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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CSKA's Jo Gets Into the Record Books for 'Poker'

Itar-TassJo beating Shinnik's Sergei Omelyanchuk to score a goal Sunday in Moscow.
CSKA Moscow's Brazilian striker Jo became the first non-CIS player to score four goals in the Russian Premier League, hitting the mark in a 5-1 demolition of Shinnik Yaroslavl on Sunday.

The striker, who turned 19 last week, single-handedly destroyed Shinnik in a second-half master class in finishing that compounded the Yaroslavl team's wavering start to the season and sent the Army side to the top of the table with two wins after two matches.

"I thought it would take a lot longer to adapt [in Russia] and that it wouldn't go so smoothly," Jo said in an interview with Sport-Express published Monday.

His goal spree was aided by the 28th-minute expulsion of Shinnik's Anatoly Romanovich and an 80th-minute penalty.

"In the second half, our extra player made all the difference," Jo said.

"From Cast to Poker" read the paper's banner headline. The Brazilian -- who now has five goals in as many games for CSKA -- arrived in Russia with his leg in a cast during the winter break after breaking his ankle. In Russian, poker is when a player scores four goals, in reference to the "four of a kind" hand in the card game.

Vagner Love, another Brazilian at CSKA, went through troubled times at the club last year, when he proclaimed his loathing for Russian winters and the insuitability of Moscow as a place to rear a family, before eventually deciding to stay.

But Jo said the support of everyone at the club had hastened his acclimatization.

"As I have already said, I have been very well received by everyone in Russia: the [club's] president, the coach [Valery Gazzayev], club staff and the players, including, of course, the Brazilians" Vagner Love, Daniel Carvalho and Dudu.

"They have supported me as much as they could, and I felt at home very quickly."

Midfield playmaker Carvalho was last season's player of the year and has the potential to strike up a penetrating attacking partnership with Jo, who said he aimed to finish as the league's top scorer.

"Every CSKA striker should aim to be on the list [of top scorers]."

Jo could hardly have asked to make a bigger impact in Russia football since his move from Brazilian league side Corinthians earlier this year. He scored the winner in the 3-2 victory over archrival Spartak Moscow in the Russian Cup final to hand the Army side its first silverware of the season.

CSKA's next game is away to Spartak on Saturday.