Mon, 17 Feb 2020 13:06 - Updated Mon, 17 Feb 2020 13:06
Girabola 2019/20: Santa Rita draw with 1º de Agosto
Luanda - The Santa Rita de Cássia squad showed their willpower last Sunday, in Luanda, by imposing a nil-nil draw on the defending champions, 1º de Agosto, in the 20th round of the first division National Football Championship (Girabola 2019/20), played in the 11 de Novembro Stadium, in Luanda.
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Football: 1º de Agosto (red, black) draw with Santa Rita
Photo: Henri Celso
Football: 1º de Agosto coach, Dragan Jovic, shows discontent with draw.
Photo: Henri Celso
Although in the 15th (last) position of the standing with 13 points, the northern Uíge Province club players did not inhibit themselves and put up a neck-and-neck football on the pitch.
In the first minute of the match, 1º de Agosto the current title holders with 42 points were closer to open the score, but Mabululo missed the great opportunity by sending the ball over the goal bar.
In that period of the match, the host squad were more offensive, constantly putting visitors to defensive manoeuvres.
The game was quite balanced, so much so that from the 22nd minute Santa Rita de Cássia created several threatening moves to 1º de Agosto’s defensive sector that were forced to send their midfielders Macaia, Ibukun and Mongo to the defence to prevent the team from conceding a goal, however the score remained blank until halftime.
In the restart of the match, Dragan Jovic put in Natael to the place of Paizo, in the 45th minutes which propelled the squad to the attack, with two crosses in a row that Mabululo deflected out.
The same Mabululu showed up again in a play in which he shot first, but the opposite goalkeeper punched it for a corner.
The teams made several attractive moves, but the nil-nil was registered until the end of the regular time (90 minutes).
With this draw, 1º de Agosto lead the tournament with 42 points, while Santa Rita get 13 points in the same ranking position (15º).
Meanwhile, for the next round, 1º de Agosto will face Recreativo da Caála (on 23 Feb), and Santa Rita will play Petro de Luanda (22 Feb).
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