Adeleja's late strike for the Snow Lions was not enough as Josimar and Penn Orji scored the goals for the Kolkata giants...
Mohammedan Sporting downed United Sikkim 2-1 at the MDS Complex, Manjeri in a group D tie off the Federation Cup.
Luciano Sobrosa was named in the starting eleven despite the knock he suffered in practice. Penn Orji and Josimar da Silva were the other two foreign players in their line-up. Meanwhile United Sikkim only had one foreign player in S.Adelaja with Surkumar Singh and Sukhwinder Singh earning a start while James Singh was named on the bench.
Right from the onset, it was the Black and Whites who started stronger of the two sides. They dominated possession and never really allowed the opponents to gain a foothold in the game.
The first real chance came in the 9th minute when Josimar took a shot from inside the box which saw Dibyendu Sarkar, the Snow Lions custodian, doing enough to avert the danger.
Syed Rahim Nabi also had his share of chances and he came close to scoring on a couple of occasions. His header from the edge of the six-yard box was fisted away by the in-form Sarkar in the 35th minute.
United Sikkim had one good effort which could have easily found the back of the net had it not been for Luis Barretto to pull off a world class save from a Sukhwinder Singh strike.
However the best chance of the half came in the way of United Sikkim when Adelaja unleashed a powerful effort which rattled the framework and on the rebound, his team-mates failed to slot the ball home.
After the break, Mohammedan came back strongly with Anthony Soren and Manish Maithani pulling the strings from the midfield, Ashim Biswas supplied a brilliant through-ball to Josimar in the 62nd minute and the Brazilian made no mistake to ensure that his side took the lead.
Eight minutes later, it was Penn Orji’s turn to add his name on the scoresheet. Josimar turned provider this time around with Orji keeping his cool despite being under pressure to slot the ball home.
However United Sikkim did manage to pull one back in the 85th minute when Adelaja’s superb side-volley went past a hapless Barretto. They did create a couple of chances towards the end to find the equalizer but Mohammedan held their own and took full points.
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