Bagan, Mahindra draw 1-1

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Mohun Bagan and Mahindra United played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw on Tuesday in the Osian Durand Cup in New Delhi.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
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New Delhi:

Mohun Bagan's Brazilian talisman Jose Ramirez Barreto scored for his present as well as former clubs on Tuesday as the Kolkata outfit played a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Mahindra United which left both teams just a step away from the semifinals of the Osian Durand Cup. Barreto put the Kolkata giants ahead with an opportunistic strike in the 22nd minute. But his attempted clearance off a James Singh corner found his own net in the 48th minute. Ironically, Barreto had turned out for the Mumbai outfit last year when they did the double by winning the National Football League and the Federation Cup. In another match, Sporting Clube de Goa edged past Air India 1-0 on the back of a 72nd-minute goal by Nigerian Macpherlin Dudu. Mahindra started as the brighter of the two sides and had the larger share of the possession. Bagan came close when a snap shot by Dipendu Biswas was deflected off Peter Siddiqui and it needed a brilliant diving save by Mahindra keeper Amit Nandy to push the ball past the post. But the team from the eastern metropolis went ahead when a corner from Chinmoy Sarkar was not cleared effectively by defender Rauf Khan, allowing Barreto to control the ball and shoot into the bottom left corner. The goal gave Bagan a lift and they seemed more assured after that. (PTI)

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