O Vilafranquense suffered, at the end of the afternoon of this Monday, the second consecutive defeat in matches counting for League II. This time they were beaten by Rio Ave, 1-2, at the Estádio Municipal de Rio Maior, where there was a special spectator in the stands.
Rui Vitória watched the team game where he started his coaching career (and where he was also a player) and had reason to celebrate, in the 55th minute, when Nené put the ball in the back of the net in Jhonatan’s custody and broke the void. .
The answer would eventually emerge at the final whistle. Pedro Mendes, a striker on loan from Sporting at Vilacondenses until the end of this season, restored equality in the 83rd minute and, in injury time, sealed the final result.
With this triumph, Rio Ave now has 48 points and climbs to second position, leaving behind Benfica B, which the day before had been beaten by Varzim. As for Vilafranquense, they remain with 29 points after 25 matches and are 12th.