I-League: detention time penalty gives Indian Arrows a dramatic point against Punjab
MUMBAI: Givson Singh converted a penalty during detention time to help Indian arrows win a dramatic 1-1 draw against second place Punjab FC at the cooperage stadium on Tuesday.
I-League veteran Sanju Pradhan He had opened the scoring in the sixth minute to put Punjab ahead.
Sanju Pradhan's set-piece delivery from distance was miscued by Arrows keeper Samik Mitra, who completely missed the ball with his attempted punch and subsequently, he saw it bulge into the back of the net.
Punjab continued to make good use of possession and his game plan was well marked, frustrating the home team perfectly.
To make matters worse for the Arrows, they were faced with an injury blow early in the 22nd minute and had to take off forward Gurkirat Singh , with Aman Chetri as his replacement.
The substitute Chetri forged a decent opportunity for himself in the 32nd minute, having made a good run to leave his marker at the end, but his final disappointed him, firing his shot from the carpentry.
Law's men closed half, making better use of the ball to address the respirator with their noses in front.
Punjab had a 'heart in the mouth' moment after the game resumed, when the assailant passes behind Anwar Ali was caught by a stalker Harmanpreet Singh in the 51st minute, but goalkeeper Kiran Limbu was alert and made the intervention just in time to thwart the momentary danger
Dipanda Dicka, who is on the brink of history with 49 Hero I-League goals to his tally, had a great opportunity to grab his 50th but his goal-bound shot from close range was blocked in the 63rd minute and the resulting ricochet was fired wide by Sanju.
The writing seemed to be on the wall for the Arrows when Punjab neutralized each and every one of the host's offensive procedures, but the drama had not yet been deployed.
The Arrows increased the pressure towards the last minutes and in the first minute of the detention time, the delivery of Ajin Tom from the right was tracked well by a substitute. Mandar Singh but he was stopped dead by Anwar Ali.
The referee immediately pointed out the place, giving the hosts a lifeline from twelve yards. Ali was reserved for his challenge while Givson stepped forward and found the net with aplomb, sending Limbu to the goal in the wrong way.
The full-time whistle shortly after confirmed the loot that is shared. Punjab remains second in the table with 23 points now, while the Arrows add a point to their account to have nine points.