New Delhi: It was the day of the underdogs at the 115th Pepsi Durand Cup football tournament on Friday. While rusty and predictable Mohammedan Sporting were held 1-1 by a spirited Tata Football Academy (TFA) in a group A league match, in group C Vasco Sports Club, Goa, were upset 0-1 by Army XI.
After the dayís matches both Vasco and TFA have been eliminated from the tournament. Mohammedan Sportingís display today was as gloomy as the weather. Their defence was shaky, midfield inconsistent and approach play predictable. Also skipper Hussein Mustafi was shown the red card (two yellows) in the 89th minute and will miss the tie against JCT on Sunday.
In the fourth minute, Reazulís down-the-line pass split the TFA defence. Syed Rahim Nabi flicked over advancing the custodian and was helped in by Seriki. A minute before half time TFA equalised through Sumit Thapa .
Mohammedan Sporting: Prasanta Dora(Imran Khan 22), Reazul Musatfi, Insan ali, Hussain Mustafi (captain), Amandeep Singh, Syed Rahim Nabi, Amit Das, Habib Adekunle, Khemtang Paite (Arjan Ali 56), Abdulateef Seriki, Dipendu Biswas.
TFA: Subroto Pal, Noaba Singh, Habibur Rehman Mondal (captain), Gurpreet Singh, Subhash Mondal, Debabroto Roy, Jerry Zirsanga, Gouramangi Moirangten, Chitrasen Chandan Singh, Sumit Thapa and Malswama.
Referee: Ashokan (SSCB).