Real Kashmir FC Draw 2-2 Against Sudeva Delhi In I-League

2nd half changes by Sudeva coach Mehrajuddin Wadoo bear fruit

NAIHATI (West Bengal)- Sudeva Delhi FC produced an inspired second-half display to overcome a two-goal deficit and eke out a fighting 2-2 draw against fancied Real Kashmir FC in their I-League match here on Tuesday.

A first-half brace from Tiago Adan gave Real Kashmir a two-goal lead at the break, but a fine second half comeback saw Sudeva Delhi take away a point from the contest, thanks to goals from Sreyas V G and Seithenlang Lotjem.

Real Kashmir FC got off to a fantastic start by taking the lead through Brazilian frontman Tiago Adan as early as the second minute.

With the ball in his possession on the edge of the Sudeva Delhi box, Pratesh Shirodkar shaped to shoot at first, but ended up playing a delightfully weighted clipped pass for Tiago Adan.

Adan made a clever run in space behind the Sudeva Delhi defence and calmly slotted the ball into the far corner with his first touch.

Sudeva made a steady recovery despite the early setback and saw plenty of the ball in the opposition half.

Sudeva Delhi had another scare in the 23rd minute when Tiago Adan's cross from the left came off the woodwork, bamboozling Sachin Jha at goal.

If his previous effort left room for interpretation, in his next attempt in the 39th minute, Brazilian Tiago Adan got his second goal of the match.

After his initial through pass was blocked, the ball ricocheted back into the path of Adan, who produced an instinctive snapshot from 20 yards that beat Sachin Jha all ends up and curled beautifully inside the far post.

Sudeva Delhi coach Mehrajuddin Wadoo made a number of changes in the second half and the renewed vigour paid dividends in the 51st minute when substitute Sreyas pulled one goal back.

Sreyas was played through inside the box, but defender Lalchhawnkima was first to reach the loose ball. The ball could have been easily cleared away from the danger area, but Sreyas stuck to his task and out-muscled the defender to bear down on goal and send a low and hard finish past Niraj Kumar in the Real Kashmir goal.

The game continued along the same pattern in the second half, with Sudeva Delhi holding plenty of ball possession, and the Snow Leopards defending resolutely to keep their lead intact.

As the contest boiled down to the final minutes, Sudeva Delhi's perseverance earned them an equaliser in the 91st minute.

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