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  • 13 April 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • Tilak Maidan Stadium, Vasco da Gama, Goa
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  • FULL TIME: Salgaocar FC 9-0 United Sikkim FC
  • 90' + 4'
    GoalMarcus Mascarenhas
    GOOALLL!!!! Marcus Mascarenhas heads in a Milagres Gonsalves corner
  • 90' + 4'
    AssistMilagres Gonsalves
  • 90' + 1'
    GoalJosimar
    GOOOAALLL!!!! 8-0? Yes, it is! Marcus releases Josimar and the Brazilian doesn't disappoint as the Salgaocar completes his hat-trick
  • 90' + 1'
    AssistMarcus Masceranhas
  • 90'
    Three mintues added time
  • 85'
    Karanjit doing enough to frustrate the opponents as he deals with the aerial deliveries in the Salgaocar box
  • 81'
    ANOTHER SPECTACULAR SAVE!!! Karanjit tips Nadong's shot above the bar
  • 80'
    SAVE!!! Nadong Bhutia's shot blocked by Karanjit Singh
  • 77'
    GoalMarcus Mascarenhas
    GOOAALLL!!!! Salgaocar substitute Marcus Mascarenhas strikes within two of coming on in place of Obatola, as the former gets the better of Rakshit before finding the target
  • 76'
    SubstitutionG. Obatola Marcus Mascarenhas
  • 75'
    SubstitutionNurudeen Salau Nadong Bhutia
  • 75'
    GUESS WHAT?!?! Mohun Bagan beat Air India 3-2 at the full time whistle
  • 71'
    MISSS!!!! Obatola sends Josimar's cross wide from across the face of the goal
  • 70'
    SubstitutionNicolau Colaco Rosario Mendes
  • 67'
    Air India has come-back to equalise 2-2 against Mohun Bagan in the other match currently underway in Kolkata
  • 63'
    SAVE!!!! Karanjit deflects a well-struck shot by Salau
  • 62'
    GOAL-LINE SAVE!!!! Milagres shot gets past Rakshit but Jhingan stops it just in front of the goal-line
  • 61'
    SubstitutionAugustin Fernandes Rahul Kumar
  • 60'
    GoalJosimar
    GOOOAALLLL!!! Sobrosa's pass comes off Rakshit and Josimar taps in the rebound
  • 60'
    AssistLuciano Sabrosa
  • 59'
    GoalFrancis Fernandes
    GOOAALLL!!!! Francis Fernandes scores through a beautiful curler
  • 57'
    CLOSE!!! Salau's header off Nima Tamang's cross is blocked by Salgaocar keeper Karanjit Singh
  • 55'
    SubstitutionLineker Machado Nima Tamang
  • 53'
    GoalFrancis Fernandes
    GOOALLL!!!! Josimar lays it well for Francis, who blasts the ball at the back of the net, after the initial cross was sent in by Nicolao Colaco from the right
  • 53'
    AssistJosimar
  • 51'
    It's a pretty gradual build-up to the second half play
  • 49'
    United Sikkim are trying hard to make some quick forward arrays, but seem to be losing out on finding the last touch or the killer pass
  • 46'
    Second half resumes
  • HALF-TIME: Salgaocar FC 3-0 United Sikkim FC
  • 45' + 1'
    Good interception by USFC defender Jhingan to avert a cross from Cardozo
  • 45'
    Two minutes added time
  • 42'
    SubstitutionThupden Bhutia Syed Farid
  • 41'
    CLOSE!!! Francis' cross was headed straight into Rakshit, while Anwar Ali gets in the area well in time to snatch the ball from Josimar's feet before any further damage could have been done
  • 39'
    Obatola's shot straight to Rakshit
  • 38'
    Salgaocar left-back Fulgencio Cardozo tries to cross but finds Rakshit in the way
  • 36'
    Penalty GoalLuciano Sabrosa
    GOOAALL!!! Salgaocar skipper Luciano Sobrosa converts from the spot after team-mates Milagres and Obatola wanted to take the penalty
  • 35'
    Yellow CardSandesh Jhingan
  • 35'
    PENALTY!!! Jhingan brings down Josimar in the penalty area
  • 34'
    Matkin's cross from the right cleared away by Sobrosa
  • 32'
    CLOSE!!! Machado had the ball at his feet inside the Salgaocar box, but the USFC midfielder took too long to control the same as Augustin effects the clearance
  • 30'
    Salgaocar however do have the better of the ball possession
  • 28'
    United Sikkim have made a couple of quick advancements around the area with John Landa Matkin moves well on the left side
  • 26'
    Rakshit looks completely low on confidence after the earlier goof-up as he appears a bit shaky while collecting a deflected shot by Milagres
  • 24'
    By the score-line it appears to be a quick game, but only those at the stadium can tell you that it's not!
  • 20'
    It doesn't look like another player's day today, besides Rakshit, of course, as Salgaocar's Nicolao Colaco is unable to send in a single effective cross in
  • 19'
    Sonam Bhutia shoots wide!
  • 16'
    GoalG. Obatola
    GOOOAALLL!!! Obatola attempts an ambitious shot on target which slips out of the hands of United Sikkim goalkeeper Rakshit Kumar
  • 15'
    GoalJosimar
    GOOAALLL!!! A simple tap in by Josimar off a pass by Obatola sees the ball at the back of the net as Salgaocar take the lead
  • 15'
    AssistG. Obatola
  • 10'
    CLOSE!!!! Nurudeen Salau's free-kick comes off the head of Josimar, who was standing in Salgaocar's wall, and comes off the bar before Rodriguez headed the rebound above the target
  • 9'
    It's a good contest between Salgaocar defender Luciano Sobrosa and United Sikkim striker Pablo Rodriguez
  • 7'
    A couple of set-pieces that United Sikkim deal with
  • 5'
    ANOTHER ONE PUT DOWN BY FRANCIS!!! Josimar does well to set up his team-mate in an open area on the right, but Francis takes the ball too wide before letting go of a wayward shot
  • 3'
    SALAU!!! The Nigerian sends a powerful right-footer wide of the mark
  • 2'
    CHANCE!!!! Milagres Gonsalves' cross from the left could have been met on the volley by Francis Fernandes, who instead chose to control the ball, thus allowing Linekar Machado effect a clearance
  • And we're underway...
  • The kick-off is set for 16:00 IST
  • The Line-ups

    Salgaocar FC XI vs United Sikkim FC: Karanjit (gk), Cardozo, Augustin, Milagres, Obatola, Nicolao, Sobrosa (c), Josimar, Lamare, Randeep, Francis

    Salgaocar Subs vs United Sikkim - Collin, Marcus, Vinay (gk), Rahul, Wilkinson, Rosario, Oliveira

    United Sikkim FC XI vs Salgaocar FC: Rakshit (gk), Jhingan, Anwar (c), Thupden, Salau, Matkin, Machado, Ansari, Timothy, Sonam, Pablo

    United Sikkim Subs vs Salgaocar - Farid, Zenith, Tamang, Lepcha, Nadong, Ashish, Monotosh (gk)
    • Salgaocar FC, other than Pailan Arrows, are the only I-League outfit to have an Indian player as their top scorer.
    • United Sikkim's America national John Landa Matkin (in photo) has both Mexican and Guam heritages and represented Guam in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers.
    • Both Salgaocar FC and United Sikkim FC have most frequently scored only one goal in their home and away matches respectively.
    • United Sikkim FC had beaten Salgaocar FC 3-2 in the first round of the I-League.
  • Nathan Hall's side did register their first win under the Australian when the Snow Lions thrashed Air India 5-0, United Sikkim's second win overall in the competition, as they embrace the rock bottom spot with 15 points from 22 matches. Salgaocar meanwhile are ninth, with 27 points from 23 rounds.
  • United Sikkim FC have an indenting task ahead of them if they want to survive in the top tier of Indian football following their maiden adventure in the I-League, and may that include by winning all of their remaining fixtures.

  • Salgaocar's defense has been among the best in the bottom half

    Salgaocar FC have come a long way from struggling among the bottom sides of the table to fighting for a respectable mid-table finish in this season's I-League, all thanks to the club's dealings in the January transfer window which brought about the difference.
  • David Booth's side will look to ride on their positive momentum against Bhaichung Bhutia's dream team which needs a win at all costs...
  • Salgaocar FC vs United Sikkim FC, and as usual from Goa, I'm Anselm Noronha from the Tilak Maidan at Vasco...