Mahindra hold Churchill 1-1 to enter Durand Cup semifinals

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New Delhi, Sep 2 (UNI) Mahindra United held defending champions Churchill Brothers to an exciting 1-1 draw to complete the semifinal line-up of the 121st Osian's Durand Cup here today.

Mahindra, who finished pool II with five points, will take on JCT Mills, while Churchill Brothers, face Sporting Clube De Goa in the semifinals.

Churchill Brothers dominated proceedings from the start with Mahindra United struggling to create chances upfront after leaving striker Edeh Chidi and Douhous Pieree out of the starting line-up.

The Goans took an early lead after Reisangmi Vashum struck in the eighth minute. They almost grabbed another goal in the very next minute but striker Odafa Onyeka Okoli failed to beat Mahindra goalkeeper Amit Nandi.

Churchill Brothers suffered a major setback when defender Gourmangi Singh was sent off for a foul on Sushil Kumar Singh.

The defending champions, however, continued to have the better of the exchanges. Okoli could have doubled their lead just minutes before the break when he dribbled past a couple of defenders inside the penalty box. But the sturdy Nigerian shot just wide of the goal.

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