I-League: Indian Arrows rally from behind twice to draw with Aizawl FC

first_imgIndian Arrows showed immense spirit against defending champions Aizawl FC as they came from behind twice to draw 2-2 in their Hero I-League match at the Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Friday.The young unit of India U17s and U19s showed their quality and fightback once again to stun the 10-men Aizawl, who are now sixth on the I-League table with 18 points from 14 matches.Edmund Lalrindika, who was given a start by coach De Matos today courtesy his impactful substitute performance in their last match against Churchill Brothers, further strengthened his position today.Having being given the task of leading the line in place of Aniket Jadhav, Lalrindika did not disappoint and found the back of the net for Indian Arrows’ first goal of the day.With the win, Arrows are now placed eighth in the table with 15 points from 16 games and sit above Gokulam and Chennai City, who have played 13 and 15 games respectively.Aizawl’s new coach Santosh Kashyap had promised to go out all for a result and decided to bring in David Lalrinmuana and C. Lalrosanga in place Syhlo Malsawmtluanga and F. Liandala Senawere.Aizawl began the match with intent, going forward with solid attack on the Arrows defence. Courtesy the pressure, Masih Saigani put Aizawl ahead in the 40th minute.Even as the Arrows went into the break trailing 1-0, they reacted strongly and scored in the 48th minute of the match.Right-back Asish Rai put through a brilliant cross from the right towards Edmund, who dribbled past two defenders, created space for himself and curled in a shot past Aizawl goalkeeper Avilash Paul.advertisementHowever, Aizawl went up once again in the 54th minute when Dodoz got a soft touch on Albert Zohmingmawia’s low cross in the box and beat Prabhusukhan Gill from three yards out.It was Aizawl’s inability to keep up their intensity towards the end that gave Arrows the chance to force the draw.In the 87th minute, Lalrosanga clumsily brought down Rahul KP inside the box and gifted a penalty to the young Arrows. Along with that, he received his second yellow card and left Aizawl with 10 men on the field.Arrows captain Amarjit Singh stepped up to take the penalty and struck the ball over the diving Paul to make it 2-2.Aizawl will next face their Northeastern rivals Shillong Lajong on February 19 while the Arrows will have ample rest before they face Aizawl once more in the reverse fixture on February 23.last_img

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