Eddie Hernandez scored the winner in the 71st minute as Mohammedan Sporting defeated Rajasthan United FC for a fine 2-1 win in the I-League 2023-24 at the Deccan Arena on Saturday. For Mohammedan Sporting, Bikash Singh Sagolsem and Eddie Hernandez were the scorers. Ragav Gupta reduced the margin for Rajasthan United. The win helped Mohammedan Sporting leapfrog Gokulam Kerala to the top of the points table, albeit temporarily. They now have 13 points from five matches, including four wins and a draw. Rajasthan United are languishing in the 12th spot with three points from five matches. This was the Kolkata side’s third win on the trot. Indian Football Team Beats Kuwait 1-0 in FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers; Manvir Singh's Solitary Goal Helps Blue Tigers Start Campaign With Victory.

Rajasthan United started the match on an attacking note and created a flurry of chances. However, the profligacy of the forwards meant that they couldn’t find the net in the first half. Mohammedan Sporting, on the other hand, struggled initially and took time to settle down. They missed the services of Argentinian forward, Alexis Gomez, and Uzbekistan midfielder, Mirjalol Kasimov, both of whom were suspended for the match.

However, Mohammedan Sporting capitalised on the chances they created and took the lead in the added time of the first half. Salam Ranjan Singh delivered a cross from the right. Wahengbam Angousana Luwang laid it off in the path of Sagolsem, who easily slotted it past Rajasthan United goalkeeper Bhabindra Malla Thakuri for Mohammedan’s first goal.

Rajasthan United regrouped during the break and tried their best to make a comeback in the second half. However, it was Mohammedan Sporting who extended the lead in the 71st minute. Wahengbam Angousana Luwang initiated the move as the midfielder made a dashing run before giving a lateral defence-splitting pass to Hernandez. The forward hit a powerful shot which found Thakuri stranded.  I-League 2023–24: Rosenberg Gabriel’s Brace Not Enough As Sreenidi Deccan Held to 2–2 Draw by Shillong Lajong.

Rajasthan United found a consolation goal in the dying minutes of the match. Ragav Gupta hit a long ranger from outside the box to score a brilliant goal. However, it was too little, too late.

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