New Delhi: Mohammedan Sporting reached the Durand Cup final after 21 long years, defeating Mumbai Tigers 3-1, here, on Monday.
The 250-odd Mohammedan Sporting fans, who were present at the Ambedkar Stadium, rushed inside the ground soon after the final whistle to congratulate the players. The last time Mohammedan Sporting reached the Durand Cup final was in 1992, where they lost to JCT.
Barring a 20-minute spell in the first half, the Calcutta outfit dominated for most parts of the encounter and emerged deserving winners. They took the lead as early as in the second minute and never allowed the rivals to make a comeback.
Samson Singh was the first to strike when his free kick from 22 yards deflected off M Pradeep and found the corner of the net much to the dismay of goalkeeper T.P. Rehenesh.
Thereafter, the Mumbai team pressed hard for the equaliser. With Brazilian defender Luciano Sabrosa not at his best, defence became an area of concern for Mohammedan Sporting.
For Mumbai Tigers, Paresh Shivalkar, Pradeep and Bikash Jhairu combined well to initiate several attacks through the right flank.