Gokulam Kerala FC got here from two objectives down and located the web thrice within the second half to earn a exceptional I-League 2020-21 comeback 4-Three win towards RoundGlass Punjab FC on the VYBK Stadium in Kolkata, West Bengal on Thursday (January 14, 2021). In a story of two halves, the primary belonged to RoundGlass Punjab FC. Chencho Gyeltshen’s quick-fire brace and a purpose by Rupert Nongrum did not safeguard Punjab’s lead as a second-half comeback by Gokulam Kerala FC reduce brief Punjab’s euphoria. A brace by Dennis Antwi and an personal purpose by Anwar Ali within the second half led the Kerala outfit to register a exceptional win.
In the third minute, Gokulam Kerala FC had been handed a golden alternative to take the lead when a cross from Mayakkannan discovered Sharif Mohammad contained in the field. Off a free-header and with solely the keeper to beat, the Afghan International headed it broad of purpose. Lalromawaia missed a sitter within the 11th minute when his shot earned an uncanny save from Kiran Limbu. From the ensuing ball, the midfield slotted into the facet netting.
Despite Gokulam’s probabilities and domination of possession, it was RoundGlass Punjab’s clinically which earned them the plaudits. In the 17th minute, Chencho was slyly discovered by a cushioned header contained in the field, from a freekick, and the Bhutanese International slotted into the underside nook to present Punjab the lead. Chencho had a chance to double the lead three minutes, however with solely the goalkeeper to beat he shot over the bar.
Gokulam Kerala FC had been denied their greatest alternative of the match courtesy of Kiran Limbu’s world-class save within the 24th minute. Limbu made a miraculous save from a Philip Adjah tap-in after he was discovered by a low cross by Dennis Antwi. Gokulam’s loss was Punjab’s acquire. Off the ensuing nook, Sanju Pradhan stole possession and ran in direction of purpose. With Chencho alongside him, Pradhan performed a fast move to the Bhutanese ahead as he slotted residence the primary time to double RoundGlass Punjab’s lead.
Philip Adjah decreased the deficit for Gokulam Kerala FC within the 26th minute when his exterior of the boot shot left Kiran Limbu bewildered. The writing on the wall got here within the 44th minute for Gokulam Kerala FC. Chencho ran in direction of purpose and arrange an onrushing Rupert Nongrum who slotted it previous a hapless goalkeeper to make it 3-1 for RoundGlass Punjab FC.
With the Punjab outfit taking a stable two-goal lead, the second half turned a mere formality as Curtis Fleming’s group dedicated our bodies in defence to see out the match. Despite that, Gokulam Kerala FC tried to breach the citadel and finally organized an enormous comeback to win the match.
Kiran Limbu got here to the rescue for RoundGlass Punjab within the 53rd minute when he saved a penalty kick from Dennis Antwi after he was introduced down contained in the field. With the Nepalese International in sensational kind, it appeared no shot may get previous him. In the 60th minute, Limbu as soon as once more put a powerful hand to disclaim Philip Adjah’s rocket of a shot from the sting of the field.
RoundGlass Punjab FC made two defensive modifications shortly after, bringing Anwar Ali and Bikash Yumnam for Ashray Bhardwaj and Sanju Pradhan respectively. In the 70th minute, Dennis Antwi headed residence from shut vary off a Deepak Devrani free-kick to scale back Gokulam’s deficit to at least one purpose. The spurred comeback was full within the 72nd minute when Dennis Antwi used his bodily prowess to latch onto an extended ball, unleashing a half-volley that crashed into the again of the web because the scoreline learn 3-3.
But there was much more on the playing cards. Three minutes later Anwar Ali scored an personal purpose after he headed the ball into his web handy Gokulam the lead. Gokulam didn’t relent and tried to even double their lead. In the 86th minute, Dennis Antwi failed to search out the web after he was launched onto purpose. With solely Limbu to beat, Antwi shot straight at him forcing the Nepalese into a straightforward save.
Gokulam held on to their slender lead and noticed off the match, choosing up a exceptional 4-Three comeback win.