Aakraman makes dramatic comeback to take down Bengaluru FC
Gangtok, 29 Oct:
Home team Sikkim Aakraman Football Club impressed all today with a dramatic last-minute comeback after being two goals down for most of the match. The team took ISL club, Bengaluru Football Club [Reserve] to extra time and finally won the match 4-3 to enter the semi-finals of the ongoing 38th All India Governor’s Gold Cup International Football Tournament 2018 here at Paljor Stadium.
Bengaluru FC made a good start with continuous attacks on the home side and the first breakthrough came with a goal by Roshan Singh in the 23rd minute. Maintaining the same pressure on the opponent, Namgyal Bhutia soon doubled the lead of Bengaluru FC in the 27th minute.
Despite being down by two goals, Sikkim Aakraman players fought back hard and finally a goal by Eric in the 41st minute gave some relief to the home team.
Soon in the second half, Parag Shirvas extended the lead of Bengaluru FC to 3-1 in the 53rd minute. Undeterred, the home team fought back with constant attacks on the Bengaluru side and finally their hard work paid off with a goal by substitute, BijendraRai in the 73rd minute. Soon, Tempo Bhutia equalised the score in the 81st minute taking the match to a dramatic 3-3 draw.
The match was further extended for 20 minutes extra-time wherein both teams played neck-to-neck to take the lead. In the 99th minute, Dawa Lepcha headed a free-kick shot of Don Tshering Lepcha into the winning goal for Sikkim Aakraman FC.
With this close 4-3 victory, Sikkim Aakraman FC has entered the semi-final round of this tournament for the second time.
The last quarter-final match of the tournament will be played between Calcutta Customs and Manag Marsangdi Club, Nepal on Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.