SPORT-ISL-PUNE 2 LAST

first_imgFC Pune City looked to have relaxed on their lead far too FC Pune City looked to have relaxed on their lead far too early as Moura picked Rafael who strolled past a few orange shirts before smashing the ball at the back of Simonsen?s nets to score the 34th minute equaliser. Rafael?s mazy sprints kept the home team?s backline on their heels, but he unselfishly chose to pass the ball to Lucca in the 40thminute and the latter forced a save from Simonsen from outside the box. The corner Moura could have scored a fantastic curler from about 20 yards out which was tipped above his post by the Pune custodian. Lucca then went on to give FC Goa the lead in the 44th minute as he received a pass from Narayan Das and made space for himself before his rasping shot that was goal bound anyway took a wicked deflection off Johnson leaving Simonsen helpless in his area. Five minutes into the second half, Haokip was unlucky not to score as his attempt was blocked en route goal by Johnson after the Manipuri was fed by Moura at the edge of the box. As the battle intensified in the midfield, Zico was forced to make his first change in the 60th minute and the FC Goa tactician brought none other than former Pune City striker Dudu Omagbemi to replace the injured Rafael. Out of the blues, Lyngdoh?s from the right startled Kattimani at his near post. The FC Goa goalkeeper just about thwarted the shot wide for a corner in the 67th minute. Less than 10 minutes later, Mutu?s header off Shorey?s cross from the left grazed past the left post. The Goan shot stopper showed a good piece of reflex action as he kept out Arnolin?s deflection to Shorey?s flag kick in the 82ndminute. Kattimani once again held on to his nerves to get hold of a header by Tuncay Sanli, who had just replaced Zokora, off Bikash Jairu?s cross. In an attempt to seal the win, Moura received a pass from Dudu and tried to chip the ball over Simonsen who was a few yards off his line. However, the shot had a bit too much on it as it sailed over the bat in the 88th minute. A minute later, Romeo blasted a shot across the face of the goal, being found by Moura. It was still not over for Kattimani who produced two back to back incredible saves to deny Sanli and Manish Maithani in the dying minutes but that all changed when Mutu buried his left footed volley at the back of the net in literally the last minute of the five minutes of added time. PTI AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more