I-League 2017-18: Abhijit Sarkar's last-minute twin strikes help Indian Arrows stun Churchill Brothers
Substitute Abhijit Sarkar scored two injury-time goals in as many minutes as Indian Arrows rallied to pull off a stunning 2-1 victory over Churchill Brothers in the I-League at Vasco on Saturday.
Vasco: Substitute Abhijit Sarkar scored two injury-time goals in as many minutes as Indian Arrows rallied to pull off a stunning 2-1 victory over Churchill Brothers in the I-League at Vasco on Saturday.
Sarkar struck in the first (90+1) and third minute (90+3) of added time at the Tilak Maidan Stadium.
Dawda Ceesay had scored a first-half opener before a brace from Sarkar sealed three points for Indian Arrows.
Arrows coach Luis Norton de Matos made two changes to his side as Nongdamba Naorem and Princeton Rebello came into the starting lineup.
Match-winner Sarkar did not start the game and Raheem Ali was omitted due to an injury.
Kalu Ogba came into the lineup in place of Bektur Talgat in what was the only change made by Alfred Fernandes to his team.
Naorem threated in the eighth minute when he picked up Tangri's pass.
His curler forced a very good save from James Kithan who had to dive to his left to keep the ball out.
Despite the early threat from Arrows, it was Churchill who broke the deadlock through Ceesay. Nicholas Fernandes surged forward with the ball and delivered an accurate cross into the box from the left flank, which was easily nodded in by an unmarked Ceesay.
As the match entered injury time, Indian Arrows shocked the local supporters by scoring two quick goals in two minutes.
Sarkar equalised with a right-footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner off a Borish Thangjam assist. He then scored the all-important goal two minutes later.
No fee has been disclosed but British media reported value the deal at £34 million ($47 million) rising to £48 million with add-ons.
He scored two goals in 21 games in Madrid before joining Milan last season on loan, scoring seven goals in 39 appearances for the northern Italian outfit.
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