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Salgaocar victorious

Pune: Salgaocar edged past 10-man Pune FC 2-1 in an I-League match, at the Balewadi Sports Complex, on Friday.

Winger Gilbert Oliveira (38th minute) gave Salgaocar the lead before Riga Mustapha (56th) equalised from the penalty spot for Pune FC. Striker Daryll Duffy netted the winner in the 84th minute to seal the tie in the Goan club’s favour.

Pune FC played majority of the second half with ten men after medio Dhanpal Ganesh was shown a straight red card in the 54th minute.

Courtesy the win, Salgaocar remained in the second spot with 37 points from 22 matches. Despite the loss, Pune FC held on to the sixth place with 31 points from 21 games. Coach Mike Snoei made four changes to the team handing starts to Zohmingliana Ralte, Srikanth Ramu, Dhanpal Ganesh and Thongkhosiem Haokip.

Pune FC began the better of the two sides with winger Anthony D’Souza and attacker Riga forcing Salgaocar custodian Karanjit Singh into early saves.

At the other end, striker Dudu Omagbemi’s header from close range went over after the Nigerian did well to connect Freiman Peixoto.

Five minutes past the half-hour mark, Anthony did well to beat his marker on the edge of the box and chipped in a cross for Riga whose attempt was saved by the ’keeper.