A NIGHT OF FAIRYTALE FOOTBALL played out at Fatorda tonight as an intense, hard-fought and nerve-wrecking contest saw Sporting Clube de Goa and Aizawl FC fight till the very end to finish the match 2-2, which meant the relegated I-League club Aizawl FC qualified for the final via the own goal rule.
AIZAWL FC WEREÂ held toÂ a goalless draw by Sporting Club de Goa in the first leg of their semi-final clash in the Hero Federation Cup 2016 at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl, Mizoram today (May 10, 2016).
AFTER UPSETTING the â€˜Champions of Indiaâ€™, Bengaluru FC in the last round, â€˜underdogsâ€™ Aizawl FC are all set to host Sporting Club de Goa in the first leg of their semi-final clash in the Hero Federation Cup 2016 at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl, Mizoram on May 10, 2016. The kick-off for which is atÂ 3PM IST.
AIZAWL FC HEAD COACH Jahar Das, who had entered the Federation Cup quarter finals with an explosive forewarning, sounded much more cautious about facing Sporting Clube de Goa in the semi-finals.
Should Aizawl FC be spared from a relegation into the second division? Is it fair that they should be ousted from the I-League despite not finishing at teh bottom? Or is it an unfair demand coming from the club that always knew the rules and cried foul only when they lost? What exactly is at stake here for Indian football?
Aizawl FC outplayed champions Bengaluru FC in every department to hand them a convincing and historical 2-3 defeat, knocking them out of the Federation Cup by a 5-3 aggregate.
RELEGATED AIZAWL FC MADE a strong statement when they beat league champions Bengaluru FC 2-1 at home in the first match of the Federation Cup.
An aggrieved Aizawl FC head coach Jahar Das said they did not deserve to be relegated, accused AIFF of playing favourites when drawing up the I-League fixtures and promised that his club will fight hard to prove their worth in the upcoming Federation Cup.
JOEL SUNDAY FOUND the mark to score a goal that very well may have saved Aizawl FC's season, as the newly promoted club ended their maiden I-League campaign with a 0-1 victory over DSK Shivajians in Pune tonight.
AIZAWL FC, Mumbai FC and Shillong Lajong are the three clubs still left in the fray for I-League's relegation battle; and the fight is as neck-to-neck as it gets.
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