0408 GMT March 09, 2021
Rio Ave’s Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi finished a memorable debut campaign as the joint-top scorer of the Primeira Liga with 18 goals.
A couple of goals in a 2-0 victory over Boavista on Saturday saw the 28-year-old Iranian share the top spot of the scoring chart with Benfica’s Brazilian duo Pizzi and Carlos Vinicius.
Taremi – who left Qatari club Al Gharafa to join the Portuguese side – opened the scoring in the 17th minute after he put in Diego Lopes’ deflected shot from close range.
Ex-Persepolis striker then stole a back pass and dribbled past the keeper for his second of the night with six minutes left on the clock.
The top scorer’s award, however, will go to Vinicius who scored the same number of goals in fewer minutes of play this season.
The Brazilian scored a late winner during a 2-1 win over archrival Sporting Lisbon on Saturday.
Portuguese giant FC Porto was crowned champion of the Primeira Liga with 82 points – despite a 2-1 away defeat against SC Braga on the final day – with Benfica (77 points), SC Braga (60 points), and Sporting Lisbon (60 points) finishing second to fourth.
Saturday’s victory saw Taremi’s Rio Ave overtake Famalicao – which was held to a 3-3 draw at Maritimo – for the fifth spot and a place in next season’s Europa League playoffs.
Taremi is the second Iranian international to top the scoring chart of a European league this season following Zenit St. Petersburg’s Sardar Azmoun.
The prolific Iranian scored his 17th goal of the campaign in a 2-1 win over Rostov last Wednesday in the season finale of the Russian Premier League (RPL).
Azmoun beat teammate Artem Dzyuba to the award – despite both scoring the same number of goals – by virtue of fewer goals from the spot.
Azmoun scored one penalty, whereas Dzyuba got seven to his name.
Zenit completed a domestic double on Saturday by beating Khimki 1-0 to lift the Russian Cup trophy, courtesy of Dzyuba’s 84th-minute penalty.