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Durand Cup 2022 LIVE: Greg Stewart hat-trick takes Mumbai City FC to Durand Cup semi-finals, check

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Durand Cup 2022 LIVE: Mumbai City beat Chennaiyin – Scotland striker Greg Stewart scored a brilliant hat-trick as Mumbai City FC triumphed over…

Durand Cup 2022 LIVE: Mumbai City beat Chennaiyin- Scotland striker Greg Stewart hit a brilliant hat-trick as Mumbai City FC overcame Chennaiyin FC 5-3 in extra time in a thrilling quarter-final to storm into the semi-finals of the Durand Cup football tournament on Sunday. Follow Durand Cup 2022 Live updates on InsideSport.IN

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Durand Cup 2022 LIVE: Greg Stewart hat-trick takes Mumbai City FC to Durand Cup semi-finals after eight-goal thriller, check

Stewart scored in the 40th, 100th and 118th minutes while Lallianzuala Chhangte got a brace in the 78th and 94th minutes for the Mumbai side at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.

Croatian striker Petar Sliskovic (59th), Jockson Dhas (89th) and Rahim Ali (112th) scored for Chennaiyin. The Islanders face Mohammedan Sporting in the first semi-final at the same venue on Wednesday.

Chennaiyin’s Ghanaian striker Kwame Karikari was injured and had to be replaced by Rahim Ali in the 19th minute of the match. The first goal of the game came from a penalty for Mumbai when Ahmed Jahouh played Amay Ranawade through inside the box and goalkeeper Debjit brought him down. Stewart took the kick and although Debjit guessed right and got his hands on it, he couldn’t stop the ball from going into the net.

Chennaiyin gaffer Tomas Brdaric came on for Ninthoi in place of Edwin Vanspaul at half-time and it turned out to be an inspired substitution.

The first goal came just before the hour mark. Ninthoi got the assist with a wonderful lifted ball played into the box in anticipation of Sliskovic’s run. The Croatian got in front of Rostyn Griffiths and directed a powerful header past a diving Lachenpa at the near post.

Durand Cup 2022 LIVE: Greg Stewart hat-trick takes Mumbai City FC to Durand Cup semi-finals after eight-goal thriller, check

Mumbai coach Des Buckingham made his move by bringing in Mourtada Fall for the first time in the season and Gurkirat in place of Mehtab and Rippol. Brdaric also replaced Aakash Sangwan with Sajid Dhot.

Mumbai probably thought they had the winner thanks to a Stewart masterclass in the middle of the Chennaiyin half in the 78th minute. He sauntered around before running towards the box and drawing defenders in towards him, then released Bipin Singh on the left.

Bipin’s cross was cleared by Debjit, but only until a lurking Chhangte got in at the far post. The tournament’s highest scorer so far made no mistake as he easily took his sixth of the tournament.

Brdaric then made another substitution which again paid off as he brought on Jockson Dhas for Sajal Bag.
With a minute of normal time remaining, Ninthoi, keeping busy on the right flank, delivered another inviting floater inside the box. Fall was the first to meet it, but his clearing header only went as far as Jockson lurking at the far post. The substitute knocked it down and unleashed a powerful right-footed volley which dented the back of the net.

Durand Cup 2022 LIVE: Greg Stewart hat-trick takes Mumbai City FC to Durand Cup semi-finals after eight-goal thriller, check

Both Stewart and Ninthoi also had chances for themselves in stoppage time, but normal time ended 2-2. However, Chhangte was at it again in the fourth minute of the first half of extra time. Stewart took the free kick after Gurkirat
was fouled and the latter’s header found its way to Mourtada Fall at the far post. He volleyed back towards the center of the six-yard box and Chhangte was in the right place unmarked to head it past Debjit. It was his seventh goal in the Durand Cup.

Stewart got his second goal of the game and fifth of the tournament in the 100th minute. He went off on one of his solo square runs inside the infield and feigned two attempts at a shot before getting left-footed in the third to beat Debjit comprehensively.

If Mumbai thought the game had been put to rest, they would be in for a surprise. CFC were awarded a corner kick in the second half of extra time and Thapa delivered the sure ball. After a couple of touches, the ball fell to Duker, who drew a shot but cleverly passed to Rahim to his left. The Indian striker rattled the net with a thunderous strike.

With CFC chasing the game furiously, it was Stewart who finally sealed the deal for the Islanders. On a counter, Chhangte found Stewart’s run and played him on. The Scot, with a marker on his shoulder, pulled away and slotted his preferred left foot past a diving Debjit to complete a well-deserved hat-trick and his sixth of the Durand Cup.

Durand Cup 2022 LIVE: Greg Stewart hat-trick takes Mumbai City FC to Durand Cup semi-finals after eight-goal thriller, check

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