Katusmi hits a brace to give Neroca 3-2 win over Indian Arrows

Yusa scored in the 68th and 87th (penalty) minutes while Felix Chidi (38th) was the other goal scorer for Neroca.

Neroca FC player Katsumi Yusa (No.10) celebrates after scoring his side's third goal against Indian Arrows at Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Katsumi Yusa scored a brace to help Neroca FC register a 3-2 win over Indian Arrows in an I-League match played at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday. Yusa scored in the 68th and 87th (penalty) minutes while Felix Chidi (38th) was the other goal-scorer for Neroca.

Boris Thangjam (34th) and Rohit Danu (62th) were the goal-scorers for Indian Arrows.

Neroca enjoyed better possession throughout the game. The Manipur-based side had some fine attempts, but a goal eluded them due to lack of good finishing.

The Arrows, which was trying hard to come back into the game, kept on penetrating with attacks on the counter but could not really succeed in doing that.

The efforts, however, were soon rewarded when Boris made the most of an opportunity and converted a cross from the right side to fire in a goal for Indian Arrows in the 34th minute. This was also the 200th goal of the I-League this season.

Neroca soon found the equaliser four minutes later through Chidi. The game thereafter opened up a bit and both sides were attacking in short bursts but neither of them could convert any of the chances that came their way. The first half ended 1-1.

In the second half, a defensive error cost Neroca dear as they conceded a goal in the 62nd minute.

Rohit Danu made the most of the situation as he dispossessed the Neroca center-back and showed his alertness as he comfortably found the back of the net to regain the lead for Indian Arrows.

However, the Imphal side, which finished runner-up last season, yet again found an equaliser through a brilliant header from Yusa in the 68th minute. The Japanese was given time and space in the Arrows penalty area and he headed past the opposition goalkeeper off a cross from the right flank.

The game thereafter saw Neroca creating many chances but it was unable to find the lead until the 87th minute when a handball inside the Arrows box saw the visiting team being awarded a penalty kick.

Yusa made no mistake in finding the back of the net to seal the match for his side.