Corbett FC score last-minute winner over Golazo FC in final of AIFF Futsal Club Championship

Vadodara, July 7 (IANS) Corbett FC were crowned champions of the AIFF Futsal Club Championship 2024 after they beat Golazo FC 3-2 at the Swarnim Gujarat Sports University on Sunday.
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Corbett FC score last-minute winner over Golazo FC in final of AIFF Futsal Club Championship

Vadodara, July 7 (IANS) Corbett FC were crowned champions of the AIFF Futsal Club Championship 2024 after they beat Golazo FC 3-2 at the Swarnim Gujarat Sports University on Sunday.

It was a fitting finale worthy of its name as the fortunes swung from one end to the other. Corbett FC took the lead twice only to find Golazo FC coming back to restore parity on both occasions. The match went into extra time.

However, with just 58 seconds left for the buzzer, the tournament’s top scorer PC Lalruatsanga scored his 17th and perhaps the most important goal of the meet to snatch the trophy for the Uttarakhand club.

Lalbiakzuala (9’) and PC Lalruatsanga (37’, 50’) were the two scorers for Corbett FC, while Stephen Satarkar (13’) and Jayesh Sutar (37’) netted one each for Golazo FC, who come from Himachal Pradesh.

It was a cautious start, as neither team wanted to show their hand in the initial exchanges. Golazo FC settled into the game a bit earlier, as they began to dominate possession in the Corbett half.

Corbett took the lead against the run of play, as Pratik Swami ran on to a through ball by Pautu and sent in a low cross. Lalbiakzuala rushed onto the low centre and produced a sliding effort at the near post, to put Corbett into the lead.

Golazo levelled the scores with just seven minutes left in the first half. Satarkar jinked past two Corbett defenders, before slipping it accurately between the other two, as the ball crept in at the far post. Corbett goalkeeper Lakhpa Dorjee Bhutia had no time to react to that effort.

It seemed both sides were keen to play the waiting game, as the two coaches called for their respective time-outs as the half-time hooter crept near. The teams went to the dressing rooms with the match tied at 1-1.

The drama in this summit clash was long overdue, but it arrived with a little over three minutes left on the clock. D'Costa lined up a shot from long range and blasted it at the Golazo far post, as Lalruatsanga chested it in from point-blank range.

Golazo, realising the paucity of time on their hands, went on an all-out attack, throwing on Sutar as a flying goalkeeper, and it worked instantly. Shabaz Rogangar sent in a precise low ball to the far post, as Sutar slipped in behind his marker to prod it in.

The two having cancelled each other out, the match went into extra time – two halves of five minutes each.

It was Corbett who dug deep with just 58 seconds of extra time left, to take the lead for one last time, the one goal that made them champions. Dcosta was the provider yet again, as he drilled a low ball into the far post, where Lalruatsanga poked it in from close range.

--IANS

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