Mangala Club outwit Classic Football Academy in final matchup of group stage to qualify to semis
10 Nov 2021

AIFF Media Team

NEW DELHI: Mangala Club was the final team to complete the semifinal line-up of the Hero Futsal Club Championship 2021-22, having trounced Classic Football Academy 6-4 in the final match of the group stage. With that win, the side from Odisha booked their ticket to the final four of the tournament. They will now lock horns with Delhi FC in the second semifinal on Friday (November 12, 2021).

Coming into the tie, Classic Football Academy needed only one point to top the group, whereas Mangala needed an out-and-out win to make it to the final four.

Classic Football Academy had a blistering start to the match, having scored two quickfire goals within the first 10 minutes through Ganningam Malangmei. He completed his hat-trick within minutes, but the Odisha outfit breached the Manipuri defence twice in between.

Bapuni Bindhani and Babul Kumar Rout were on the scoresheet for Mangala FC to leave the fate of the match hanging on tenterhooks at the halfway mark. Classic Football Academy were leading the tie 3-2 at the lemon break.

Mangala came out with renewed vigour and finesse as Babul completed his brace seconds within the resumption. It was 3-3, all level on the scoreboard!

Chungkham put Classic Football Academy back on track once again before leaking back-to-back goals, as Mangala skipper Dinanbandhu Das netted the goals. MAngala were awarded a penalty as Classic goalkeeper Charan Singh was adjudged to have committed a foul inside the area. Dinabandhu duly converted the penalty to put Mangala in the driver’s seat with seven minutes to go.

Mangala were mounting the pressure on their opposition and Samson fouled Bapuni closer to the half-line in the 35th minute. Samson got the marching orders and Mangala earned a 10-meter kick, only to see Dinabandhu miss the target.

Classic Football Academy were trying tooth and nail to find the elusive equaliser but, in the process, Mangala had the last laugh three and half minutes to the final whistle. Dinabandhu, Babul and Bapuni were on the move in a swift counter-attack against only one defender. Dinabandhu rolled it to Babul and the number 9 made no mistake to double their lead, thus securing the points and a semi-final spot for Mangala Club.

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