I-League: Manzi brace leads Mohammedan Sporting over Real Kashmir

Spanish forward Pedro Manzi's double strike earned Mohammedan Sporting a top-six entry while TRAU thumped Sudeva FC on Sunday.

Manzi saw opposition goalkeeper Mithun Simantha off his lines and struck from his own half to score the first goal in the 74 minute.   -  TWITTER/I LEAGUE

Spaniard forward Pedro Manzi’s brace propelled a 10-man Mohammedan Sporting to a 2-0 win over Real Kashmir FC and earned it a top-six spot in the Hero I-League at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Sunday.

It was a creditable performance by Sporting, which not only kept a clean sheet despite losing its captain Kingsley Eze to a red card in the 34 minute but also handed RKFC its first defeat of the season.

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Manzi saw opposition goalkeeper Mithun Simantha off his lines and struck from his own half to draw first blood in the 74 minute.

Five minutes later, Manzi headed in a cross off a counterattack to help Sporting gather 16 points from 10 outings.

RKFC collected 17 points.

Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) rallied to beat Sudeva Delhi FC 3-2 and assure itself of a top-six berth.

TRAU has 16 points from 10 matches, while Sudeva Delhi has nine from 10.

Aizawl blanks Chennai City 3-0

In another match, Aizawl FC blanked a 10-man Chennai City FC 3-0 at the Kalyani Stadium on Sunday.

Aizawl gathered 15 points from 10 matches to be seventh. CCFC, with nine points from 10 outings, was ninth.

CCFC received an early jolt as Lalmuanzova banked on Lijo Francis’s defensive error to shoot home in the sixth minute.

Five minutes later, CCFC woes compounded when its goalkeeper Kabir Toufik was sent off following a foul on an opposition player.

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Aizawl continued to dominate and doubled its lead in the 37th minute. R. Malsawmtluanga’s left-footer off a free-kick from just outside the box beat substitute custodian Prateek Kumar Singh.

Lalremsanga scored off a corner to widen the lead minutes after resumption.

CCFC had its chance to reduce the margin, but Vladimir Milerovic’s shot was brilliantly saved by Aizawl ‘keeper Lalmuansanga in the 55th minute.

The results:

At Salt Lake Stadium: Mohammedan Sporting 2 (Pedro Manzi 74, 79) bt Real Kashmir 0

At Kalyani Stadium: Aizawl FC 3 (Lalmuanzova 6, Malsawmtluanga 37, Lalremsanga 51) bt bt Chennai City FC 0

At Kalyani Stadium: TRAU 3 (Bidyashagar Singh 36, Phalguni Singh 55, Joseph Olaleye 82) bt Sudeva Delhi FC 2 (William Pauliankhum 17, Shubho Paul 41)