Indian Football

Edu Bedia scores extra-time winner as FC Goa clinch Durand Cup

Ali Shibil Roshan
FC Goa won the Durand Cup 2021
FC Goa won the Durand Cup 2021 / Pacific Press/Getty Images

Edu Bedia's free-kick goal in the extra time of the match proved to be the winner as FC Goa defeated Mohammedan Sporting 1-0 to become the champions of Durand Cup.

The game had gone to extra time after the two sides battled it out for glory without any goals in the normal time - Milan Singh did put the ball in the back of the net in the 35th minute, but it did not count as the referee had already blown the whistle for a foul.

Both teams had struggled to carve their opponent open and create clear-cut chances in the first-half, and it was a similar story after the break as the scoreline remained 0-0 at the end of the normal time.

Things, though, changed in the extra-time as Bedia struck to put Goa in the lead in the 105th minute of the final. The 32-year-old midfielder curled home a free-kick, finding the right corner of the Mohammedan post.

Mohammedan tried to claw their way back into the game in the second-half of the extra-time, but to no avail as Goa protected their lead to win the Durand Cup, the oldest football tournament in Asia, for the first time in the club's history.