Penalty shootouts decide the qualifying matches

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New Delhi, Oct 24 (UNI) Indian Airforce (IAF) and New Delhi Heroes sent their rivals packing out of the tournament via the penalty shootouts in the qualifying round matches of the Durand Football Cup here today.

IAF and local outfit Simla Youngs were locked 1-1 at the end of the regulation period and to break the deadlock, penalty shootout was enforced in which IAF emerged 4-1 winner.

Simla Youngs started promisingly and after having a major share of the attacks surged ahead in the 28th minute through Adizua Philip who surprised the airmen with a superb goal.

The local club held on to the lead for 24 minutes but then their citadel fell as Kalyan Pal captalised on the confusion in Simla Young's defence to score the equaliser(1-1).

Both the teams tried hard to score another goal but failed and ended at 1-1 after 90 minutes of play.

In the shootout, for IAF, Kalyan Pal, Lalramzuava, S Sandhu, Y P Singh converted their spot kicks.

Simla Youngs failed to convert their first and third spots kicks with only Monu Chowdhery being able to convert his second spot kick.

John Clinton and Ashish Rawat missed the first and third spot kicks.

Earlier, in an all Delhi affair Indian Nationals and New Delhi Heroes played a goaless draw and in the penalty shootout Heroes piped their rivals 5-4.

The match between the two top local clubs was expected to produce exciting game but the teams failed to live upto the expectations.

It was a lackluster 90 minute affair in which teams failed to score. Indian Nationals goalkeeper Rajat Guha pulled off a superb save to deny Heroes's Bhuwan Joshi a chance to take the lead in the 69th minute of the game.

Nationals forward Anthony also had a couple of golden opportunities (72 min, 89 min) with just the the goalkeeper to beat, but Heroes custodian Mehndi had other plans in mind as he frustrated the rival forwards every move.

In the penalty shootout New Delhi Heroes converted all their five spot kicks. The scorers were Chrispin Chettri, Shariyat Reza, Wajib, Amjad Hussain and Nwaeke Harrison.

For the Indian Nationals, Manoj Joshi, Ajit Singh, Anthony and Manish scored while Pushpender Kundu missed.


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