Making a complete turnaround in the final thirty minutes of the game, Chinta Chandrasekhar Rao’s boys came back strongly with two goals down to settle for a draw in the final Group D game of I-League 3 between Diamond Harbour FC and Sporting Club Bengaluru. The draw meant both teams completing their group engagement with equal points but that ensured the Bengaluru team moving to the Final Round by the virtue of superior goal (+4) difference.
The Kolkata-based Diamond Harbour looked a better team on paper. They took the much-needed lead at the dying moments of first half via Carlos and just when the Sporting Club were planning for a comeback to the game, they conceded the second goal from a Tuhin Sikdar strike.
After changing ends, Sporting Club took control, Diamond Harbour looked fatigued, and failed to regain composure.
A smart header from a set-piece from experienced center back Prabin Tigga reduced the margin for Sporting. In the 81st minute of the game, Shaiborlang Kharpan brough much joy to the spectators with the equaliser that caught the Diamond Harbour defenders napping.
The other team from Bengaluru, who were in Group C and played their games in Goa finished third in their group.
Sporting Club Bengaluru will join the winners from other groups, Sporting Clube de Goa and Dempo Sports Club (Goa), KLASA FC (Manipur), and Kerala United FC (Kerala) in the final round of the I-League 3.