Beto continued his fine form for the Goan side and helped secure their third win in the 2012-13 I-League season...
Churchill Brothers SC have closed the gap between them and league leaders Dempo SC to a point after they won their away fixture at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex by beating Pune FC 1-0 in round four of the I-League. Beto scored from the spot in the second minute of injury time (90+2 minutes) to give Goans all the three points.
Pune FC started with James Moga as the lone striker upfront being supported by Daisuke Nishiguchi as Jeje Lalpekhlua was left out due to an injury.
Churchill Brothers named an unchanged lineup from the last game against Mumbai FC with Akram Moghrabi and Beto being the two strikers.
The first chance befell the visitors as Beto’s 25-yard strike was parried away to safety by Pune FC custodian Shahinlal Meloly in the 13th minute.
Pune FC’s first opportunity came only in the 23rd minute when Daisuke Nishiguchi’s header went just wide after he connected a gentle chip from the right from medio Khanthang Paite.
Minutes after the half-hour mark, Daisuke dispossessed Silva and sent Moga on a counter on the left. Moga beat a defender on the left and sent a cross into the box. Daisuke, who continued the run failed to connect the header with force.
Pune FC's Daisuke Nishiguchi in action
Pune FC was reduced to 10-men into first-half injury time after defender Caitano Costa brought down Beto, by tugging his jersey. The half remained goal-less.
Five minutes into the second half, Shahinlal produced another save denying Bilal Najjarine well directed header goal-wards after connecting a free kick from Beto.
Minutes past the half hour mark, Daisuke covered ground by intelligently cutting in and sent Moga in the clear on the left with a great pass. The South-Sudanese striker then back-heeled to Karma Tsewang on the run but the winger was denied by defender Ravanan just in time.
Moments later on a counter attack, Steven Dias went on a run on the right before releasing stiff shot. Keeper Shahinlal saved with a good stretch to remove the sting of the shot. However, as the ball looped and went goalward, Anas was alert enough to clear on the goal-line.
Into the final ten minutes Pune FC created couple chances. First, Moga missed a glorious chance to put Pune FC into the lead after finding himself in a one-to-one situation with keeper Sandip Nandy after weaving past the defence.
Later, Douhou Pierre did well to find Moga inside the box. The striker did well to hold on to the ball but failed to beat the on rushing ‘keeper slamming the ball into him.
Moments later, Douhou’s cross inside the box was cleared by Denzil Franco after the defender came up with a timely interception, with Daisuke lurking in the foregound.
Into the final moments of the game, Pune FC’s hard-work was undone. The referee pointed to the spot after Gurjinder Kumar in his bid to clear brought down substitute Henri Antchouet inside the box. Beto stepped up and sent Shahinlal the wrong way to win three points for his side.
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