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Churchill blank hapless Air India 4-0

Churchill blank hapless Air India 4-0
A Giving yet another essay of its consistent form, Churchill Bros blanked 10-man Air India 4-0 in the final round of group-B league in the 34th Federation Cup at Kanchanjungha Stadium on Monday.

Churchill Brothers picked up the required points form the win andsealed the top position in the group standings (with seven points) and lone semifinal berth on offer.

Churchill Brothers saw its famed forward-line combining well as the Goa side mounted sustained attacks and found the goals at regular interval. Nigerian Henry Autchouet, Brazilian Roberto Mendes Silva andthe Lebanese substitute Akram Moghrabi scored one each while midfielder Bikramjit Singh completed the tally. Churchill’s effortswere further eased by the ejection of the Air India captain Mickey Fernandes, who was sent off with a red card for stamping Roberto in the 66th minute.

Requiring a win to ensure the semifinal berth, Churchill drew first blood in the 22nd minute when Henry capped a solo effort to secure the break. Churchill doubled the goal hunt after the earning the lead but had to wait till the 64th minute for the second. They scored two more in the 84th and 90th minute.

Meanwhile, Salgaocar SC survived a stiff resistance from hopefuls Pune to qualify for the semi-finals. For Salgaocar, Luciano Sabrosa and Anthony D’Souza netted the goals while it was Douhou Pierre with the solitary goal for Pune FC.

In an inconsequential tie at Keenan Stadium on Monday (September 24), Prayag United salvaged some pride by beating United Sikkim 2-0 courtesy a first half Md Rafique brace in the third round matches of Group D.

With this match, Prayag United finish on four points while United Sikkim failed to open account.
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