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Aizawl win Federation Cup inaugural
Sportslogon Team May 7th 2017

Bhubaneswar : I League champion Aizawl FC maintained their supremacy , conceding two goals in the first half , they bounced back in style to win over Chennai FC by 3-2 goals in the opening day of the Federation Cup at Barabati Stadium in Sunday.

The southern side looked so composed and brilliant on the ball in the beginning. Chennai lead through Charles de Souza. Fine square pass from Nandhakumar and the Brazilian collects it calmly and deposits it past Albino in the 14th minute. A mix-up at the back and Edwin Vanspaul was there to drift right and chip the ball angling over Aizawal goalkeeper Albino Gomes. The score board read as 2-0 for Chennai.

After the lemon breaks, Mahmoud Al Amna finishes a counter-attack with precision in the 53rd minutes and created hope for the Aizawal. The Reds were back into the game with Jayesh Rane's equalizer in the 62nd minute.

Laldanmawia Ralte who cemented the winning goal while he received a brilliant pass from the left winger Kamo Bayi in the 81st minute and took away the match from Chennai.

The I-League champs pull off a stupendous comeback from two goals down as they lead Group A with three points. East Bengal, Churchill Brothers SC and Chennai City FC follow them suit on the table.

We never give up the match in any point of time, racing from the back gathering three points is a matter of satisfactions. We made few changes in the second half and all the boys up their best and the result is different. The players are believing on themselves that the big motivation for our team. In the next match we are going to meet Churchill Brothers, they are also a good team, said Aizawl coach Khalid Jamilis.

We were put a better show in the first half, but the tactical change made by Aizawl team by putting their midfielder Jayesh Rane in the forward place has been clicked and they scripted a win. We will make our correction soon as it’s the starting of the tournament, said Chennai City coach Soundararajan V. .
This news was added and updated on : May 8th 2017
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