Super Cup: Shillong Lajong beats FC Pune City in a thriller

Shillong Lajong rallied from 0-2 deficit to beat FC Pune City 3-2 in a thrilling match and book a quarterfinal spot in the inaugural Super Cup football tournament, here, on Wednesday.

Shillong Lajong made a remarkable recovery in the second half, which it dominated. (File Photo)   -  Twitter @lajongfc

Shillong Lajong rallied from 0-2 deficit to beat FC Pune City 3-2 in a thrilling match and book a quarterfinal spot in the inaugural Super Cup football tournament, here, on Wednesday.

The first half of the round of 16 match, played under heavy ground conditions at the Kalinga Stadium, was dominated by the Pune side, which led 2-1 at half time.

Jonatan Lucca put Pune in the lead via a stunning free-kick in the 17th minute before his captain Marcelinho made it 2-0 five minutes later. Abdoulaye Koffi pulled one back for Shillong Lajong in the 29th minute as three goals were scored in 12 minutes, despite the difficult ground conditions. There were puddles at several areas of the pitch.

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Shillong Lajong made a remarkable recovery in the second half which it dominated. Rakesh Pradhan restored parity in the 61st minute before Samuel scored the match-winner in the second minute of the added time.

Adding to the woes of the Pune side, its captain Marcelinho was sent off after getting his second yellow card, at the fag end of the match.

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