Garhwal Heroes continued their epic run in the Durand Cup on Friday beating Sporting Club de Goa 2-1 in a hard-fought match.
Wasting a number of chances in the first half, Garhwal Heroes took the lead early through Ashish Pandey before the game settled into a midfield joust.
Kamal Rawat and Khulbushan, always a threat down the right wing, were narrowly off target. At the other end, it was Joshua Maguire who led the attack.
The heat took its toll in the second half. In the 84th minute, captain Kamei doubled the lead for Garhwal, curling the ball in from 30 yards.
With five minutes of added time in the second half, Sporting Clube turned on the heat and reduced the margin through Mackroy Peixoto. They scored again 30 seconds later, but the goal was disallowed for off-side.
“It is totally unexpected, we were called up at the last moment, we had seven or eight days to practice, but this was not a fluke, we had clear chances, we missed chances, but we made it” said Garhwal coach BS Negi.
Salgaocar beat Air India in what began as a fast-paced game but was soon slowed by mistakes and stoppages.
The unfortunate highlight of the day’s second match was Salgaocar’s Anthony Barbosa scoring and injuring himself in the same movement.
Bleeding from the mouth, he had to be stretchered off but Salgaocar’s coach Karim Bencherifa said the injury isn’t serious.
In the dying moments of the gam e, a fantastic curling shot by Beevan d’Mello struck the post and the veteran Yakubu Yusif finished the move on the rebound to seal the win.
Vijith Shetty scored one for Air India with a powerful shot, but it was too little too late.