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I-League: Late leveller salvages point for Mohammedan SC against Sreenidi Deccan

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Mohammedan SC won a point against Sreenidi Deccan after coming back from two goals down. Sreenidi had established a cushion in the first half with two goals, but Mohammedan pulled through in the 74th- and 90th minutes to secure a point at final.

Sreenidi Deccan began on the front foot, winning a corner in the first minute. Although the set piece didn’t result in a goal, Sreenidi declared their attacking intent. Mohammedan went on the offensive and gained a position, but Nikola Stojanovic’s delivery was too deep.

Within ten minutes, the deadlock was broken when Arijit Bagui selected David Castaneda Munoz from the right with a stunning long ball. Castaneda calmly slotted home the ball after only eight minutes.

Mohammedan almost got level with Sk Faiaz but his efforts weren’t successful. Faiaz was identified by Manoj Mohammad’s cross. Brandon Vanlalremdika was involved in a promising play minutes later, but Marcus Joseph saw his effort go wide at near post.

Mohammedan was in dire straits when Sreenidi doubled his advantage at the end of the first half. Mohammedan was unable to gain possession of the ball in their own half. Lalromawia grabbed it and crossed low into Louis Ogana. Sreenidi took a decisive 2-0 lead when the Nigerian made no mistakes in tapping the ball in.

Aryan lamba was at the top his game when he made a crucial save that kept the cushion of two goals intact. Stojanovic kicked the ball towards Faiaz who ended up clashing the keeper. Andelo Rudovic was awarded the ball. A recovering Lamba saved his shot brilliantly. Ogana, at the other end, almost added another goal to the tally. However, his initial attempt was saved. The second hit the farpost and was rolled away for the goal-kick.

The pace of the game remained the same in the second period. Mohammedan wanted the game to be close while Sreenidi wanted another goal. Marcus Joseph struck a couple of venomous strikes towards goal but both were blocked by the Sreenidi defence � Arijit Bagui with one and Hamza Kheir with the other.

Mohammedan was awarded a few free kicks in the vicinity of the Sreenidi Box. Joseph’s attempt fell just north the bar. Stojanovic was the one who blasted wide the other set piece. Faiaz joined the fray as well, but his strike was deflected to a corner.

Mohammedan remained steadfast in their line-ups, despite multiple fluffings. Finally they were rewarded by the pedal. Mohammedan scored their opening goal in just 15 minutes. Stojanovic did a great job setting up Faisal Al Ali as the substitute. Stojanovic skillfully set up Faisal Ali as a substitute.

After the second-half cooling off, momentum was lost. The defense of Sreenidi Deccan dealt well with the Mohammedan attack pressure. Poor finishing did not make it a threat, no matter what Mohammedan throw at them.

The defensive wall of Sreenidi Octcan was eventually toppled in the 90th minutes. Stojanovic rolled the ball from a corner into the box. Sujit Sadhu rose within the box to place the ball in the net. Mohammedan SC was level at 2-0.

Mohammedan was unable to turn the fixture around in six minutes so he settled for one point. Sreenidi looked set to walk out with all three points. But they had to settle only for one point.

Mohammedan SC’s title hopes were greatly affected by the draw. They are now second in the table, six points behind leaders Gokulam Kerala. They could have moved up to third with a win, but they remain fourth, one point behind RoundGlass Punjab.

Result: Sreenidi Deccan 2. (David Castaneda 8., Louis Ogana 26’); Mohammedan SC2. (Faisal Ali 7’, Sujit Sadhu 91’)

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