Pune FC and United SC share points at Pune


Airtel i-League 2013-14
01.12.2013
Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune
Pune FC 1-1 United SC
PFC: Nikhil Kadam(77th)
USC: K.Asif(84th)

Nikhil Kadam scored off a copybook defensive lapse, but Pune FC’s exuberance was short-lived when United SC shot back within five minutes and the two teams settled for 1-1 draw in the Round 12 match at the Balewadi Sports Complex stadium here on Sunday.

There was much at stake for Pune FC, who were tied on points with Bengaluru FC and Salgaocar FC. But Bengaluru scored a win and Salgaocar lost at home earlier in the day making it imperative for Pune FC to score a win, but it was not to be.
Pune FC in action against United SC,
Picture Courtesy: www.the-aiff.com

Given that the Airtel I-League football championship match was being specially recorded by the BBC for its upcoming series of documentaries on India, the Red Lizards had conjured up a sizable crowd to witness the match.

It all began well with Pune FC keeping ball in possession for most part and went into lead midway through the second half when Kadam chanced on a stray ball. But a fighting United SC equalized soon after when Pune FC’s defenders left a wide door open on the left of the goal post.

The draw meant the Pune FC move to the second spot with 19 points, two behind league leaders Bengaluru and one ahead of Salgaocar, who lost to Sporting Clube de Goa.

United SC went down one rung after Sporting climbed up to take No 4 position behind Salgaocar.

The match began with Douhou Peirre taking the ball upfront and setting up Kadam with a crisp through ball. Kadam, who rushed from the left and shot from inside the box, but United goalkeeper Ishan Debnath saved the attempt.

On the counter, Souvik Chakrabarty rushed from the left and sent blinder from the edge of the box, but Amrinder was well placed to collect it.

In the 16th minute, Ranti Martins threatened Pune FC post with a close-range header from Souvik’s chipped cross from the right, but yet against Amrinder saved the day for Red Lizards.

Then Gurjinder got a golden chance when he got clear and controlled the lod from Mumtaz Akhtar, but his shot was well saved.

After a barren but high-voltage first half, the crowd finally saw the ball rolling into the nets when Douhou sent a cross to Mustafa Riga into the clear, who tried to beat the goalkeeper in vain. Riga still stays on with the ball and on the run crossed it to Kadam, who just tapped in to score from a stray ball.

Five minutes later K Asif spoiled Pune FC’s party when he chanced on a rebound. Amrinder had saved Ranti’s attempt from range, but Souvik collected the rebound and sent a low cross for Asif, who rushed from left to find the equalizer.
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