Then in the 64th minute midfielder Gilbert Oliveira would make it 3-0 for Salgaocar. Al Arouba was beaten by then but their striker Danilo Texeira would score off a penalty in the 81st minute after he had been brought down by defender Augostinho Fernandes.
It ended 3-1 for Salgaocar SC’s first win which brought them level on points with Al Arouba, who were also eliminated from the AFC Cup while Al Wehdat from Jordan and Uzbek’s Neftchi FC move into the pre-quarterfinal phase.
“Football is not only about quality, it is also about character, and today my boys have excelled and performed wonderfully in all the departments like speed, fitness and technical abilities,” said a delighted coach Karim Bencherifa.
“However, I have mixed feelings as we held our head high with some good performances but at the same time we are out of contention for the next round. Our target now will be to not to finish at the bottom of the table,” Karim added.
Published with permission from Arunava about Football.