AFC Cup: Dempo Make History With Thrilling Win

Dempo SC have created history by being the first Indian team to have reached the semi-finals of the AFC Cup after a thrilling 4-3 victory against Singapore’s Home United at the Jalan Besar Stadium in the second leg of the quarterfinals.

After the first leg in India finished 1-1, Home United were confident of sealing the win at home in Singapore.

They had the worst start however as they went behind in the opening minute as Mboyo Iyomi, the goalscorer from the first leg, came back to haunt them in their home ground. The goal came after some good work from Brazilian midfielder Beto.

Twelve minutes later, Home United skipper Peres De Oliviera got his side back into the game as they restored parity with a shot in to the top corner.

The Goan side threatened with each attack and asked questions to the Home defence. A Clifford Miranda flag kick saw Beto head home and give Dempo the lead the second time in the match.

Home United were reduced to 10 men in the 29th minute as Valery Hiek was sent off for receiving his second yellow of the night.

The Singaporean club won a penalty after Kengne Ludovick was brought down but the resultant penalty by Peres was blocked by goalkeeper Abhijit Mondal only to see Indra Sahdan score off the rebound.

Two minutes, Dempo were shell shocked as Indra scored his second of the night and thus put his side in an advantageous situation.

At the stroke of half time, Climax Lawrence’s drive beat the Home United custodian Lionel Lewis and thus brought the Indian side back into the game.

It was Home United who kept Dempo under check with their attacks but the Indian champions won the game after Beto added another on the scoreline in the 84th minute.

Home United did manage to score in the very next minute as Ludovick found the back of the net but only for the linesman to raise the flag.