MORANG, April 2: CMG Sankata Club has advanced into the quarterfinals of the ongoing fifth Birat Gold Cup Football Tournament by defeating India’s Mohammedan SC 1-0 in extra time on Sunday.
At the Shahid Stadium, Dihrel Traare scored the winning goal in the first half of extra time to propel Sankata to the last eight of the tournament.
The match was pushed into the extra time after both the teams played a 0-0 draw in the regulation time. Both the teams got plenty of good chances to score throughout the match, but could not convert them.
It was all Mohammedan dominating the play in the first half as an early chance fell to the Indian side. Jot Masih lead a counter attacking play in the half hour mark, but his shot went just wide from the frame of the goal.
In the second half, Sankata got a good opportunity to score in the 61st minute when it was rewarded a freekick, but Traare’s freekick hit the cross bar and was saved by the goalkeeper in the rebound from an Anil Gurung’s shot. Sankata got another chance just four minutes later when Traare’s powerful shot from outside the box was punched by the goalkeeper.
After failing to see a goal in the regulation time, a further 30 minutes was added for the extra time. Traare scored in the 103rd minute to send Sankata to the quarters.
Sankata also got more chances in the second half of the extra time via a corner which was taken by Laxam Ruchal. But his curled effort fell straight into the hands of the goalkeeper.
Mohammedan also created attacks after attacks in the last seven minutes. SK Mohammeda failed to score in the 113th minute from a Muthun Sardar’s pass.
Jhapa XI will take on Morang XI in the first quarterfinal match on Monday, while Sankata will face the departmental team Armed Police Force in the second on Tuesday.