Madrid - Richi struck an opportunistic goal, deep into
second half added time to rescue a share of the spoils for Spanish club, CD
Roda in a cracking pre-season friendly match against Nigeria Professional
Football League (NPFL) club, Rivers United on Monday night.
The rip-roaring contest which finished 3-3 at Estadio Ciudad
Deportivo Pamesa was United’s second in their fifth and final phase of
pre-season in Spain.
Emeka Ogbugh had given United a deserved lead inside the
opening 10 minutes but the hosts battled back and equalized moments later after
Festus Austine, under pressure, bundled the ball past Abiodun Akande in goal
The Spaniards began the second half on the front foot and
got due reward when Charly Garcia smashed home to put them 2-1 up, six minutes
after the break.
Stung into action, the Pride of Rivers reacted gamely and
turned the game on its head following excellent goals from Godbless Asamoah and
With United seemingly cruising to a second successive win in
Spain, Richi popped up late to plunder a barely-deserved equalizer for the home
Scorer of United’s second goal, Asamoah spoke about his
goal-scoring contribution which temporarily pegged the scores at 2-2.
Also read: Rivers United beat Villarreal in friendly
“We started well by getting an early goal which set the tone
for our third goal.
“I was happy to score because as a striker, I always want to
score as it helps with confidence.
“For me and the team, it was never about the result but
about the performance and the lessons to be learnt,” the attacker told www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.
Another United striker, Elvis Wike however refused to be
crestfallen and outlined the positives of the game and the club’s tour to
“The game against Villarreal was a lot slower in terms of
the pace and intensity as opposed to the game against CD Roda which was also
“But we gave as good as we got and almost won in the end.
“We have learned a lot so far in Spain and we know the
lessons will serve us well in the coming days,” Wike explained.
United beat Villarreal B 1-0 in their first pre-season game
in Spain last week.
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