Xtra Time Web Desk: An extra time strike from Edu Bedia saw FC Goa beat local favorites Mohammedan Sporting in the 2021 Durand Cup Final at Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday. Bedia scored the all-important fixed play goal in the 105th minute to silence the 34,000 spectators in the stadium. With the win, FC Goa coach Juan Ferrando won his first ever trophy on Indian soil.
Both teams started offensively; they failed to hold the property for any length of time. The first shot of the match came from Marcus Joseph in the third minute, but it was wayward. Shortly afterwards, FC Goa created a chance, but a mix-up between Nemil and Romario in the penalty area led to an easy save for the Mohammedan SC goalkeeper.
FC Goa’s Romario had the best chance of the half when the mohammedan defense was completely foxed by a cross from Sanson Pereira from the left wing. But Romario shot the shot wide of the goal post. In the second half FC Goa dominated possession, but that did not result in any concrete opportunities because they lost the ball far too easily in the last third. There were some moments of excitement in the last few minutes.
With a score of 0-0 at the end of regular time, the final went into extra time. FC Goa were awarded a free kick after 105 minutes for a foul by Milan Singh just outside Mohammedan Sporting’s penalty area. A brilliant free kick from FC Goa captain Edu Bedia saw The Gaurs take the lead.