AFC cup: Mahindra lose to Dhofar Club

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Despite putting up a spirited fight, Mahindra United Mumbai lost 2-4 to Oman's Dhofar Club in an exciting match of the AFC Cup.

AFC cup: Mahindra lose to Dhofar Club

Dubai:

Despite putting up a spirited fight, Mahindra United Mumbai lost 2-4 to Oman's Dhofar Club in an exciting match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup, 2004 at the Salalah in Oman. Trailing by four goals, Mahindra came back strongly in the second half as Felix Aboagy and Raphael Patron scored one goal each to narrow the victory margin for the hosts on Wednesday night. Some one thousand fans turned up to watch the contest, which was telecast live by the Oman television. In the first leg match between the two sides at Margao, Goa in February, Mahindra had beaten Dhofar 2-1. Wednesday's match saw both the teams playing well in the initial stage but Dhofar drew first blood in the 25th minute.Before the half time whistle was blown, Dhofar added two more goals to their tally. The home side raced to a comfortable 4-0 lead within a minute of resumption soon after which Mahindra, who were needing just one point to move into the quarterfinals, rallied back strongly. Some poor decision by one of the referees marred India's prospects as the visitors were denied what appeared to be a clear penalty in the second half. The referee had earlier also awarded a dubious penalty to Dhofar Club. (PTI)



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