Boston City FC Brazil marked the club’s first-ever match as a professional team with a dramatic 1-1 draw against Ponte Nova in the second division of the Minas Gerais Championship.

The Brazilian Lions scored a deserved equalizer and earned a share of the points with a stunning volley from man of the match Hitalo Souza, four minutes into added time at the end of the contest. The Lions sit in sixth place in the championship as a result of the opening day draw.

Boston City hit the cross bar in the first half as Lincon Vieira was denied by the woodwork, and coach Carlos Rossi felt his side should have been awarded two penalties and an opportunity to increase the lead. Ironically, Ponte Nova took the lead from the penalty spot after 61 minutes through Michael Alves.

The match was played behind closed doors at due to paperwork required by the federation not being processed in time for the host stadium to be approved.

The next league match for the Lions will be on Saturday, August 12 away to Montes Claros in the Estadio José Maria Melo.

Boston City FC is participating under coach Rossi in the state second division tournament featuring 13 teams that will play each other once from August 5 to October 28 for a total of 12 matches.  The top four finishers in the table will advance to the playoff knockout stage and the two finalists will earn promotion to the Campeonato Mineiro.  Those two teams will join the second section of Division One in February of next year.