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Late comeback earns Aizawl crucial point in Srinagar

By The Assam Tribune

SRINAGAR, Feb 29: Relegation-threatened Aizawl FC pulled off a spectacular come-from-behind 2-2 draw against hosts Real Kashmir FC in the I-League here on Saturday.

The Snow Leopards were given the lead by Scotsman Mason Robertson (36th minute) in the first half and it was looking quite comfortable for the hosts after Englishman Kallum Higginbotham (54th) doubled it at the beginning of the second.

However, young Rochharzela (84th and 87th) had other ideas, coming up with a double-strike in the space of three minutes to stun the home supporters present in the stands.

School children, dressed in their uniform, turned up at the TRC Ground to cheer their home team.

Kashmir join the likes of Chennai City and Churchill Brothers on 19 points to enter the top five at least momentarily after 13 games, while Aizawl secure a crucial point to climb just above the relegation zone with 16 points from 14 matches. Aizawl continued their trend of scoring late as Hero of the Match Rochharzela�s twin strikes were their seventh and eighth goals scored in the last 15 minutes this season.

Aizawl had as much as 68 percent possession in the first half and three corners as compared to Kashmir�s none, and were looking enterprising with their passing game. But, it was the home side that got the all-important goal.

It came from coach David�s son Mason, who can now easily be called Kashmir�s most lethal scorer with six goals to his name already this season.

The scoring opportunity came through an error from Aizawl�s Lalhmangaihkima, who started in place of Jonathan.

Kima received a loose ball outside his own box with an open field in front of him to initiate a counter but needlessly handled the ball. From the resultant set-piece, Robertson unleashed a right-footer around the wall and into the Aizawl net. Keeper Zothanmawia scrambled haplessly to get a hand to it but the shot had too much power. � PTI

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