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Dempo enters Durand Cup football final

Brazilian striker Beto and Anthony Pereira found the target for the winners in 21st minute.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2006 19:41 IST

Dempo Sports Club sailed into the final of the 119th Osian Durand Cup defeating 16-times champions Mohun Bagan 2-0 in the first semi-final at Ambedkar stadium, New Delhi on Saturday.

Brazilian striker Beto and Anthony Pereira found the target for the winners.

The Goan team was on the attacking mood right from the start and capitalised on the weaknesses in the Mohun Bagan defence to earn their first final berth in the century-old-tournament.

Dempo took the lead in the 21st minute when Beto's 30-yard powerful right-footer from the edge of the box foxed Mohun Bagan custodian Sangram Mukherjee with an odd bounce.

The lead was doubled by an unmarked Pereira, who chipped in a Ranty Martin's free kick in the 70th minute to sound the death knell for Mohun Bagan.

Dempo coach Armando Colaco had his plans cut out from the start to stop Mohun Bagan's star striker Jose Ramirez Barretto. The Brazilian was well marked by Dempo defender Sameer Naik and was not given any room to show his craftsmanship.

The depleted Mohun Bagan team, without the services of Bhaichung Bhutia, Sushil Singh and Sanjeev Maria, looked like a disjointed unit and didn't have a single positive move in the match.

On the other hand Dempo, upfront with Ranty and Beto, made regular forays in the Mohun Bagan citadel with good support from midfielders Clifford Miranda and Anthony.

Miranda also came close to scoring in the 80th minute after being fed by Ranty from the edge of the box. He aimed for the far post and was unlucky as the shot missed the net by a whisker.

Eduardo Coelho stood out in the Mohun Bagan defence but didn't get much support from the ageing Dulal Biswas and the absence of Maria, who is on national duty for the Asian Games, was clearly felt.