In the final Durand Cup qualifier played on Wednesday, ONGC defeated Border Security Force (BSF) 1-0 to book their place in the quarterfinal league stage of the tournament.
With the scorecard reading 0-0 until almost the final whistle and a tiebreak imminent to decide the result, ONGC went all out to attack and win the game.
Baba Tunde, ONGC’s frontman, scored in the 89th minute to take the team further into the tournament.
It needed just a minor lapse of concentration from the BSF defence and Tunde lost no time in punishing them for it.
After a cross was floated into the box from the left flank, the ball found Tunde upfront with the BSF centrebacks caught off-guard.
The Nigerian striker tucked the ball into the back of the net with his right foot to give ONGC a 1-0 victory.
The Mumbai club has been drawn in group B along with Mohun Bagan and JCT Phagwara, and begin their quarterfinal stage campaign against JCT on September 13.
Reigning champions Mahindra United play their first match against newcomers Lajong FC Shillong the next day.
Churchill Brothers, runners-up last year, play their opener with Sporting Club de Goa on September 15.
The tournament, being sponsored by ONGC, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), State Bank of India and Cosco among others, is offering Rs. 11 lakh as the total prize money. The winner will receive Rs. 5 lakh while the runner-up will take home Rs. 3 lakh.