I-League 2021: Papa Babacar Diawara scores brace in Punjab FC win, Chennai Metropolis beat NEROCA

I-League 2021: Papa Babacar Diawara scores brace in Punjab FC win, Chennai Metropolis beat NEROCA

A brace from Papa Babacar Diawara (Thirty fifth and 56th) ensured Punjab FC all three factors regardless of a late aim by Vellington Fernandes (87th).

Kalyani: Punjab FC moved as much as the second spot within the I-League standings after beating Indian Arrows 2-1 on the Kalyani Municipal Stadium on Tuesday.

A brace from Papa Babacar Diawara (Thirty fifth and 56th) ensured Punjab FC all three factors regardless of a late aim by Vellington Fernandes (87th).

Indian Arrows made as many as six adjustments to the workforce after their loss to Actual Kashmir FC. Head coach Shanmugan Venkatesh introduced in Vibin Mohanan, Harsh Patre, Gurkirat Singh, Vellington Fernandes, Shreyas Ketkar, Ahaan Prakash and Gurpanthjeet Singh.

Punjab FC, then again, made two adjustments from their 2-0 victory over TRAU. Curtis Fleming introduced in Samad Ali Mallick in defence whereas handing Papa Diawara his debut.

The AIFF’s developmental facet put up an equal struggle within the midfield within the opening exchanges and because of this have been in a position to maintain Punjab FC far-off from their aim. Curtis Fleming’s facet got here near breaking the impasse within the sixteenth minute.

Bikash Yumnum’s lengthy throw was turned on to his personal crossbar by Tankadhar Bag. With the keeper Ahaan Prakash off his line, Chencho Gyeltshen tried an overhead kick however Tankadhar made up for his earlier error with an excellent goal-line clearance.

Indian Arrows had a golden alternative to open the scoring within the twenty ninth minute. Vibin launched Patre, who couldn’t ship his shot previous Punjab keeper Kiran Kumar Limbu.

A minute later, Punjab FC replied again with a chance of their very own, however Aahaan Prakash was alert and reached a lobbed go via the centre earlier than Papa Diawara might.

After alternatives got here for either side, the opener got here within the Thirty fifth-minute as Diawara introduced down Aphaoba Singh’s cross earlier than smashing it previous Ahaan Prakash within the Arrows aim.

Punjab FC stored on the lookout for a second aim in the direction of the tip of the primary half. Chencho’s dipping strike was palmed away brilliantly by Ahaan within the forty fourth minute.

Curtis Fleming’s facet continued attacking the Arrows aim after the restart. Papa Diawara virtually doubled the lead within the forty eighth minute, however his volley bounced simply extensive of Ahaan’s far publish.

The Senegalese striker virtually turned supplier within the 52nd minute, however his cross throughout the realm for Chencho was intercepted by Ahaan.

Punjab FC stored on knocking the Arrows defence and reaped rewards within the 56th minute. Joseba Beitia discovered Diawara, who powered his header from shut vary and doubled his facet’s lead.

Couple of minutes earlier than the ultimate whistle, Vellington Fernandes reached substitute Abdul Hannan’s cut-back cross, to tug a aim again.

Chennai beat Neroca

Former champions Chennai Metropolis FC dished out a medical attacking model of soccer to beat NEROCA FC 2-1.

Strikes from Vineeth Kumar (sixth minute) and Demir Avdic (68th) have been sufficient at hand Chennai Metropolis the win regardless of Subash Singh decreasing the deficit within the 79th minute.

With this win, Chennai Metropolis FC discover themselves within the prime half of the desk whereas NEROCA are nonetheless on tenth place.

Chennai Metropolis wasted no time in exhibiting their attacking intent however a fourth-minute effort by Vladimir Molerovic from a distance went inches over the bar. Nonetheless, the Chennai-based membership needed to wait simply two minutes after Molerovic’s try to take the lead.

ILeague 2021 Papa Babacar Diawara scores brace in Punjab FC win Chennai City beat NEROCA

Regardless of a late surge by their opponents, Chennai Metropolis’s defence held on to the result in seize full three factors. Twitter @ILeagueOfficial

Vineeth Kumar was discovered by an correct cross from Mohamed Iqbal from the left flank on the far publish. Vineeth’s diving header from a decent angle beat the opposition custodian as Chennai took a 1-0 lead.

The aim, which got here out of nowhere, jolted NEROCA and shortly after, makes an attempt by Demir Avdic of Chennai Metropolis have been stored out by Bishrojit Singh, who was examined on multiple event.

Nonetheless, NEROCA regrouped and began urgent increased up the pitch. Within the fifteenth minute, Subash Singh tried to dribble his well past the Chennai defence, however did not launch a strong shot.

NEROCA survived a scare on the 18th minute when defender Manjit Sharma’s free go for goalkeeper Bishrojit Singh was virtually latched upon by a lurking Demir Avdic. If Avdic had stolen possession, it will have been a easy aim for Chennai Metropolis.

Extra probabilities got here Chennai Metropolis’s approach to double their benefit. Within the twenty eighth minute, Rajesh’s cross discovered Vineeth contained in the field. This time, Vineeth tried to half-volley the cross, however his effort went extensive.

With Chennai Metropolis FC having the lion’s share of possession and creating probabilities at will, NEROCA relied on counter-attacks to check the opposition. Subash Singh wasted his shot within the thirty third minute and substitute Khaiminthang Lhungdim, shortly after, headed a Gobin Singh cross extensive of the aim.

NEROCA started to assault in droves within the second half however the Reward Raikhan-coached facet lacked creativity upfront, with Subash Singh principally remoted and unable to hyperlink play with Judah Garcia.

They have been dealt a blow within the 61st minute when Shoib Akhtar was despatched off for a rash deal with on Jockson Dhas.

Taking part in with 10 males, NEROCA conceded one other aim within the 68th minute when Demir Avdic discovered the online via a header from shut vary.

The Manipur-based membership resorted to lengthy balls and smashed them ahead in an try to discover a aim. The breakthrough got here within the 79th minute for NEROCA.

Garcia’s try from shut vary was heroically saved by the opposition goalkeeper, however the ball fell to Subash Singh, who smashed it house from a hand-shaking distance.

Regardless of a late surge by their opponents, Chennai Metropolis’s defence held on to the result in seize full three factors.

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