I-League 2021: Pedro Manzi’s brace helps Mohammedan Sporting finish Actual Kashmir’s unbeaten run, safe top-six end
Mohammedan Sporting with 16 factors from 10 video games have now ensured a top-six end.
Kolkata: Pedro Manzi’s brace — a long-range stunner, and a header — helped a 10-man Mohammedan SC beat Actual Kashmir FC 2-0 in an I-League match on Sunday.
That is Actual Kashmir’s first defeat within the match whereas Mohammedan Sporting with 16 factors from 10 video games have now ensured a top-six end.
After skipper Kingsley Eze was despatched off within the first half, Pedro proved to be the trump card for Mohammedan as he scored two objectives within the area of 5 minutes within the second half to guide the Black Panthers into prime half.
Regardless of dominating possession for a lot of the primary half, a listless efficiency within the attacking division let Mohammedan SC down once more, within the first half.
Even new recruit Maanzi couldn’t work his magic in a half the place Mohammedan had nearly 80 per cent ball possession.
The Black Panthers may solely muster half-chances and Vanlalbiaa Chhangte proved to be a live-wire within the last third.
His shot within the sixteenth minute got here agonisingly near handing Mohammedan the lead after he was launched onto aim by Manzi. Nevertheless, Chhangte, from a really tight angle, may solely assist it away from the aim.
In the meantime, Actual Kashmir loved sitting deep and tried to assault via lengthy balls for Lukman Adefemi and Mason Robertson up entrance.
The Snow Leopards, boasting the most effective defensive data within the league, performed as if that they had shut-shop for any Mohammedan assault, comfortably holding their opponents at bay.
Chhangte as soon as once more got here shut within the twenty fifth minute after Rahman’s free-kick looped over the Actual Kashmir defensive position and located an on-side Chhangte.
The ahead went for the spectacular within the type of a bicycle kick however did not power the goalkeeper into conceding.
Nevertheless, one lengthy ball from the Actual Kashmir defence turned the sport round within the thirty fourth minute when Lukman Adefemi, straight onto the aim, was hacked down by Kingsley Eze. Eze was proven a straight pink card because the Black Panthers had been lowered to 10-men.
Actual Kashmir may have taken the lead within the added time of the primary half, however Adefemi’s via ball to Mason Robertson within the field was intercepted heroically by Rahman.
After the half-time scoreline learn goalless, the Snow Leopards got here out from the tunnel spurred and nearly took the lead within the forty eighth minute.
Ralte’s cross from the flank discovered an unmarked Pawan Kumar within the again put up, however Pawan may solely head it into the facet netting as Mohammedan survived.
Within the 61st minute, a half-chance for Haroon Amiri was saved effectively by the opposition custodian, after the defender tried a half volley on the flip from contained in the field.
The very best probability of the match fell to Manzi within the seventieth minute. After Actual Kashmir’s goalkeeper had made an uncanny save from an extended shot, the ball fell to Manzi who was inches away from the aim. Regardless of having a transparent shot on the aim, he went for the spectacular and missed from shut vary.
However all it took for Manzi was a second of pure genius to announce his return as he exorcised his miss earlier than.
In a deja vu of his aim within the 2018-18 version of the Hero I-League when he was taking part in for Chennai Metropolis FC, Manzi as soon as once more delivered a aim for the spotlight reels.
The ahead noticed the opposition goalkeeper off his strains and shot from inside his personal half handy Mohammedan the lead within the 74th minute.
Within the 79th minute, Manzi headed residence from shut vary after a cross from the appropriate flank discovered him unmarked contained in the field.
With a two-goal benefit, Mohammedan dedicated our bodies in protection and ultimately pulled off a miracle because the full-time scoreline learn 2-0 within the Black Panther’s favour.
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