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I-League Round 26 : Ten-man Pune FC go down 0-3 to Dempo SC.

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PFC : Amrinder, Calum, Gurjinder, Venkatesh, Mustapha, Pavlovic, Douhou, Ralte, Anas, Dhanpal, Anthony
DSC : Kattimani, Prabir, Amiri, Simon, Mandar, Pronoy, Jewel, Cliford, Alwyn, Holi, Tolgey.

89': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Dempo SC scored 3rd goal. Jeje scored the 3rd.
25': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Dempo SC scored 2nd goal by Amiri again..
20': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Dempo SC scored goal. Haroon Amiri scored for Dempo SC.


Ten-man Pune FC suffered a 0-3 loss to Dempo SC in a final round I-League encounter at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex, in Pune on Monday. A brace from Afghan defender Haroon Amiri (20th & 25th minute) put Dempo SC in the driver's seat before a late strike from substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua (90th) handed the visitors all three points.

The hosts played the second half with ten-men after defender Gurjinder Kumar was sent-off for a second bookable offense in the 55th minute.The loss meant Pune FC ended their I-League 2013-14 campaign in the seventh place with 29 points from 24 games, their lowest finish ever (7W – 8D – 9L).Coach Mike Snoei made three changes to the lineup handing starts to Shanmugam Venkatesh, Calum Angus and Douhou Pierre.

Pune FC dominated the opening quarter and created a couple of chances with playmaker Riga Mustapha going the closest from edge of box only to be denied by 'keeper Laxmikant Kattimani.Minutes later, Dhanpal Ganesh went close but his grounder on the run was blocked by the keeper after being set up by Mirjan. Twenty minutes in, Amiri put the visitors 1-0 up heading home Holicharan Narzary's cross in from the right.

Five minutes later, Amiri doubled the lead while completing his brace. Timing his run to perfection, the Afghan international nudged home Clifford Miranda's freekick in from the right flank from close range leaving Amrinder Singh helpless.Three minutes later, Calum Angus played a quick one-two with Douhou Pierre on the left while taking a corner. The Englishman then created space and let fly from the edge of the box only to be denied by Laxmikant Kattimani at the near post.

Moments later, Douhou went on a brilliant solo run carrying the ball from the Pune FC half and covering almost 40-yards. However, his attempt from 5-yards outside the box down the middle was wayward.In the 38th minute, Pune FC went agonisingly close. Riga set up Mirjan on the right but the Australian's effort from inside the box went inches wide at the far post.

Three minutes from the break, Douhou sent Mirjan through on the right inside the box. However, Mirjan's low attempt was blocked by the keeper and the stray ball was cleared before Anthony D'Souza could reach it.Pune FC made their first change bringing in Prakash Thorat for Ganesh after restart. The move instantly made impact as Prakash went close but his attempt from close range went wide.

Prakash was once again in action as went on a brilliant solo down the right before being brought down. However, Calum's freekick that followed deflected off the wall for a corner. The hosts were reduced to ten men a minute later as Gurjinder recieved his second booking after bringing down Alwyn George on a counter. Pune FC kept on pushing ahead and went close two minutes past the hour mark, but Riga's looping header on Anthony's cross was saved by the 'keeper.

Four minutes from time, Douhou cut in from the left and let fly from 25-yards out. The powerful shot was saved by Kattimani and the stray ball fell for substitute Thongkhosiem Haokip who blasted his effort over from three yards out.Into the final minute, substitute Jeje - on for Tolgay - tapped in from inside the box after some good interplay between Sanju Pradhan and Alwyn to hand Dempo a win.

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I-League PREVIEW : Pune FC hope to seal top-half finish; host Dempo SC. Pune FC will be eager to end their campaign on a high when they host Dempo SC in an I-League Round-26 encounter at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune on Monday. The final game of the season will be a crucial one for seventh-placed Pune FC (29 pts) as a win against sixth-placed Dempo SC (32 pts) will see them move up one place and maintain the club's history of finishing in the top half of the table.

Having dominated head-to-head against the five-time league champions in the past, Pune FC will look up to the prevailing record (6W – 2L – 3D) and hope to maintain it. Going into the game on the back of a historic 2-0 win over Hong Kong champions Kitchee SC, also the club’s first-ever continental win, Pune FC will be confident and motivated for a similar performance against the Goans. Furthermore, with influential players Douhou Pierre and Calum Angus back into the squad, Coach Mike Snoei expects his side to put on a show. Speaking after a pre-match session, Coach Snoei explained, "It is a do or die battle for us as we push to finish in the top half of the league table and maintain the club legacy."

"The result (2-0 win against Kitchee) was a confidence-booster, but we need to follow up the historic feat with a similar result. This is something I’ve constantly been reminding the players all week long," added the Dutchman. Visitors Dempo SC come into the game on the back of a 2-4 home loss to champions Bengaluru FC in the last week and a 1-1 draw against Mumbai FC early in April. On the other hand, Pune FC who were involved in a hectic schedule will be playing their seventh game in April.

Since the league resumed in February, Dempo SC have played a total of nine games out of which eight were at home. Moreover, the only ‘away’ game they played was against Churchill Brothers in Goa making the clash against Pune FC their first real away game in three months, something the hosts will hope to capitalise on. With Roberto Mendes da Silva "Beto" missing out, Dempo SC will be banking heavily on January recruit Tolgay Ozbey. The Australian striker has been in great form since switching loyalties from Mohammedan SC to Dempo and has netted eight times in seven league games.

Dempo’s backline will be marshalled by Australian Simon Colosimo and Afghan international Haroon Amiri, posing a massive challenge for the Pune FC strike-force led by Mirjan Pavlovic and Riga Mustapha. Over the years, both sides have faced each other eleven times with Pune FC boasting six wins against Dempo's two. Additionally, in four games at the Balewadi Stadium, Pune FC have logged two wins compared to Dempo's single win two years back.

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