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I-League: United SC beat defending Champions Churchill Brothers at home.

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USC : Ishant, Deepak, Anupam, Bello, Dhanachandra, Asif K, Souvik, Veeneth, Baldeep, Eric, Ranti.
CB : Arindam, Denzil, Ravanan, Hammad, Raju Y, Alesh, Lenny, Micky, Balan, Hugo, Balwant.
REFEREE : Vishnu Chowhan (Gujrat)

FT United SC win the match beat defending Champions Churchill Brothers 3-2.
-- VIneeth CK of United SC has got the Man of the Match award
90': 3 minute added time.
90': Now the scoreline is 3-2 for United.
88': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL United score another again through Ranti Martins.
85': Now the scoreline is 2-2.
78': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL United EQualized through Ranti from Bello's cross.
62': Now the scoreline is 2-1 for Churchill Beothers.
57': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Vineeth reduced margin from acorner kick of Bello.
55': Churchill is leading 2-0.
48': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Balwant Singh score 2nd goal for Churchill Brothers.
46': Starts of 2nd half match.
HT : Upto Half time Churchill Beothers is leading 1-0.
45': Churchill TD Subhash Bhowmick in the field.
45': 2 minute added time.
42': USC PLAYER CHANGE : Baldeep out and Jayanta in.
40': Churchill is leading 1-0.
26': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Balwant Singh score goal from Alesh's pass for Churchill Brothers.
22': Another Chance to United but missed by Vinith from a close.
20': No score yet in the match.
12': A good shot of Ranti from out side of CB box went to Churchill Keeper's hand.

I-League: Shillong Lajong FC 2-1 Mohammedan Sporting.

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SLFC : Ulliams (32'-pen), 72'
MSC : Joshimar 40'
SLFC : Vinay, Passah, Minchol Son, Jibon Singh, Lallawmzuala, Milan, Hmar, Haokip, Tuboi, Uilliams, Subash.
MSC : Ashok, Sandip, Collin, Luciano, Fulchad, penn, Isfaq, Paite, Mashi, Josimar, Tolgey.

SLFC PRESS RELEASE : Shillong Lajong FC got their first home win of the season after they beat Mohammedan Sporting by a score line of 2-1. The match ended in Lajong's favour after a thrilling encounter and a brilliant display from Brazilian striker Uilliams Souza Silva who scored both the goals for the home side and Josimar scoring for Mohammedan.

The game started out well for Mohammedan after they got possession and created chances. The game then shifted in Lajong's favour after they launched a lot of attacking displays and cutting through Mohammedan's weak defensive line. In the thirty second minute, a handball inside the box left referee Rabi chandra no choice but to award the home side a penalty. Uilliams continued his scoring touch after he successfully converted the penalty giving his side the added advantage.

The home team started the game without the services of Trinidad and Tobago striker Cornell Glen and Japanese midfielder Taisuke Matsugae but were firing in all cylinders to ensure that Lajong get their first home win. Mohammedan Sporting had the dangerous duo of Tolgay Ozbey and Josimar upfront and Josimar did not make any mistake as Mohammedan Sporting found their equaliser five minutes before halftime after a defensive mistake from Lajong which was capitalised by the Brazilian striker.

Mohammedan had Luciano Sabrosa back from injury to strengthen the defense but it was Lajong's captain Minchol Son who took esponsibility, breaking Mohammedan's attacks. The first half ended with both teams going into the break with an even score line.

Second half started with much of the spark from the first half being carried along as both the teams looked dangerous. It took Lajong seventy six minutes into the game to find their second goal after a brilliant curler from Brazilian striker Uilliams. A throw in found Uilliams on the right flank, cutting inside Mohammedan's penalty area to curl a left footed shot that went past Mohammedan Sporting's goalkeeper Ashok Singh into the back of the net.

Lajong coach Thangboi Singto brought on Jacob for Lalramluaha in the forty sixth minute and got Shillong Lajong's young sensation Redeem Tlang's second I-League appearance as he came on for Tuboi in the sixty second minute. Mohammedan Sporting also made changes bringing on Israil Gurung for Isfaq Ahmed in the fifty sixth minute, Ajay Singh on for Khangtang Paite in the sixty sixth minute and Manish Maithani on for Sandeep Sangha in the eightieth minute.

The visitors could not find much reason to get back in the lead as most of the ball was with the hosts even after the Kolkata side went behind. The Reds created a lot of chances after even being in the lead when Subash tapped his shot over the goalkeeper but it was cleared off the line.

At the final whistle, Lajong emerged victorious with their first home win and valuable three points. With this win, Lajong now are in the sixth position with twelve points from eight games and Mohammedan Sporting slipped to ninth position with seven points from seven games.

I-League: Pune FC checked by Sporting Clube, end unbeaten run.

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02.11.2013: SPORTING GOA   2-0   PUNE FC (PUNE-FT)
SCG : Victorino Fernandez 54', Pratesh Shirodkar 90+4'

PUNE FC PRESS RELEASE : Ten-man Pune FC were handed their first loss of the season by Sporting Clube de Goa 0-2 in an I-League Round-8 encounter at the Duler Stadium in Mapusa, Goa on Saturday. Second-half strikes from striker Victorino Fernandes (54th minute) and medio Pratesh Shirodkar (90+4th) handed the Goans full points. The win also snapped Pune FC's 10-match (five from the previous season) unbeaten run.

Pune FC was reduced by a man after goalkeeper Amrinder Singh was sent off for a second bookable offence in final quarter of the second half. The keeper's first booking came after he delayed taking a goalkick and subsequently when he left his charge in a desperate bid to rectify a soft back pass by skipper Anas Edathodika and instead brought down substitute Velito D'Cruz in a one-to-one situation in the 22-yard area. The result meant Pune FC slipped to fourth as Sporting leapfrogged them into the third place on head-to-head as both teams now have 13 points.

Coach Mike Snoei made three changes to the starting lineup bringing in Dhanpal Ganesh, Velington Rocha and Riga Mustapha in place of Anthony D'Souza, Nikhil Kadam and Thongkhosiem Haokip. The visitors, restricted mostly to their half in the opening quarter, at times did well to work themselves ahead only to fall short. The Goans, in contrast, went close on a couple of occasions. Sporting's striker Victorno Fernandes and defender Arturo Navarro having their moments in the first twenty minutes.

In fact, Arturo's attempt was the closest. Off a Rojen Singh's free-kick from the left, Arturo did well to connect goalward at the second post, which Amrinder kept out. The rebound that ensued,was chased by Kalu who backheeled needing another alert save which Amrinder came on tops again. Mid-way into the half, Pune FC suffered their first set-back in the match. Defender Calum Angus was stretchered out and was replaced by youngster Salam Ranjan Singh who made his debut.

At the other end, Pune FC went close. Playmaker Douhou Pierre did well to find Othallo Tabia on the right who crossed in for Riga. The debutant striker, however, was denied by the Sporting goalkeeper who won a foul instead owing to a full body contact. Pune FC kept pushing forward but finishing in the final third let them down. They once again went close in the 38th minute through Riga who was crowded out inside the box after some good work by defender Tabia, midfielders Ganesh and Rocha on the right.

Both teams went into the break tied at goalless, but not before Pune FC survived a close call when Arturo volleyed A Cajetan cross from the left onto the horizontal. Nine minutes after restart, the hosts took the lead off a set piece that Sporting earned when Dhanpal Ganesh brought down Victorino on the left. Shirodkar found Rowllin Borges on the right who sent it wide to Arturo. The Spaniard, finding himself in the clear, passed across the goal-mouth which Victorino slotted home.

Pune FC suffered their second setback when Keeper Amrinder received his second booking, which added up as a disadvantage as by then Pune FC had already made three substitutions Ranjan (for Calum), Haokip (for Rocha) and Shanmugam Venkatesh (for Ganesh). As a result Anas donned the role of makeshift goalkeeper for a little over 10 minutes of regulation time.

Pushing hard Pune FC thereafter, did well to work deep into the Sporting half but fell short. Into injury time, medio Arata Izumi went on a great run on the left and sent in a low cross inside the Sporting box to Riga who was denied by a solid block by skipper Matthew Gonsalves. At the other end, Sporting scored their second through Shirodkar two minutes later. The playmaker scored past make-shift keeper Anas after being set up by Borges from the right.The loss was Pune FC's second in four meetings in Goa.

I-League: Climax Lawrence scores at the death Mumbai FC secure a draw.

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02.11.2013: MUMBAI FC   2-2   BENGALUTU FC (PUNE-FT)
BFC :Sean Rooney 8', Hashmatullah Mohamed Jan 10'
MFC : Sunil Chhetri 58', Climax Lawrance 90+5'

MFC PRESS RELEASE : A ten-man Mumbai FC came back from a goal down twice to hold Bengaluru FC 2-2 in an I-League Round 8 encounter at the Balewadi Sports Complex, in Pune on Saturday. The game was marred by few controversial decisions by Referee Pranjal Banerjee which included a sending off and a soft penalty decision which went against the hosts.

Bengaluru FC went up through striker Sean Rooney (8th minute) before new-signing Hashmatullah Mohamed Jan (10th) equalised for Mumbai FC. The hosts were then reduced to ten men after medio Ashutosh Mehta was shown a straight red in the 36th minute. The visitors once again took the lead through striker Sunil Chhetri (58th) off a penalty-kick before medio Climax Lawrence equalised for Mumbai FC right at the death.

With this draw, Mumbai FC ended their three game losing streak and move up to ninth in the table with seven points from eight games while the visitors move up to second (14 pts). Coach Khalid Jamil made five changes to the team bringing in Nidhin Lal, Dane Periera and Subhas Chakraborty while handing debuts to new signings Afghan internationals Hashmatulla and Ahmad Arash Hatifie.

Mumbai FC went on the offensive from the word go. New-signing Hashmatullah went close in the opening minute on a counter, but saw his weak header being collected by the Bengaluru FC custodian. A minute later, medio Climax Lawerence almost gave Mumbai FC the lead only for his freekick from 22-yards out to hit the woodwork. Hashmatullah once again went close with his header off Subhas Chakraborty's cross in from the right going inches over.

However it was the visitors who took the lead against the run of play. Striker Rooney tapped in Beikhokhei Beingaichho's low cross from the right leaving the hosts' keeper Nidhil Lal helpless. At the other end, Mumbai FC equalised almost instantly. Hashmatullah's attempt from 25-yards out ended in the net after a wicked deflection from Bengaluru FC defender N.S. Manju two minutes later.

The hosts then dominated proceedings but finishing in the final third let them down. Six minutes past the half hour mark, Ashutosh received his marching orders after a foul on Siam Hangal. The harsh decision changed the script of the game as Bengaluru FC began to dominate. Couple minutes later, Rooney's powerful freekick from the edge of the box was saved by Nidhin.

Both teams went into the break tied at 1-1. Coach Jamil brought in attacker Jayesh Rane in place of the injured Subhas after the break. However, the hosts were forced to defend being a man down. The visitors made their man advantage count as they took the lead in the 58th minute. After an apparent handball by Jayesh inside the box, the referee awarded a soft penalty to Bengaluru FC. Chhetri stepped up to convert from the spot.

The hosts thereafter kept pushing for the equaliser which they finally got in the dying moments of the game. On a corner, medio Climax won the ball in a melee inside the eight-yard box and somehow beat the keeper to spark wild celebrations in the home crowd. Man of the Match: John Menyongar (Bengaluru FC)