I-League: Indian Arrows stuns Churchill Brothers

Substitute Abhijit Sarkar scored two injury-time goals in as many minutes as Indian Arrows rallied to pull off a stunning 2-1 victory over Churchill Brothers in the I-League on Saturday.

Sarkar struck in the first (90+1) and third minute (90+3) of added time at the Tilak Maidan Stadium.   -  S. Ramesh Kurup

Substitute Abhijit Sarkar scored two injury-time goals in as many minutes as Indian Arrows rallied to pull off a stunning 2-1 victory over Churchill Brothers in the I-League here on Saturday.

Sarkar struck in the first (90+1) and third minute (90+3) of added time at the Tilak Maidan Stadium.

Dawda Ceesay had scored a first-half opener before a brace from Sarkar sealed three points for Indian Arrows.

Arrows coach Luis Norton de Matos made two changes to his side as Nongdamba Naorem and Princeton Rebello came into the starting lineup.

Match-winner Sarkar did not start the game and Raheem Ali was omitted due to an injury. Kalu Ogba replaced Bektur Talgat in what was the only change made by Alfred Fernandes to his team.

Naorem threated in the eighth minute when he picked up Tangri’s pass. His curler forced a very good save from James Kithan who dived to his left to keep the ball out.

Despite the early threat from Arrows, it was Churchill which broke the deadlock through Ceesay. Nicholas Fernandes surged forward with the ball and delivered an accurate cross into the box from the left flank, which was easily nodded in by an unmarked Ceesay.

As the match entered the injury time, Sarkar equalised with a right-footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner off a Borish Thangjam assist. He then scored the all-important goal two minutes later.

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