Displaying an attacking game of football, the airmen rally from a one-goal deficit to win 4-2. Air India was down by 2-1 in the lemon break. The second-half was altogether a different story, when they pumped 3 more goals.
The hosts were quick enough to open the account, thanks to a great combination from the flank from Bijoy Das and Vinoth Kumar, the later put up a cross for Malamnganba Meitei, and Malamnganba header made a right connection to the goal.
Air India equalized in the 8th minute through a Manjit Singh free kick.
HAL again took the lead in the 20th minute from an attack from striker Abdullah Hamza-Aleksandar Sujdovic duo. With a one-on-one situation, Aleksandar beat the keeper and gave his team a 2-1 lead.
After changing half, both the team started playing attacking football. Airmen were quick enough to equalize, again from an excellent set-piece free kick from Indian international Manjit Singh. Nigerian striker gave them the lead in the 75th minute from a corner.
It was Sandesh Gadkari, who came in as a replacement put the final nail in the host’s coffin in the dying minutes of the match.