SRINAGAR: In a heart-pounding display of skill and determination, Real Kashmir FC clinched a stunning 3-2 victory against Sreenidi Deccan FC in a gripping I-League showdown held at Hyderabad. This triumph not only catapulted Real Kashmir to the second spot in the league standings but also fueled their relentless pursuit of the coveted I-League title.

Real Kashmir Football Club players and Indian Arrows Football Club players in action during a Hero I-League match, in Srinagar on Monday, February 24, 2020.
KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The match, brimming with anticipation, saw Real Kashmir FC dominate the first half, seizing control with a brilliant left-footed strike by Gnohere Krizo, expertly assisted by Henry Kisekka just before halftime. With a one-goal lead heading into the break, the RKFC fans erupted with jubilation.

However, the intensity soared in the second half as Sreenidi Deccan FC staged a remarkable comeback, capitalizing on a defensive lapse to level the scoreline through Rilwan Olanrewaju Hassan’s precise finish in the 58th minute. Moments later, Hassan struck again, sending shockwaves through the Real Kashmir camp.

But the resilience of Real Kashmir FC shone through as they swiftly responded to the adversity. In a stroke of brilliance, Ifham Tariq Mir delivered a perfectly executed lob from a free-kick, leaving the Sreenidi Deccan goalkeeper helpless as the ball sailed over his head, nestling into the net to equalize the score.

With the match hanging in the balance, Real Kashmir FC summoned their grit and determination, pushing forward relentlessly. Their efforts bore fruit in the dying moments of the game when Eli Sabia brought down Krizo inside the box, resulting in a penalty. Krizo stepped up to the spot and coolly converted, sealing a dramatic victory for Real Kashmir FC.

Led by the visionary local coach Ishfaq Ahmad, Real Kashmir FC has captured the hearts of fans across the nation with their spirited performances. Notably, the team boasts a roster primarily composed of Kashmiri players, symbolising the indomitable spirit and talent thriving within the region.

With this exhilarating win, Real Kashmir FC has firmly entrenched themselves in the title race, amassing 33 points from 17 matches and narrowing the gap with league leaders Mohammedan Sporting. As the season progresses, the fervent supporters of Real Kashmir FC eagerly anticipate more moments of glory as their beloved team marches towards championship glory.

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