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FC Porto's Nigerian defender Zaidu Sanusi (R) vies with Tondela's Brazilian defender Bebeto during the Portuguese League football match between Porto and Tondela at the Dragao stadium in Porto on December 5, 2020. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

 

 

Super Eagles defender, Zaidu Sanusi picked up from a not too impress Champions League night against Chelsea to produce a near-perfect display to help FC Porto to a 2-0 away at Tondela in the league, AOIFootball.com reports.

 

Starting his 17th league game of the campaign, the 23-year-old was a constant threat on the left-hand side of the pitch with the visitors hoping to pick all three points and close in on first place Sporting CP.

 

A first-half strike from Spanish forward Toni Martinez gave the visitors a deserved first-half lead before Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi came off the bench in the second period to score the important second goal and give Porto their 5th consecutive league win.

 

Sanusi who lasted the entire 90 minutes, had a game rating of 7.1, made one key interception and clearance, won 4 tackles, and also won 7 duels, with Porto now shifting their attention to Tuesday’s UCL clash against Chelsea hoping to overturn a first-leg 2-0 deficit.

 

Elsewhere at the Estadio do Bessa XXI in Porto, Eagles defender Chidozie Awaziem once again captained his Boavista side as they failed to pick all three points following their entertaining 3-3 draw at home to Rio Ave.

 

Needing a win to move away from relegation waters, the hosts took a deserved first-half lead when Gambian striker Yusupha Njie scored twice with Gelson Dala pulling one back for the visitors to make it 2-1 at the break.

 

Boavista were then reduced to 10 men when Yanis Hamache was given his marching orders following a second yellow card but he had goalkeeper Leo Jardim to thank as he saved the resulting spot-kick to still leave scores at 2-1.

 

But the numerical advantage soon came to play when Carlos Mane equalized for the host 20 minutes from time but an own goal from Ronan twelve minutes later put Boavista within just eight minutes of snatching all 3 points.

 

However, their hopes were dashed deep into added time when former Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao leveled matters with almost the last kick as they shared the points to leave the hosts just within one point and a place above the relegation zone.

 

 

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