Porto routs Rio Ave 5-0 to restore lead in Portugal

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Porto saw its second 5-0 result in five days but this time it was the team doing all the scoring.

Tiquinho Soares struck twice to lead Porto to a 5-0 victory on Sunday over Rio Ave and return to the top of the Portuguese league.

The big win came after Porto was completely outclassed at home by Liverpool in a 5-0 defeat in the opening leg of their Champions League round-of-16 match on Wednesday.

The second leg is on March 6 at Anfield.

Sergio Oliveira and Moussa Marega added goals to Soares’ double, while Rio Ave defender Marcelo scored an own-goal.

Porto moved two points ahead of defending champion Benfica and also has a game in hand.

Braga remained in fourth place after routing Guimaraes 5-0.

Sporting Lisbon is five points behind Porto before it visits Tondela on Monday.

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