Pune: Salgaocar beat Pune FC 2-0 in a 19th round I-League match, here on Saturday. Francis Fernandes struck twice in the 2nd & 45th minute respectively to settled the tie in the visitor's favour. With this loss Pune FC, stay jointly on 4th place with 30 points from 17 games while Salgaocar stay 11th with 17 points from 18 games.
The hosts were reduced to 10 men in the final moments of the game after defender Gurjinder Kumar received marching orders. The visitors took the lead inside two minutes when Francis controlled Randeep Singh's cross into the before slotting past Pune FC custodian Abhra Mondal.
The hosts soaked pressure in the first ten minutes before coming out of the shell to create their moves. Karma Tsewang's cross in from the left was headed straight into the keeper by striker Jeje Lalpekhlua. Minutes later, Jeje's attempt was once again was blocked by 'keeper Karanjit Singh after playmaker Douhou Pierre sent him through. The game turned more physical and Salgaocar's skipper Luciano Sobrosa was stretchered off to be replaced by Ojimi Obaiola.
Salgaocar doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time as Francis completed his brace. Ojimi's snapshot from the left was blocked by Abhra but the rebound fell for an onrushing Francis who scored.