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Mahindra takes full points

MARGAO, APRIL 11. Exploiting Salgaocar's momentary defensive lapse, Mahindra United staged a superb comeback to register a 2-1 win in the eighth National Football League at the Nehru Stadium here today.

Salgaocar, which is hovering around the relegation zone, went for the kill right from kick-off and grabbed the initiative early in the second half when Tomba Singh's 40-yard strike left Mahindra's custodian stranded.

The local outfit dominated the visitor throughout the first half and could have scored at least a couple of more goals had Jitin Bist not missed sitters.

Mahindra was kept on a tight leash by the rival defence which did not allow it room in the danger zone. However, an error by the Salgaocar defence allowed Raphael Patron Akakpo to equalise before the break. Abhishek Yadav added to the Mahindra tally, breaking the off-side trap to score the winner in the 52nd minute.

The Mumbai outfit is now in third place with 30 points from 17 matches while the Durand Cup champion, Salgaocar, remained in ninth place with 18 points. — PTI

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