: Joaquim Abranches’s late strike helped Dempo Sports Club score a solitary goal win over a spirited Air India in an I-League tie played at the Nehru Stadium here on Saturday. The all-important goal was scored by Abranches in the 90th minute off a pass from substitute Romeo Fernandes.

Dempofailed to dominate the midfield in the absence of midfielders Climax Lawerence and Rohan Rickett. The second half was lively and Dempo twice had opportunities to take the lead. But a Ryuji Suoeka tap in from close range from a Clifford Miranda cross was kept out by rival keeper Sukhwinder Singh. Abranches followed the ball on the left, but his shot came off the far post before the ball rolled back into the arms of the Air India keeper.

Air India’s Junior had an opportunity to score, but headed straight into the hands of rival keeper Tyson Caidao. Both teams introduced fresh pairs of legs to break the deadlock and Dempo finally scored in the 90th minute through Joaquim Abranches after Peter Carvalho failed to direct his header on target from substitute Romeo Fernandes’ cross.

The results : Dempo SC 1 (Joaquim Abranches 90) bt Air India 0.

At Pune : Pune FC 2 (James Moga 1, 68) drew with United Sikkim 2 (D.G. Attivi 25, Safar Sardar 27).

At Shillong: Shillong Lajong 0 lost to Churchill Brothers 1 (Moghrabi 90+3). — Agencies

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