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Mohammedan knock out defending champ Gokulam to reach Durand semis

Once a Malabarian but now firmly a Black Panther, it was Marcus Joseph who broke Gokulam hearts by scoring the match-winner for Mohammedan in the 44th minute.

By: Sports Desk |
September 23, 2021 5:56:01 pm
Mohammedan's Marcus Joseph wheels off after scoring the only goal of the match against Gokulam (Durand Cup)

Local favourites Mohammedan Sporting Club reached the 130th Durand Cup semi-finals, winning 1-0 to knock out the defending champions Gokulam Kerala in front of a limited capacity home crowd at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK).

Once a Malabarian but now firmly a Black Panther, it was Marcus Joseph who broke Gokulam hearts by scoring the match-winner for Mohammedan in the 44th minute.

Under head coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese, Gokulam have built a reputation for being a free-scoring team. They were the highest goal scorers in the group stage with 10 goals. However, against Mohammedan, their midfield and attack appeared toothless.

Chances were few and far in-between with the deadlock broken in the 44th minute as a result of a Mohammedan counter-attack.

At the other end, Bouba had a goal flagged offside only a minute earlier but as is often the nature of the game, Trinidadian Joseph capped off an excellent move to hand the home side the advantage.

Gokulam did very little to alter the outcome in the second half but with the margin just being one goal, the final few minutes were intense. Mohammedan did enough to hold on and reach the next stage.

They will now face FC Bengaluru United in their semi-final tie on 27th September at the VYBK. The I-League 2nd division side have received a bye to the last four, after their quarter-final opponents Army Red Football Team pulled out of the tournament owing to Covid cases.

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