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Mohun Bagan bid adieu to I-League with record-equalling second title win

Mohun Bagan registered their eighth win on the trot on Tuesday to win the league title with a massive 39 points from just 16 matches, scoring a league-high 35 goals. 

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: March 11, 2020 7:38:13 am
Mohun Bagan vs Punjab FC, Hero I league match result, Mohun Bagan Punjab FC match result, indian express Mohun Bagan have won the league with four matches to spare. (Source: I-League)

Mohun Bagan, after winning 1-0 against Aizawl FC at the Kalyani Stadium on Tuesday owing to a solitary Baba Diawara goal, won their second I-League title with still four matches to play in the season.

By adding another three points to their tally and securing a mathematical title win after 16 matches, Mohun Bagan equalled Dempo SC’s record (2009/10) of winning the I-League title at its earliest.

The 2014/15 league winners, who are on their way out of I-League after the proposed merger with ATK went through, bid goodbye to the second-tier domestic league by winning it after racking up 39 points from just 16 matches. They had finished fifth last season when Chennai City had won the league.

While East Bengal and Punjab FC lie second and third respectively with 23 points from 16 matches and Real Kashmir on 22 points from 15 matches, it is mathematically impossible for them to win more points than the Mariners.

Diawara’s 10th goal of the season proved to be the decider against Aizawl in the 80th minute, which was assisted by the Spaniard Joseba Beitia. The Senegalese, after receiving the through ball into his stride, slotted the ball into the bottom corner after a neck-to-neck tussle with the Mizoram side for more than an hour.

The Kibu Vicuna-managed side registered their eighth win on the trot and extended their unbeaten run in the league to 13 games. They have won 12, drawn three and lost just once against Churchill Brothers in December, scoring a league-high 35 goals.

The title in their pocket, Mohun Bagan will now enter their second leg Kolkata Derby match against arch rivals East Bengal on Sunday with a psychological advantage. They had beaten East Bengal 2-1 in the first leg on January 19.

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