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The Goan coach was pleased with a point against the Mariners but lost his cool during media interaction…

Churchill Brothers were lucky to escape with a 2-2 draw with Balwant Singh scoring an injury time equalizer.

Coach Mariano Dias expressed his happiness with a couple of points in the bag from two tough away fixtures against the two traditional giants of Kolkata, namely East Bengal and Mohun Bagan.

“Two points in two away matches is a good thing, especially against East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, since both of them are very good teams and it is quite satisfactory.

“In fact it is a lucky draw, thanks to Balwant. Until the referee blows the whistle, we have to keep playing and we got a goal in the last minute. We can't give it up until he blows the final whistle.”

Alesh Sawant scored an own goal in the first half as he attempted to clear a ball into the box by Katsumi Yusa.

“It (the own-goal) was not expected but it happens in the match,” was all Dias had to say on the said goal.

Dharmaraj Ravanan should have seen a red card for his retaliation against Ram Malik as he pulled him down in an off the ball incident. However referee Umesh Bora chose to caution the two players with a yellow card each.

On being asked if Dias was lucky not to find himself down to ten men, he responded stating, “Why don't you become a referee? It is not my decision; the referee knows better and they are the right people to judge. I never criticize any referee.

I can't say anything (about the penalty awarded to Christopher Chizoba) because referees are referees. They can judge better because we are sitting outside.”

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