Obagbemiro's brace spurs Clube de Goa

Obagbemiro's brace spurs Clube de Goa

Sporting, who dominated the first half, scored through Junior Obagbemiro (44th, 88th) and Adil Khan (57th) to notch up their second win in the I-League.

Salgaocar, who were reduced to 10 men four minutes before the end when defender Rouhollah Samienia got a marching order from referee Santosh Kumar after he handled Joseph Pereira’s goal-bound shot, pulled one back in the 74th minute through Keita Mandjou.

Sporting took time to settle down but dominated the first half with Bibiano Fernandes and Joseph controlling the midfield. They took the lead one minute before the interval after missing a couple of close chances.

Agnelo D’Souza, who missed a couple of scoring chances, worked his way on the right and sent a cross into the box for Junior Obagbemiro who tapped the ball into the net from close to give Sporting the lead.

Sporting continued to hold the advantage in the second half and increased the lead in the 57th minute.

Salgaocar made a couple of changes in the second half bringing in Agnelo Colaco and Beevan D’Mello in place of Milagres Gonsalves and Lestor Fernandes and their attack looked sharper. They reduced the margin in the 74th minute when Keita Mandjou headed in a cross from Bevan D’Mello.

The goal inspired them to attack with more vigour and Bevan found the net few minutes later, only to be ruled off side.

With a few minutes remaining, Sporting was awarded a penalty after defender Rouhollah Samienia deliberately handled a Joseph Pereira goal-bound shot.
Referee Santosh Kumar showed red card to Rouhollah and awarded the penalty which was converted by Junior Obagbemiro.

Sporting now have 14 points from 19 matches. Salgaocar remained on 21 points from 19 matches.

In another match, a brace from Edmar Figueira helped Pune FC defeat Mumbai FC 2-1.
Figueira scored for Pune in the 58th and 72nd minute while the lone goal for Mumbai came from Darren Caldeira in the 55th minute. With this win Pune are in fifth place with 26 points while Mumbai remain second from bottom with 20 points.