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'It was a proud moment for me,' claims Rahul Bheke after helping Mumbai City create history in AFC Champions League

Arjun Singh Devgan
Rahul Bheke scored the winner for Mumbai City in a historic win in the AFC Champions League
Rahul Bheke scored the winner for Mumbai City in a historic win in the AFC Champions League / ISL
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Mumbai City FC star, Rahul Bheke has opened up on helping his club create history in the AFC Champions League, after the defender led his side to a 2-1 win over Iraq's, Al Quwa Al Jawiya on Tuesday, 11 April.

Bheke scored a thunderous header in the 75th minute of the game in what turned out to be the winner for Mumbai City, thereby becoming the first Indian footballer to score a goal in the AFC Champions League.

Bheke's 75th-minute header against Iraq's Al Quwa Al Jawiya (Air Force Club) also ensured that Mumbai created history by becoming the first Indian club to win an AFC Champions League (ACL) match, Asia's premier club footballing competition.

"It is really special because I scored for my hometown team and at the stage where no other Indian has. I'm thrilled that we're the first Indian club to win an ACL game. To come back to play for a Mumbai club after six years and score a goal at such a big stage is.... a proud moment for me and I will make sure to build on this," Bheke said to ESPN on the importance of the moment.

Bheke who is traditionally a right-back primarily plays as a left centre-back for Buckingham's Mumbai City, believes that the win has given the side a license to dream of making it past the group stage. Mumbai are currently placed second in Group B, below Saudi Arabia's Al Shabab.

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