Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], December 2 (ANI): Sreenidi Deccan FC registered a memorable 4-3 comeback victory against Mohammedan Sporting Club in their I-League 2022-23 match at the Deccan Arena in Hyderabad on Thursday.
In a thrilling edge-of-the-seat encounter, Mohammedan raced into a two-goal lead through Nikola Stojanovic and Faslurahman Methukayil, but Faysal Shayesteh's free-kick ensured that the hosts trailed by one goal at the break. The visitors extended their advantage through SK Faiaz but a blitzkrieg of goals by Sreenidi Deccan FC late in the second half -- a volley by Awal Mohammed and a brace of headers by substitute David Castaneda -- completed the turnaround.
The result takes Carlos Vaz Pinto's team to their fourth win on the trot and will infuse further confidence in the squad. On the other hand, for Mohammedan Sporting, the result will certainly be a bitter pill to swallow as they suffer their third loss of the season and snap a two-game winning streak.
The first half began with both sides exercising caution and looking to maximize possession in midfield. The hosts created the first major chance in the 10th minute through Shayesteh, who beat the goalkeeper with his shot from the edge of the penalty area, but Wayne Vaz headed it out off the goalline. Three minutes later, Songpu Singsit latched on to a headed pass and went past the keeper with an excellent first touch. However, his shot from a narrow angle could only find the side netting.
Having missed two glorious chances, Sreenidi Deccan were made to pay as the Black and White Brigade began to push forward better and pose major threats. In the 20th minute, Methukayil found space to poke a volleyed shot that was straight at goalkeeper Aryan Lamba. Six minutes later, the first goal of the game was scored by Nikola Stojanovic. The Serbian midfielder breezed past his marker and rifled home an unstoppable shot from 30 yards out into the top corner to give Mohammedan the lead.
With the goal, the game sparked to life as Awal Mohammed headed just over the crossbar in the 28th minute. On the other end, Kean Lewis dribbled past two defenders and played in a low cross that was inches away from being converted. The Mohammedan winger had a key role to play in the next goal, in the 33rd minute, as his looping cross from the left flank was headed back across goal by Faiaz, and Methukayil displayed excellent sharpness to react first and tuck it into the back of the net.
Two goals behind, Sreenidi Deccan intensified their efforts to make their way back into the game. Two minutes before the end of the half, Shayesteh produced a moment of magic to half the deficit for his team just before the break. From a free-kick at the edge of the penalty box, the Afghan curled the ball over the wall and into the top corner as the scoreline read 1-2 at the break. (ANI)