Zaidu Sanusi played for Porto but couldn’t prevent his side from losing to Rio Ave for the first time in 18 years
Porto came into this game after three straight wins to start the season as Rio Ave were still winless, making the result all the more unlikely.
The home side took a 3-0 lead at half-time, stunning their opponents including Nigerian defender Jamilu Collins who played the whole game.
Rio Ave stuns Porto
Abdul-Aziz Yakubu found himself in acres of space and released a weak effort that ended up in the middle of the net to open the scoring after 22 minutes.
The goalscorer quickly turned provider as Abdul-Aziz produced a soft pass to select Pedro Amaral inside the box who fired into the bottom right corner to double Rio Ave’s lead.
The home side went wild with a third goal as Abdul-Aziz scored his second just two minutes before half-time with a superb header to finish off a good cross from Amaral.
Porto improved dramatically in the second half but couldn’t change their fortunes as Mehdi Taremi missed a penalty, but Toni Martinez eventually scored the consolation goal in the 93rd minute to seal the 3-1 result in a a historic evening for Rio Ave.
Zaidu Sanusi’s involvement
Zaidu Sanusi was on the wrong side of the result but had a decent game individually in which he lasted the full duration.
The left-back had two clearances and a tackle and was never dribbled past by the opposing forwards.
The 25-year-old touched the ball a total of 84 times and played 50 passes which is 87.7% of his success rate.
However, Zaidu struggled offensively with only one of his nine crosses hitting the intended target and the defender also lost the ball 18 times.