Md Sporting reach Fed Cup final

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Mohammedan Sporting reached the final of the Tata Federation Cup final, beating Mohun Bagan 5-4 via tie-breaker after a marathon struggle.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Mohammedan Sporting broke a 14-year jinx to reach the final of the Tata Federation Cup final pipping city rivals Mohun Bagan 5-4 via tie breaker after a marathon struggle on Tuesday. Seasoned Bagan medio Basudeb Mondal shot the crucial fifth penalty wide to end his side's campaign in the tournament and send Sporting to the final, which will be played on August 9. The shoot-out had to be resorted to as both sides finished goalless after regulation 90 minutes and half-an-hour of extra time also failed to break the deadlock. Hussain Mustafi, Amandeep Singh, Amjad Ali Khan, L Akbar Singh and Arjan Ali converted the penalties for Sporting while Jose Barreto, Renedy Singh, Marcos Pereira and Sunil Chhetri found the mark for Bagan, before substitute Mondal played the villain. Sporting's last final appearance in the tournament was way back in 1989, where they finished runners-up to Salgaocar. (PTI)

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