Valencia fight back to draw against Mohun

Club Valencia of The Maldives and Indian side Mohun Bagan drew 1-1 on Tuesday in the AFC Cup South Zone play-offs in Male.

The opening goal came early in the first half for The Mariners through Darryl Duffy and the equaliser came late in the game when Valencia scored via a 73rd-minute Godfrey West Omodu penalty kick to make it 1-1 after Subhasish Bose handled the ball in the area. 

The visitors took the lead after five minutes when Prabir Das made a darting run down the right and crossed the ball finding Duffy to just poke it into the net from close to make it 1-0. 

As the half went on Mohun controlled the possession, looking good with the ball.

In the 55th minute, Mohun striker Balwant Singh had a chance to score but headed straight at the keeper off a great cross by Raynier Fernandes from the left.

Two minutes later Bikramjit Singh nearly doubled the visitors lead when his fierce shot hit the crossbar.

Then in the 73rd-minute things were all square when Valencia were awarded a penalty after Bose handled in the area. Omodu stepped up and scored giving Shilton no chance to make it 1-1.

Mohun nearly got a late winner when Prabir set up midfielder Katsumi Yusa but his shot went over the bar.

The result means that the second leg fixture of the AFC Cup playoff round is still all to play for at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium next Tuesday. The away goal for Mohun Bagan will be vital in their hope of claiming an AFC Cup Group E place.

The sides that have already qualified for Group E are JSW Bengaluru FC of India, Maldivian champions Maziya Sports & Recreation and Bangladesh's Abahani Limited Dhaka.