Calcutta: Jose Ramirez Barreto did it again! The Brazilian struck the winner in his second appearance, since returning from a calf-muscle injury, leading Bhowanipore Club to a 1-0 win over Mohammedan Sporting in the CFL Premier Division Super Nine tie, on Sunday.
Barreto had made his presence felt in his comeback game itself against Mohun Bagan, forcing his former club to settle for a 1-1 draw. This time around, with his teammates providing him with adequate support, Bhowanipore managed to secure full points at the Salt Lake Stadium, moving up to No. 3 in the table.
Importantly, the 18th-minute strike was Barreto’s 250th goal, which makes the occasion even more special.
Barreto’s countrymate Hudson Lima, playing a stellar role in the midfield, came up with a defence splitting through ball that found Barreto, who chipped the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper Somnath Khara to score the winner.
“I keep working hard in the same way which I used to during my days at Mohun Bagan. It’s my job to keep delivering for the team,” Barreto said.
“Credit, however, goes to the overall team effort. This victory certainly takes us to a good position in the tournament,” he added.
Bhowanipore, though, could certainly have increased the margin had Lima not squandered a sitter midway into the second half.
Arun Pandey charged down the left flank and centred for an unmarked Lima, who shot straight at Sporting stopperback Charles Dzisah, the only man guarding an open net.
Sporting, too, had their share of chances, but goalie Amit Singha Roy thwarted all attempts from Shin Hyojin and James Effiong to sum up the proceedings for Bhowanipore.