The team is not yet 100 percent fit - Dempo SC's Mauricio Afonso

The Dempo assistant coach is content with the point earned by his side despite losing a two-goal lead against Rangdajied United

It was a game of two halves as Dempo SC scored twice in the first half, but only to concede two after the break against Rangdajied United FC.

The Goan side had taken the early advantage with Beto finding the back of the net in the sixth minute before they went into the break with a two-goal advantage as Billy Mehtmet scored his first I-League goal in three matches.

Santosh Kashyap's men however fought back with goals scored by T.Lalnunpuia and Sandesh Gadkari in the 60th and 80th minutes respectively to force the visitors to split points.

Arthur Papas is back in Australia for personal reasons and as a result assistant coach Mauricio Afonso took charge of the proceedings for Dempo SC.

"We missed chances in the first half. Clifford [Miranda] missed one easy chance; Peter [Carvalho] missed one. Still, [it is] okay. One point away is better than to go home without a point," the 51-year-old told reporters after the match.

"The team is not yet 100 percent fit," he bemoaned.

"We started well in the second half, but after conceding that first goal, the team went down," Afonso explained the second half performance.

He gave credit to the opposition for finding a way back in the second half after being pegged back by a couple of goals in their own backyard.

"See, when you score a goal, definitely the morale of the team becomes high. This was exactly what was done by Rangdajied. So their team was very upbeat after scoring the first goal and I give credit to the way they played in the second half," he said.

Dempo's next match will be against Salgaocar on October 9, as Afonso concluded, "We have to rectify our mistakes, regroup and make our comeback."


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