Male (Maldives), November 7: Indian Super League side Odisha FC came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Maziya Sports & Recreation of Maldives 3-2 in a Group D away match of the AFC Cup here on Tuesday. The win kept Odisha's hopes of advancing to the Inter-Zone semifinals of the AFC Cup (the continent's second-tier club competition) alive while the defeat left Maziya on the ropes. Al-Duhail vs Al-Nassr Live Streaming Online, AFC Champions League 2023-24: Get Match Free Telecast Time in IST and TV Channels To Watch Football Match in India

Maziya took the lead in the second minute, following a fine team move with Aisam dribbling his way into the Odisha box before laying off for Naiz Hassan, who scored with a simple finish. Odisha, who defeated Maziya 6-1 in the home fixture, came close to scoring in the seventh minute when Lalthathanga Khawlhring burst into the area before setting up Cy Goddard, who sent his shot wide.

Odisha's Roy Krishna then saw his effort blocked in the 12th minute. The Indian side, however, suffered another jolt in the 25th minute when they conceded a penalty following Mourtada Fall's tackle on Vojislav Balabanovic, who coolly converted from the spot.

Maziya dominated the rest of the half and came close to scoring again in the 42nd minute when Balabanovic set up Hamza Mohamed, whose shot forced a save from Odisha keeper Amrinder Singh. Odisha came back fighting in the second half. They reduced the margin in the 65th minute off a corner kick with Mourtada Fall nodding home Ahmed Jahouh's cross.

The goal spurred Odisha further as they leveled the tie in the 72nd minute with Jahouh sending a fine cross for Diego Maurício to head home from inside the six-yard box. Odisha completed the comeback in the 85th minute with Krishna netting the winning goal. Cristiano Ronaldo Unties Injured Teammate's Shoelaces Directly With His Mouth During Al-Nassr vs Al-Duhail AFC Champions League 2023–24 Match, Video Goes Viral

Odisha faces another Indian side Mohun Bagan on November 27 in Kolkata, while Maziya meets Bangladesh's Bashundhara Kings on the same day in Dhaka.

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