cape Verdean duo Junior Sena and Marco Soares.

For Rio Ave, Angola’s Gelson Dala and Guinea Bissau Pele were in action but couldn’t do much to save the Vila do Conde-based squad.


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