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Indian Arrows go down to Salgaocar

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Gurgaon: Salgaocar SC kept their hopes live in the title race when they scored a 3-1 victory over Indian Arrows in a I-League encounter played at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Gurgaon here on Sunday.

Salgaocar’s Japanese recruit, Ryuji Sueoka bagged a brace , while Cajetan Fernandes scored the third goal before Holicharan Narzary pulled one back for the Desmond Bulpin coached side.

It was the home side, who took the control of the match and made numerous inroads in their opponent citadel. Against the run of the play, Sueoka put the visitors ahead in the match when he placed his right footer with ease after collecting a pass from Rocus Lamare from the centre in the 22nd minute.

The best chance of the first half for the Arrows came in the 32nd minute, when Lalrindika Ralte was brought down inside the box by Salgaocar defender Irungbam Meetei resulting in a penalty in favour of the home side. Lalrindika himself stood up and blasted it over the woodwork much to the despair of home crowds.

The half time score read 1-0.

Sueoka doubled his side lead in the 63rd minute before Holicharan Narzary gave some hopes to the home side with a superb strike from the top of the 18 yard box in the 80th minute. But the lady luck was totally on the Salgaocar's side as Cajetan Fernandes sealed the deal for when he headed in a Rocus Lamare corner down the wire.

Salgaocar leapfrogged at the top of the I-league table with 50 points from 24 matches, while Indian Arrows remained on 26 points from 25 matches.

The Indian Arrows coach wasn’t satisfied with his boy’s performance and said that,’’ We could have certainly done better having dominated the game. We had more shots on the goal than our opponent but failed to utilised the chances that came our way.’’

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