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Kalinga Super Cup: Lotjem’s last-minute goal clinches the deal for Mumbai City FC

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By IANS Updated: Jan 17, 2024 6:08 pm
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BHUBANESWAR — Mumbai City FC extended their winning run in the Kalinga Super Cup to two matches in a row when they edged past Punjab FC 3-2 in their Group C encounter at the Kalinga Stadium on Tuesday.

Leading 2-1 till the 87th minute, Mumbai City found their lead being cancelled by a Punjab equaliser in the 87th minute. Mumbai, however, came back strongly to pump in another goal well into the added time to pick up a dramatic victory.

Ayush Chhikara played a pivotal role by scoring twice in the 37th and 56th minutes and it was followed by the late goal from Seilenthang Lotjem in the 90+3 minute to pave the way for a Mumbai win. Punjab FC’s both goals came from Luka Majcen in the 28th and 87th minutes.

As the first half unfolded, both teams demonstrated adaptability in their gameplay, with Mumbai City FC seeking more scoring opportunities. In the 22nd minute, Ayush Chhikara attempted a shot but narrowly missed the target.

In a seamless counter-attack, Punjab FC composed a flawless move, culminating in Luka Majcen finding the back of the net in the 28th minute off an assist from Mehdi Talal.

However, the islanders quickly responded, as Ayush Chhikara secured the equaliser in the 37th minute with a brilliant finish from inside the box. In the 42nd minute, Punjab tried again to step forward as Majcen received Wilmar Jordan’s header, but the connection was inadequate, resulting in a wide shot.

The excitement continued in the second half, with Ayush Chhikara scoring his second goal of the match in the 56th minute, propelling Mumbai City FC into the lead.

In a seamless counter-attack, Punjab FC composed a flawless move, culminating in Luka Majcen finding the back of the net in the 28th minute off an assist from Mehdi Talal.

However, the islanders quickly responded, as Ayush Chhikara secured the equaliser in the 37th minute with a brilliant finish from inside the box. In the 42nd minute, Punjab tried again to step forward as Majcen received Wilmar Jordan’s header, but the connection was inadequate, resulting in a wide shot.

The excitement continued in the second half, with Ayush Chhikara scoring his second goal of the match in the 56th minute, propelling Mumbai City FC into the lead.

Also read: Kalinga Cup: Chennaiyin FC win 2-0 to hasten Gokulam Kerala exit

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By IANS Updated: Jan 17, 2024 6:08:06 pm
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