In the 130th edition of the Durand Cup which is India’s prestigious football tournament, Hyderabad took over Assam Rifles while Gokulam Kerala and Army Red played a draw. Here is a recap of Durand Cup latest football match. Indian Super League (ISL) team Hyderabad FC started their campaign with a bang in the Durand Cup football tournament by thrashing Assam Rifles 5-0 at the Mohun Bagan Athletic Club ground on Sunday.
The defeat ended Assam Rifles’ chances of reaching the knockout stage of the tournament. Abdul Rabeeh (7th), Chhangte (18th), Rohulpuia (21st), and Arun Kabarbaum (27th minute) scored for Hyderabad to put the team 4-0 ahead at half time. Chhangte scored the fifth goal on a free kick in the 87th minute.
Earlier in the match played at Kalyani Stadium, defending champions Gokulam Kerala could not start their campaign on a positive note and were forced to draw 2-2 in the match against Army Red due to missing several chances. Army Red is still on top in Group D with four points. Gokulam started well with a spectacular 9th minute field goal from Ghana’s Rahim Osumanu but he could not put pressure on Army Red.
For Army, P Jain scored the equalizing goal in the 30th minute while Bikash Thapa gave it the lead in the 43rd minute. For Gokulam, Sharif Mohamed scored a penalty in the 70th minute to level the score. Both the teams got off to a good start but Gokulam was able to take the lead early on from Rahim’s goal but Army Red got the upper hand due to Jain’s goal. Thapa’s goal gave the Reds a 2-1 lead at half time.
Gokulam took an aggressive approach in the second half. His captain Sharif Mohamed had a great chance to score in the middle but his shot hit the crossbar. However, when Gokulam got a penalty, Sharif skillfully converted it into a goal. Gokulam tried his best to score in the last minute. He also got opportunities but he could not take advantage of them.
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