Pune FC done in by suicidal goal, Shillong Lajong into semis

Kolkata: A suicidal goal by Pune FC helped
Shillong Lajong register a 2-1 win and make it to the 115th
IFA Shield semifinals at Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Saturday.

The Shillong outfit finished behind group B toppers Mohun
Bagan to set up a last-four clash against holders Churchill
Brothers.

Needing a point to make the cut, Pune FC suffered a big
blow in the 27th minute when Caitano Costa`s header went into
their own net.

Off a move down the left, Shillong earned a free kick
that opened way for the opening goal of the match.

With the ball floated into the box, Lajong`s Zenith
Mashangva along with Costa, Selwyn Fernandes went for the
header together.

But in the bargain, Costa`s header went into their own
net.

Pune FC revived their hopes in the 34th minute when
Mandjou Keita finished with a one touch lob over the advancing
goalkeeper.

Nearing the end of the first half, Lallawmzuala scored
two minutes into the added time, which eventually turned out
to be the match-winner with a goalless second period.

Lajong had an identical tally of eight points with Bagan
but the Shillong outfit had to settle for second spot in
group B on basis of goal difference.

Pune FC ended their campaign by finishing third with six
points.

Semifinal line-up

Churchill vs Lajong; Southern Samity v Mohun Bagans (both
matches on March 28).

PTI

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