Late Drama Unfolds as Dimitrios Petratos Secures Thrilling Victory for Mohun Bagan

last-minute heroics propel Mohun Bagan Super Giant to victory over Hyderabad FC in the Kalinga Super Cup thriller.

In a heart-stopping encounter at the Kalinga Stadium, Dimitrios Petratos emerged as the hero for Mohun Bagan Super Giant (MBSG), netting a dramatic injury-time winner from the penalty spot to secure their second consecutive win in Group A of the Kalinga Super Cup on January 14, 2024.

Facing a resilient Hyderabad FC, Mohun Bagan found themselves trailing early in the game as Ramhlunchhunga capitalized on a defensive miscommunication to put the visitors ahead in the sixth minute. Despite controlling possession, the Kolkata giants struggled to break down the Hyderabad defense, with Petratos’ free-kick being the only notable chance in the first half.

Hyderabad FC, playing with an all-Indian side, showcased their threat on the counter, with Abdul Rabeeh A K testing the MBSG goalkeeper in the 25th minute. Man of the Match, Chhunga, spearheaded Hyderabad’s attack, creating several opportunities in the first half.

As Mohun Bagan intensified their efforts in the second half, Hyderabad defended resolutely, with goalkeeper Kattimani making crucial saves. Mariners’ relentless pressure finally paid off when substitute Jeremy inadvertently scored an own goal, leveling the score in the 88th minute.

The late-game drama reached its pinnacle as Mohun Bagan earned a penalty in the 90th minute after Boumous was fouled by Zothanpuia. Petratos, known for his reliability, calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner, securing a last-gasp 2-1 victory and breaking Hyderabad FC’s hearts.

With this win, Mohun Bagan maintains a perfect record in Group A, accumulating six points from two matches. Meanwhile, Hyderabad FC faces an uphill battle, virtually out of the competition after back-to-back defeats. The thrilling encounter showcased the resilience of the Kolkata giants and Petratos’ match-winning prowess, leaving fans eagerly anticipating their next fixture in the Kalinga Super Cup.

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