Kalyani (West Bengal), April 9 (UNI): The reigning champions Gokulam Kerala on Saturday handed Indian Arrows their heaviest loss of the season and in the process reclaimed top position in the I-League table, here, at the Kalyani Stadium.
Ahmed Waseem Razeek, Sharif M Mohammad, Luka Majcen, Jithin M.S. and Thahir Zaman were on target for Gokulam as they humbled Indian Arrows 5-0. With their high-pressing, the Indian Arrows got off to a fast start. They also did well in the early stages of the game by denying their opponents any time on the ball.
In the sixth minute, Sharif Mohammad attempted to generate an opportunity for his team by blasting a free-kick toward Aminou Bouba, but the Cameroonian was unable to keep the ball in play. Lalchhanhima Sailo created an early opportunity for Shanmugam Venkatesh’s side by setting up Satendra Yadav with a sneaky pass but the latter’s effort sailed wide.
Waseem Razeek netted his first goal for Malabarians just nine minutes after making his debut as Gokulam Kerala went one up. Luka Majcen set up the ball for the Sri Lankan after seeing him inside the area and Razeek did not make any errors as he smashed the ball across the goal line.
Arrows boosted their effort in the midfield after conceding the first goal as Sibajit Singh tried his luck from beyond the box in the 13th minute, but his shot flew over the bar. Although they were up, Gokulam Kerala continued to generate chances in search of their second goal.