The Indian Arrows, in their third I-League 2019-20 encounter at the Cooperage Stadium in Mumbai, will take on second-placed Punjab FC on Tuesday, March 3. The match will be broadcast LIVE on 1sports and streamed online LIVE on the 1sports Facebook page and FanCode App from 5pm IST onwards.
Punjab FC are coming into the game on the back of a draw against Gokulam Kerala FC, which hampered their chase for the title after Mohun Bagan extended their lead at the top of the table with a 3-1 win over TRAU on Sunday.
The Warriors, who are now trailing the Mariners by 13 points, had got the better of the young Indian Arrows by a 1-0 scoreline when the two teams last met in Ludhiana.
Their striker Dipanda Dicka is on the cusp of making a piece of history of his own as he sits only a strike away from completing a half-century of goals in the I-League. The Cameroonian was also the solitary goal scorer for Punjab in the draw against Gokulam Kerala FC.
Speaking before the match, Punjab FC head coach Yan Law said, “Our match against Gokulam Kerala didn’t go as expected. Both teams missed their chances and we couldn’t defend our lead. We are disappointed with the result but we are not giving up hope. Mohun Bagan haven’t won the league yet and it’s mathematically possible for us to take the top spot. So we will keep fighting till the last match and hope for the best.”
He also spoke about playing in Mumbai as it is their first time in the season for his team. Law said, “Mumbai is a fantastic place to play. The fans are brilliant and the atmosphere absolutely electrifying. The Arrows are a very organized young team who keep causing their opposition all sorts of problems for the entire 90 minutes.”
“We have to take this game very seriously as nothing less than three points will do for us,” he added.
The Indian Arrows, after losing the first two games by margins of 1-3 and 0-2 in Mumbai, would be hoping for a better show on Tuesday.
Indian Arrows goalkeeper Samik Mitra commented on his experience with the Arrows and the growth that he has experienced in the last few months, saying, “It is a great honour and opportunity to be a part of the Indian Arrows team. It has certainly helped me improve my game. Playing in the I-League across India against top-quality professionals has taught us a lot and all the players in our team have grown as players.”
Mitra also commented, “Punjab FC is a very good side and are second on the points table. They have many experienced players, few who have played for India in the past as well, along with a good bunch of youngsters. Our game against them in Ludhiana was a really hard-fought one and we are expecting another tough match. We will give our 100% and go for the three points.”