On This Day: Jo scores a ‘poker’ for CSKA against Shinnik

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On 26 March 2006, the Brazilian striker Jo scored his first goals in the Russian Premier Liga for CSKA Moscow against Shinnik Yaroslavl - and there were four of them at once.

Before moving to Russia, the forward was champion of Brazil with Corinthians, and in his first official games for the Armymen - in the Russian Cup and Supercup - he scored the winning goals.

In the championship, he wasn’t able to start so quickly. Jo did not score in the opening matchday against Spartak Nalchik, and in the first half of the home match against Shinnik, he couldn’t finish from a few metres out.

CSKA took the lead thanks to a precise strike by Sergey Ignashevich, but Shinnik drew level through Anton Khazov. Coincidentally, at that time Khazov was the last player in the RPL to score a ‘poker’ [four goals in one match].

This happened back in November 2001, when the forward, playing for Dynamo Moscow, scored four goals against Fakel Voronezh in a 6-2 thrashing. This time he was on the receiving end.

It took Jo four minutes into the second half to finally score his first league goal from Yuri Zhirkov's pass. The Brazilian marked his success with a dance with his compatriot Vagner Love. "Before this fixture, we agreed that we would dance if one of us scored," the forward admitted after the match.

Only one Brazilian, Jo, scored in that game. Daniel Carvalho set up his teammate for the second goal and then earned a penalty for him to score a hat-trick. Jo did not stop and scored the fourth goal, again from Zhirkov's pass. In doing so, the Brazilian became the first CSKA player to score a poker in the Russian Premier League.

"I once scored five. This was in the 2004 Brazilian championship. But in Russia, I have already scored four times in the second matchday. I hope that I will break this record in the near future," Jo said in an interview with Sport-Express.

This game remained his most productive in his RPL career. In 2006, Jo led the top goalscorers’ race for some time, but due to injury lost out to Roman Pavlyuchenko. Together with CSKA, however, the Brazilian became a champion of Russia.


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