VYBK Football Ground at 3 P.M
TWO BACK TO BACK PENALTIES SAVE THE DAY FOR BENGALURU FC
What was ideally thought to be a dead rubber turned out to be one of the most interesting matches in this edition of the Durand Cup. Both Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC, having been eliminated already, faced off against one another, desperate for a victory to sign off.
Barely 2 minutes into the match, Vimal Kumhar netted a goal by a simple tap in, to give Jamshedpur FC a lead of 1-0. Bengaluru FC consolidated their attack but unluckily for them, the ball would invariably hit the crossbar. They finally got a breakthrough when Leon Augustine scored the much needed equaliser just a few seconds before half-time whistle at the 45th minute.
In the second half, Jamshedpur FC struck again, at the 52nd minute, this time off the boots of Aakash Dave. JFC furthered the lead in the 80th minute when Nabin Rana scored the 3rd goal for his team.
When a few extra minutes were flashed as injury time after 90 minutes of play, spectators at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan knew that Jamshedpur FC would finally taste victory. Things changed in a few seconds when Leon Augustine was brought down by Billu Teli inside the box. The referee awarded Bengaluru FC a penalty and Suresh Singh Wangjam made no mistake in converting that at 90+2. The scoreboard read 3-2, still in favour of Jamshedpur FC.
Moments after that, Leon Augustine was again brought down inside the box, this time by the JFC goalie Amrit Gope and BFC was awarded yet another penalty. Suresh Singh Wangjam scored again, at 90+4, thus levelling the score in a thrilling battle. A couple of seconds later, with the final whistle, the scoreboard displayed 3-3.
Meanwhile, Quess East Bengal, the group topper, have already qualified for the semis where they will face Gokulam Kerala FC on August 21 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.