Durand Cup: FC Goa edge out Bengaluru FC in sudden death to reach finals
Kolkata, West Bengal - India - September 29, ANI : FC Goa eked out a narrow 7-6 victory after a sudden-death tie-breaker over Bengaluru FC, BFC - to make it to their maiden Durand Cup final in a gripping second semi-final played at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, VYBK, in Kolkata on Wednesday evening.The game ended 2-2 after extra time. They now come up against local favourites Mohammedan Sporting, MDSP, in the final of the 130th edition of the iconic tournament, Asia's oldest and the world's third oldest. Coincidentally both the semi-finals ended the same way after 90 minutes.Christy Davis took the deciding spot-kick in sudden death which saw the Gaurs through as DamaitphangLyngdoh missed for BFC, after both teams were tied 4-4 after the first five stipulated spot-kicks.For Goa, the scorers in the shoot-out were AibanbhaDohling, Sanson Pereira, Leander D'Cunha, Edu Bedia, Papuia and MakanChothe, besides Christy. For BFC the ones to score were Muirang, Ajay Chhetri, Parag Satish, NamgyalBhutia, Ajith Kumar and BekeyOram. The one's to miss out were Redeem Tlang for Goa and Akashdeep Singh and Lyngdoh for Bengaluru.In regulation time Devendra Murgaokar and Redeem Tlang had scored in each half for the Gaurs while Siva Sakti got both goals for BFC.Goa gaffer Juan Ferrando went into the game with a five-man back line, probably insurance for the fact that he was missing key players like Brandon Fernandez, Glan Martins and Sertion Fernandez, all now on India duty.Naushad Moosa, the BFC coach was the more enterprising, opting for a three-man forward line and going in without a central mid-fielder.