Ghanaian midfielder Alhassan Wakaso was in full swing for Rio Ave but high flying Benfica proved too strong to win 3-1 in the Portuguese league.
In-form Brazilian forward Jonas Oliviera scored twice with Mexican Raul Rodriguez getting the third goal for Benfica.
Highly rated Belarus international Renan Bressan got what turned out to be a consolation goal for Rio Ave.
Alhassan Wakaso who scored over the weekend was his usual combative best in midfield but could do little to prevent his side from going down ultimately.
The defeat sees Rio Ave move to 6th on the league table while Benfica stay on 3rd place.
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