I League ‘Jejum’ ends with draw between Rio Ave and Marítimo


39 days later, the Portuguese championship returned with an equality. José Gomes scored the first point on his return to Marítimo, who also met up again with the Vila do Conte emblem, which he has already coached. Vilacondenses saw a goal disallowed at the end of the game.

The tie between Rio Ave and Marítimo (1-1) put an end to more than a month without games in the I League and, at the same time, kicked off the 14th round of the Portuguese championship.

The meeting was marked by many comebacks and all involving the coach José Gomes. The Portuguese coach picked up his first point on his return to Marítimo, the club where he had been in 2019/20, and also reunited with Rio Ave, the emblem he represented in the first half of the 2018/19 season.

As far as the game played is concerned, Marítimo was the first team to open the scoring at Arcos. 39 days after the last game of I Liga, André Vidigal decided to spread magic and scored a great goal in the 37th minute.

However, and still in the first half, Rio Ave reached the equality (45+5′). Following a set piece, Aderllan Santos jumped higher than anyone and headed the ball into the back of the net, defended by Miguel Silva.

In the second half, Rio Ave was pressing looking for a change in the scoreboard, but Marítimo managed to defend well the paths to his goal and achieved an important draw in the fight for permanence. At the end of the game, Leonardo Ruiz put the ball in the back of the island’s net, but referee Gustavo Correia annulled the shot for irregular position.

With this result, Rio Ave rises to seventh place with 19 points, the same as Portimonese, who have a game less. Marítimo, who put an end to a four-game winless streak in all competitions, are 17th with seven points.