Mohun Bagan had won the first leg of the I-League clash against local rivals East Bengal by a narrow 1-0 margin and there it was the team in red and gold who squandered many chances. On Sunday, in the return leg, Mohun Bagan emerged victorious once again – to finish a double – and yet they were the ones who let go of many chances. The final scoreline said 2-0 when the referee blew the final whistle and it could have very well been much worse. Even without the ever-influential Sunny Norde, out injured, Mohun Bagan looked convincing all around. Asier Dicke had a large role to play in that or more specifically his opening goal after 55 seconds did. That tipped the balance in Mohun Bagan’s favour and he made it 2-0 after the half hour. In the second half, Mohun Bagan had plenty of chances to add to the tally but each time, either Akram or Kadam wasted the opportunity. The win kept East Bengal in third while Mohun Bagan leaped to fourth in hopes of keeping their title challenge alive. Minerva lead the I-League with 22 points from 9 games but have played two games less. NEROCA are second with 21 points from 10 games. Mohun Bagan can catch up with East Bengal with a win in the next fixture. But, before that, they would enjoy this glorious and routine win over local rivals.
East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan, Kolkata derby, I-League 2017-18:
FULL TIME: Mohun Bagan beat East Bengal 2-0 to do a double over their local rivals. Won the first leg in the season 1-0 and were resounding this afternoon. Aser Dicke’s goals the difference in the end.
90+4′ WOODWORK! What a gorgeous defence splitting through ball and it is aimed for Kadam who remains onside and is quick to it. Takes a left footed shot past the keeper, beats the keeper but fails to get enough curl on it to go in.
90′ Five minutes added on. Mohun Bagan should have added a third. Plenty of bodies in the area and lots of room but the shots just aren’t strong enough to bother the keeper
89′ CHANCE! That is quite easily the best chance of the game for East Bengal and even then, they fail to test the keeper. Cross whipped in from the right and it is at the near post, a home player attacks it and meets it well to keep the header down but it is wide of the mark. Had that gone in, things could have been really awkward for Mohun Bagan
87′ Tempers flaring here. Eduardo isn’t too happy with something. Goes head-to-head almost but doesn’t do something silly to make things tougher for his side
85′ MISSED! Another glorious chance for Mohun Bagan to go three goals ahead and it has been squandered. Chances coming thick and fast now for the Mariners but they’re not being converted. This one is a cross from the left by Kadam and Akram once again attacks it but the header is well wide. Should have at least tested the keeper.
78′ Official attendance at the Salt Lake Stadium: 52,951
75′ Keeper Shilton has twisted his foot while going for a clearance. He immediately goes down on the ground with pain and has remained down for considerable period. He gets medical attention but continues to play on
72′ CHANCE! Big, big chance for Akram to make it 3-0 for Mohun Bagan. Dicka has three players in and around him but has enough space to chip into the area. Akram has a defender near him, is on the stretch, and the shot goes over. Wasn’t the easiest of chances that
65′ Been a lull in the second half. Both teams finding it tough to control the midfield. This crampd space and inability to attack would suit Mohun Bagan just fine. They lead here and will be happy to keep hold of this lead
64′ Chance for East Bengal and the first time they’ve penetrated this Mohun Bagan defence. Lobo finds some space before the defensive line and tries to put Bazie through but the run is not good enough. Paul reads the potential danger and snuffs the ball
49′ Final change for East Bengal. Cavin Lobo comes on to the pitch and takes the captain’s armband as he replaces Arnab Mondal
47′ Early action suggests same of the first half. Mohun Bagan with a chance to make it 3-0 but the shot from the edge of the area is blazed over. Looked threatening but it hasn’t been converted. Akram with a pass to Watson but it is skied.
46′ Second half underway at the Salt Lake Stadium. Mohun Bagan lead 2-0 with East Bengal playing catchup. Can Yusa’s pep talk before the teams went down the tunnel do the job?
HALF TIME: Mohun Bagan lead East Bengal 2-0 at half time with both goals coming from Aser Dicka’s left foot. One a half volley after just 55 seconds and the next a peach of a hit after the half hour mark. Bagan have dominated play here even with East Bengal getting some chances to move forward. In the end, it is Khalid Jamil’s side in trouble and Yusa makes a strong speech in the middle of the pitch
45+2′ What an absolute howler. East Bengal’s Eduardo tried to be cheeky with the pass in the final third with Dicka hovering. The flick pass fails to come off and it only ends up going to Kadam. He darts forward and takes a left footed shot which was probably going wide but for good measure, Barreto pushes it wide for a corner.
44′ Khalid Jamil makes a second change of the game. Second throw of the dice involves Prakash Sarkar going off before half time as Surabuddin makes his way in
37′ Just not East Bengal’s day this. The home side earn a free kick and it is taken by Yusa from a threatening position. But it is always going over. One of those rare days when the Japanese isn’t getting his kicks right.
34′ WHAT A GOAL! WHAT CELEBRATIONS! The corner is whipped in and that is a gorgeous volley from Aser Dicka. The ball is behind him, he improvises and thunders a left footed volley into the back of the net. Goes off into wild celebrations across the field of play. East Bengal fans are stunned. Mohun Bagan fans, however, go wild!
26′ Goal disallowed for East Bengal! Katsumi delivers a perfect delivery into the area from a corner and Plaza heads the ball home. However, it has been disallowed for what seems to be offside. Yusa had played into Plaza’s path but the flag had gone up just then
25′ Mohun Bagan have a superb chance to double their advantage but it has been blocked right at the death. Faiaz makes a surging run forward, rides on some challenges but the ball is taken away from him with a desperate tackle from Bazie. There are appeals for a penalty but the referee turns them down
23′ Gorgeous chance for East Bengal to equalise but the header is blazed over. Cross from the left and the player comes darting in to head the ball but it is an absurd contact in the end. Had the chance to direct it anywhere but it is only sent over and well high of the target
21′ Bagan almost get another and in most comic circumstances. Could have been an own goal as East Bengal defender tried to head the ball away from danger. But Eduardo’s header goes across the face of the goal instead. Luckily for him and the side, it has only gone for a corner and nothing comes from it
14′ East Bengal slowly and gradually making their way into this contest. Making some neat interventions in midfield and surging forward. But yet to test the keeper.
4′ Talk about salt to wounds. Followed by an early goal an early substitution for East Bengal to quash all early plans. Al-Amna has been stretchered off and Bazie Armand comes in place of him.
1′ GOAL!! WHAT A START! What a start for Mohun Bagan. The ball is played into the area, an aerial delivery and it is in Aser Dicka’s path. Takes it on the half volley and it is a left footed strike that hits the roof of the net. What a thumping strike and what a glorious start.
1350 hrs IST: The lineups:
1350 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Kolkata derby – one of the biggest rivalries in the world and quite easily the biggest in India. East Bengal take on Mohun Bagan. In the first game of the season between the two, it was Mohun Bagan who won 1-0 with East Bengal letting many chances go waste. Now, it is East Bengal who are favourites owing plenty to a depleted Mohun Bagan side. None more than the absence of Sunny Norde.
East Bengal squad: Charles De Souza, , Jobby Justin, Suhair V P, Willis Deon Plaza, Machpherlin Omegbemi Dudu, Dibyendu Sarkar, Luis Xavier Barreto, Mirshad K, Bazie Armand, Brandon Vanlalremdika, Laldanmawia Ralte, Mahmoud Al Amna, Md Rafique, Surabuddin Mollick, Katsumi Yusa, Cavin Peter Lobo, Prakash Sarkar, Gabriel Fernandes, Richard Costa, Yami Longvah, Arnab Kumar Mondal, Lalram Chullova, Salam Ranjan Singh, Samad Ali Mallick, Gurwinder Singh, Eduardo Soares Ferreira, Mehtab Singh, Rahul Ghosh, Deepak K
Mohun Bagan squad: Azharuddin Mallick, Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka, Naro Hari Shrestha, Manandeep Singh, Akram Moghrabi, Shibinraj Kunniyil, Soram Poirei Anganba, Shilton Paul, Sankar Roy, Raynier Fernandes, Sourav Das, Shilton Sydney Dsilva, Yuta Kinowaki, Nikhil Kadam, Chesterpoul Lyngdoh, Dipendu Dowary, Beingaichho Beikhokhei, Sk.faiaz, Ghanefo Ansumana Kromah, Sony Norde, Pintu Mahata, Diogo Alexandre, Alves Ferreir, Surchandra Singh, Cameron Alexander, John Watson, Kinshuk Debnath, Ricky Lallawmawma, Bikramjit Singh, Arijit Bagui, Debabrata Roy, Abhishek Das, Rana Gharami, Kingsley Obumneme Eze, Gurjinder Kumar