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Aizwal Surpassed Bengaluru In Every Department : Khalid Jamil

Thursday, 16 February 2017|John Zothansanga
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Aizawl FC coach Khalid Jamil said his side deserved to beat Bengaluru FC after the Mizoram-based club were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw thanks to a Sunil Chhetri piledriver at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl on Wednesday.

Brandon VL Remdika helped the hosts take the lead in the 40th minute but only for Sunil Chhetri to cancel out after five minutes with a superb long ranger. The Indian national team captain wasted a great chance of taking the lead when his penalty was denied by Albino Gomes.

The draw leaves the People's club at three on the league table with nine games remaining but Khalid was still disappointed that they didn't get maximum points.

"We kept the situation under control, and also created many chances. We beat them in every department. Mentally, physically, tactically, in every way we were stronger than them. It is a shame we could not walk away with the three points," he said.

When asked about the referring decisions throughout the match the former Mumbai FC coach refused to comment on it, but can be seenfuming after the expected three points were sunk by some controversial match referring.

"I am no one to judge the referee's decisions. But, sometimes I feel pity for my players and my coaching staff. They all work very hard, they tried their best, but sometimes all the hard work gets blown away by things which we can't control," he concluded.

It must be noted that Aizawl FC have conceded penalties against Mohun Bagan, Shillong Lajong (two times), Churchill Brothers, Chennai City and Bengaluru FC.

Albert Roca, the Bengaluru coach was no different to Khalid Jamil when asked about his opinion on the result. "We deserved to win three points. We started well with fury, pressing, and commitment. But sometimes, the ball just doesn’t get into the net. This is football, sometimes you have to settle for one point even if you deserved the maximum points,"

"The penalty was the right decision, in fact, we should have been awarded at least four penalties in the game," he signed off.