Delhi fight their way into quarters

Delhi fight their way into quarters

Football Santosh Trophy

After the match ended 2-2 in extra time, Tuishim Mashangva scored the decisive goal for Delhi in the shootout that they won 4-3 under fading light.

Earlier, a brace by Mashangva who scored in the 39th and 48th minutes saw Delhi take a 2-0 lead but Chhattisgarh made a strong second-half comeback to restore parity at 2-2 and take the match into extra time.

Chhattisgarh made it 1-2 through Mohammad M Siddique in the 65th minute, while the equaliser came when Delhi conceded an own goal through Amjan Ali Khan in the 80th minute. Delhi will open their last-eight campaign against Bengal on July 30.

Delhi took the lead in the 39th minute when Mashangva headed home following a goalmouth melee. Chhattisgarh defenders were beaten in an aerial tussle with Mashngva giving Delhi a 1-0 lead in the first 45 minutes of the match.

Delhi then scored again three minutes after the break. Mashngva continued his fine run when he headed the ball from a midfield lob for his second goal. Chhattisgarh pulled one back with Siddique converting a fine attempt from his solo run from the right. Charged up, Chhattisgarh went for in search of the equaliser and found it in the form of an own goal by Amjad Ali Khan 15 minutes later.

In the shootout, Chhattisgarh had a disastrous start as their first two attempts were not converted. Raja’s shot was saved by Delhi goalkeeper Roy while the second attempt by Maji went wayward.

Delhi scored through Monu Chowdhury, Vikas Rawat, Bhuvan Chandra Joshi before Mashangva handed the win with his decider in the fifth attempt. Delhi missed their second attempt when Ashish Pandey’s shot was saved by Chhattisgarh custodian Dey. Chhattisgarh scored from the spot through Harshvardhan Shende, Siddique and Dey.