Aizawl FC beats Rajasthan United in I-League 2022–23

Aizawl, Feb 9 (IANS): Aizawl FC moved to the top half of the table after recording a 2-1 win against Rajasthan United in their I-League 2022–23 game at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, here on Thursday.

The People's Club looked all set to lose three points at one point in time, but they suddenly woke up to hammer two goals in the last 20 minutes to pick up the victory.

Aizawl FC moved to the top half of the table after recording a 2-1 win against Rajasthan United in their I-League 2022–23 game at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, here on Thursday.
After an early goal was scored by Rajasthan United's Aidar Mambetaliev, Aizawal's R Ramdinthara scored the equaliser in the 71st minute before substitute and debutant Ivan Veras headed in the winner in injury time.

Aizawl started the better of the two teams and went close to opening the score in the ninth minute. Khawlhring Lalmalsawma received the ball on the right before crossing it for R Lalthanmawia, who headed it towards the goal, in a move started by their captain Lalchhawnkima in his own half.

It, however, lacked power and was easily collected by the Rajasthan United custodian, Vishal Joon.

Aizawl continued their early dominance but Lalchhanhima Sailo gave away a free kick in the 17th minute, which led to the first goal. From the set piece, Rajasthan's Otabek Zokirov crossed the ball into the middle of the 18-yard area and Aidar Mambetaliev, who got away from his marker Akito Saito, placed the ball into the bottom corner.

Four minutes later, Sailo had a chance to redeem himself when the Mizo forward received a through pass from the midfield and with just the goalkeeper to beat, Sailo took his time to take his shot but was soon closed down by the goalscorer Mambetaliev, who eventually blocked the shot.

The Aizawl defence had a hard time dealing with the pace of the Rajasthan attack. By the end of the first half, defenders Lalchhawnkima, Saito and Zodingliana Ralte, all received yellow cards in their attempts to stop the Rajasthan forwards.

The second half began on a fast note. Aizawl FC head coach Caetano Pinho brought in Matias Veron for Sailo as the hosts charged for the equaliser. Rajasthan United, who had shifted to a counter-attack strategy, went close to doubling their lead twice.

In the 52nd minute, captain Lalliansanga Renthlei's shot went wide, while Zokirov pulled off a great save off a shot by Lalmuansanga from around 30 yards.

For the hosts, Lalthanmawia hit the post with his header following a corner kick in the 63rd minute and seven minutes later, R Ramdinthara brought the People's Club back into the game. From the left, Lalramsanga crossed the ball in the six-yard area, and it was met by Ramdinthara, who nudged the ball at the far post and into the back of the net.

After the scores were level, it became an end-to-end affair and with just a minute of regulation time left, substitute Ivan Veras nearly put the hosts in the lead. The Belarusian received the ball inside the box and took a shot that was off target.

Veras was back in the thick of things, deep into the injury period. He found the ball near the penalty spot following a cross from the right and this time, the forward made no mistake to send his header into the back of the net.

𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠. 𝐶𝑜𝑚, 𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑝𝑒𝑟, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑟, 𝑙𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑏𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑡𝑜𝑑𝑎𝑦, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑙, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑐𝑢𝑟𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑡𝑜𝑑𝑎𝑦, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑒𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑜𝑦𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑒𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑝𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑛 𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑖𝑠ℎ, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑖𝑠ℎ, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑡𝑜𝑑𝑎𝑦 𝑖𝑛 𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑖𝑠ℎ, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑗𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑙, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜 𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑝, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜 𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑜𝑠, 𝑚𝑖𝑧𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠, 𝑚𝑒𝑔ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑎𝑦𝑎 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠, 𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠, 𝑛𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠, 𝑠𝑖𝑘𝑘𝑖𝑚 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑝𝑢𝑟𝑎 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠.
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