Hero Super Cup 2018: Mumbai City star Everton Santos delighted to qualify for Round of 16

  • Mumbai City FC beat Indian Arrows to reach the pre-quarter finals of the Hero Super Cup 2018
  • Everton Santos scored a 104th minute winner for the club
  • The striker admitted that the Arrows played well above their expectations and had them in trouble at 0-1

While Day 1 of the Hero Super Cup 2018 was dominated by I-League sides, the second day clearly went to ISL representatives Mumbai City FC and ATK. Playing against an inspired Indian Arrows side on Friday (March 16), Mumbai City FC found themselves 0-1 down before rallying themselves to produce a memorable late revival and win the game 2-1 in extra time at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.

The Arrows were were on course to a famous Hero Super Cup 2018 qualifier win when Rahul KP gave the youngsters a well-deserved lead in the 76th minute before Achille Emana slotted in a penalty and equalised for Mumbai City FC in the 91st minute, sending the game into extra time. Mumbai City FC then showed their experience and took a lead in the 104th minute, with Everton Santos proving to be the match-winner for his team. In the process, the ISL club also a booked a pre-quarter final berth for themselves in the Hero Super Cup 2018.

It was a difficult game for Mumbai City FC, admits Everton Santos

After the final whistle went off in the Hero Super Cup 2018 qualifier, match-winner Everton Santos caught up with supercup.in and shared his thoughts on the match. Lauding the Arrows’ efforts, he said: “It was a very difficult game. Indian Arrows came hard at us, but my team kept the concentration and kept pushing. We were winning the second ball and we knew we could get the better of this team if we remained in it for longer. I am happy that we’re in the quarters now.”

Indian Arrows is a club comprising of the India U-19 national team boys and the Indian U-17 World Cup team, most of them emerging from the AIFF Academy. When asked about how it felt to be playing against such a young side, Everton Santos conceded that the Arrows had his side in trouble. “They played really well. They are a young and energetic side. They have a good touch and good ball control too. That put us in trouble. But I am happy that my team kept the concentration and saw the challenge through,” he stated.

“I am happy that I could contribute. It was important for the team. Now, we will rest for a while and start preparing for the next tie,” the 31-year-old Brazilian striker signed off.

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