I-League: Dicka device helps Punjab FC beat Gokulam Kerala 3-1
LUDHIANA: A Dipanda Dicka help helped Punjab FC record a 3-1 victory over Gokulam Kerala in a I-League Guru Nanak Stadium match on Monday.
Sergio Barboza Jr broke the deadlock in the halting time of the first half before a goal by Henry Kisekka attracted visitors in the 52nd minute. Dicka restored Punjab's lead by a free kick in the 64th minute, before Add your second detention time to seal all three points emphatically.
Punjab head coach Yan Law appointed an initial eleven unchanged, choosing not to experiment as the title race begins to take shape, with Kerala's opponents firmly in the equation.
Fernando Varela, behind Gokulam's resounding victory against East Bengal, made only two changes at his side, with Mohamed Irshad and Muthu Irulandi getting the approval in their 3-5-2 formation.
Gokulam did not waste a minute to make clear his intentions, since it only took them 20 seconds after the serve to shake the carpentry, since Marcus Joseph had a crack from a distance, but a fully stretched Kiran Limbu, which did well to obtain the tip of the finger and divert it to the goal frame.
In the third minute, it was Joseph again, whose corner took an unexpected turn toward the goal that surprised everyone, but Limbu did well to react just in time and make it clear.
Punjab looked everywhere, struggling to find himself out of his own half with Gokulam in total control.
In the 16th minute, Joseph threw a beautiful cross from a piece on the right flank, which received Jestin George's toe, but his speculative touch almost gave him dividends, as he bounced off the near post. The bounce fell into Joseph's hands, but he shot it wide.
En el minuto 33, Salman Kalliyath se jugó por la derecha y con solo un hombre para vencer, se convirtió in a hash total. Atrapado entre dos mentes, ya sea para disparar o pasarlo a un Kisekka al acecho, pero al final no lo hizo.
Strongly against the race, Punjab took the lead in the first minute of the first half stop time. A blow from Cavin Lobo from a distance hit Dicka on the road, who knew nothing about it, but the deviation fell kindly on Sergio Barboza Jr, who did not make any mistake in squaring the goalkeeper.
Gokulam played all football, but it was Punjab who walked away with the goal, heading for the break.
In the second half, Gokulam maintained his game plan and was rewarded in the 52nd minute. It was another exquisite piece of Joseph that found Kisekka whose thunder hit the crossbar and entered.
Punjab adhered to a plan, playing from the back while allowing visitors more possession. The home team won a free kick on the edge of the 18-yard area, once again in total contrast with the game streak. Dicka stepped forward and did enough to shoot over the wall, leaving Ubaid CK in the goal stranded to restore the Punjab team's advantage.
Punjab added a third in the first minute of detention time. With three minutes left, Ubaid made a horrible mistake with the ball at his feet.
With Dicka on the prowl, Kerala's goalkeeper tried to play intelligently by stepping over him, but his bold attempt was to pay, when Dicka snatched the ball and, with the goalkeeper in no man's land, added a third to seal The three points. Punjab.
The result saw Punjab remain in second place with 14 points, three behind leader Mohun Bagan, while Gokulam ranks fifth with 10 points.