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ISL: Unlucky FC Pune's Israil Gurung gets lucky

FC Pune City player Israil Gurung admitted that he had his luck to thank last night for his goal, the hosts' third against Mumbai City FC at Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex's, Balewadi Stadium in Pune. Gurung's attempted pass into the Mumbai box in the 68th minute took a deflection off Keegan Pereira's leg to go over goalkeeper Albino Gomes," head.

FC Pune City's Israil Gurung (left) celebrates his goal against Mumbai City FC yesterday. Pic/ISL
FC Pune City's Israil Gurung (left) celebrates his goal against Mumbai City FC yesterday. Pic/ISL

"It was a cross but I got lucky and it went in," said Gurung. Gurung's slice of luck restores some sense of balance for the "unlucky" midfielder. Earlier this year the 26-year-old was loaned by the Pune franchise to Portuguese second division outfit Vitoria de Guimaraes, a stint marred by misfortune.

"I have been very unlucky. I had a chance to play for a Portuguese second division side but first, my visit was delayed due to visa problems. Secondly, I sustained a meniscus tear (injury to the knee) and an ITB release operation that needed me to be in rehab for a month. I didn't even play a match for the club," recounted the winger.

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