Durand Cup: Gokulam Kerala win to remain in semifinals hunt

Durand Cup: Gokulam Kerala win to remain in semifinals hunt
Gokulam Kerala's Shibil Muhammed (L) celebrates scoring a goal during the Durand Cup match against Indian Airforce.
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Kolkata: Marcus Joseph's brace helped Gokulam Kerala FC beat Indian Airforce 3-0 in the 129th Durand Cup at the Sailen Manna Stadium, here on Wednesday.

Gokulam's Trinidad and Tobago playmaker Joseph did the maximum damage, striking a double (43rd, 87th) while Shibil Muhammed scored in the 56th minute.

Joseph had struck a hat-trick in their 4-0 win over Indian Super League franchise Chennaiyin FC, their second successive win taking them to the top of the Group D table.

A draw against I-League debutants from Manipur, TRAU FC, on August 18 will be enough for the Kerala outfit to seal a semifinal berth.

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