FULL-TIME: Pune FC 2-2 Mohun Bagan: Bencherifa has to thank Odafa Okolie for having earned them a point from the game. Pune FC need to introspect as to why they missed several chances when they were clearly the dominant side on the evening. Ciao from us. Join us for our report and post-match comments. Cheers!
Odafa wins a free-kick as Srikanth Ramu fouls the Mohun Bagan skipper. Odafa tries to curl the ball into the near post but is goes over.
Yellow Card Srikanth Ramu
Douhou's free-kick and Moga puts his down and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
Bencherifa is urging his side to close the Pune FC players down.
Good interplay between Pune players which ends with Arata shooting which goes wide again.
POOR SHOT! Desperation getting the better of Douhou as he attempts to shoot from 30-yards and it goes wide off the mark.
Five minutes added on time.
So can we have a winner this evening?
CLATTERED! Odafa Okolie is taken down by Abhra Mondal as he comes off his line to clear the danger. Tempers are flaring as Moga and Odafa are exchanging words.
Substitution Karma Tsewang Shanmugam Venkatesh
Goal Odafa Onyeka Okolie
Douhou finds Subhash Singh who does a one-two with Moga. Subhash's final cross into the box for Douhou is cleared away.
Moga is released on the left and the striker takes a touch too many and his eventual shot is easily blocked.
All want Mohun Bagan do is to launch the ball to Odafa Okolie. Seriously how boring is that ploy?!
So can Mohun Bagan find the equaliser in the final 10 minutes or so?
Goal Odafa Onyeka Okolie
Substitution Echezona Anyichie Rajiv Ghosh
Goal Arata Izumi
GOOD SAVE! James Moga releases Douhou who runs it a packed crowd of Bagan defenders. The midfielder does well to send the ball for Moga who takes a touch before unleashing a left footed shot which is brought under control by Paul on second attempt.
Substitution Aibor Khongjee Mehrajuddin Wadoo
Substitution Khanthang Paite Arata Izumi
Izumi Arata is being brought in by Derrick Pereira for Khanthang Paite.
WHAT A MISS! Moga releases Subhash Singh as the Bagan defence is caught off guard. Paul comes off his line but Subhash does well to lob it over but it also goes above the crossbar.
Jewel Raja wins the ball from Gurjinder. And he lofts the ball for Odafa which is coolly collected by Mondal.
Anyichie gives the ball straight to Moga who finds Douhou in a counter. However the midfielder gives the ball straight to the defender instead!
The game has been a little scrappy now. Too many throw-ins, corner-kicks.
Shilton Paul looks short on confidence each time he comes off his line from a corner-kick.
OFFSIDE! Snehasish floats a ball for Odafa who heads it into the back of the net but is rightly adjudged to be in an offside position. Pune FC defenders were caught napping.
First decent cross by Chettri into the box. Odafa does well to control and keep the possession. But the ball is cleared away.
Promising chance for Bagan as Odafa is pushed down by Chika Wali. Can Odafa find the equaliser? Odafa's shot ricochets off the Bagan player and misses the target. Corner given.
Subhash Singh skipped past the rival goalkeeper but couldn't quite keep the ball in possession.
Better from Mohun Bagan as they are passing the ball better after the break.
Odafa dodges past two Pune FC defenders but the ball goes out of play as rightly pointed by the linesman.
Substitution Lalrozama Fanai Manish Bhargav
Bencherifa makes the first move by bringing off Lalrozama Fanai, who couldn't impress against his former side, for Manish Bhargav
Good movement from Pune! Douhou's cross from inside the box is blocked and Paite's shot goes wide.
WHAT A CHANCE! Moga released Paite on a counter and the winger crosses into the box which is cleared only as far as Douhou whose shot is blocked twice. The ball falls for Subhash who couldn't threaten either.
Odafa is free on the right and his cross is cleared by Pune FC for a corner. Snehasish's delivery is cleared by Moga.
Mohun Bagan will look to create some opening sin this half as they failed completely in the first.
Corner for Pune! Cleared and another corner for the home side. Douhou to take this. Cleared by the first man.
Rakesh Masih tries to find Jewel Raja but that was too long. Goes out for a throw-in.
Pune FC kickoff the proceedings...
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Mumtaz floats in a ball but is cleared by Bagan.
Corner for Bagan and flapped away by Abhra Mondal for another corner-kick. Snehasish's delivery was good but Khongjee couldn't turn his header goalwards. WHAT A CHANCE!
Jewel Raja tries to find Odafa but cleared away by Wali.
A shoulder push by Subhash Singh and Anyichie goes tumbling down on the concrete.
Offside for Subhash Singh. The first in the game.
Bencherifa does look a concerned person and must be readying his half-time speech. What could it be? One thing that we can guess is: at least pass the ball!
GOOD THINKING! Douhou's short corner and the midfielder floats in a cross which just about misses the head of Wali who made a late run into the box at the far post.
CLOSE! A good interplay between their players, Khanthang Paite's shot from 30-yards tests Shilton Paul. Off the rebound, Douhou squares the ball but none to tap in.
ANOTHER MISS! Khanthang Paite's corner-kick is floated into the box as Moga's glancing header just about manages to evade the far post. No marking on Moga by Bagan - another example of how poor they have been this season. Big work for Bencherifa.
Mohun Bagan are struggling to stitch together a couple of passes. Another corner for Pune.
WHAT A WASTE! A good ball for Moga on the counter. The South Sudanese striker cut past Chettri and launched his shot over the bar. Poor attempt.
Goal Chika Wali
THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A PENALTY! Echezona Anyichie kicks Subhash Singh in the ribs with a high foot inside the box. Why has referee Santosh Kumar not awarded a penalty? The studs were showing, high foot, dangerous foot...it's an indirect free-kick instead.
LUCKY ESCAPE AGAIN! A through ball for Moga and Paul had to come off line to save the danger. He managed the keep the ball under control on second attempt.
LUCKY ESCAPE! Subhash Singh had another opportunity as Shilton Paul does well to ward off he danger.
Chettri crosses aimlessly for Odafa. The kind of aimless balls sent in by Bagan make for a poor viewing.
Rakesh Masih finds Odafa inside the box but the Nigerian is well marked by four players who just about manage to clear the danger.
Douhou's corner-kick sees Wali at the far post headd it straight to the Bagan custodian.
GOOD SHOT! From a short corner by Paite, the ball eventually falls for Wali who cut inside and sees his shot being tipped over the bar by Paul.
Khanthang Paite is released on the line by Douhou but the former's delivery into the box is wayward but still earns a corner.
INTO THE ORBIT! From a throw-in, the ball falls at the feet of Subhash Singh. He does a step over to fox Chettri and unleashes a left footed shot which went into the sky!
Mohun Bagan have been the better side over the last five minutes or so. Jewel Raja eased past Mumtaz Akhtar who has been missing altogether from the proceedings.
Every time the ball goes to Chika Wali, he just hacks it clear for his strikers. No composure on the ball.
Odafa is crowded by as many as five players but the Nigerian retains possessions and sends in a cross which is cleared by Khanthang Paite.
Moga is back of the field. Derrick Pereira is shouting on top of his voice to mark the opposition well.
Moga seems to have twisted his ankle and is on the sidelines receiving treatment.
Good stuff! Jewel Raja does well on the right and sends in a cross which is just about cleared by the first man.
Chika Wali lofts the ball for Moga but Anyichie does well to win the ball. That was a foul though as the Bagan defender used his elbow. Poor refereeing on display.
WIDE! Khanthang Paite releases Subhash Singh who catches the Bagan defence napping. He had the time to take a touch or two but saw his effort go across the face of the goal. Good chance.
We can hear some kids chanting: "Who are we, PFC" in the background. Good atmosphere
Nope! One expected much better from the costliest player of the I-League. Well wide of the target
Remember Odafa had scored from a free-kick at this stadium againsty Mumbai FC. Can he repeat the same?
Free-kick to Mohun Bagan as Mumtaz Akhtar stupidly challenges Stanley just outside the box. Needless to say the least.
Gurjinder Kumar sends in a through ball to Moga who does well to beat his marker on pace but can't keep the ball in play.
It must be pointed that Mohun Bagan had a torrid time at this stadium when they faced Mumbai FC on matchday seven. They were lucky not to lose to be honest.
If Pune FC register a win, they will go to the 4th spot with 17 points and a game in hand.
And Mohun Bagan kickoff the proceedings! And in a typical Bencherifa side, they try to put the ball to the wing with the player on the right flank trying to catch the opposition defence napping.
Pune FC have named an unchanged eleven that got the better of Sporting Clube de Goa in the last game. No place of Izumi Arata or Daisuke Nishiguchi.
Anyichie is back from injury while Rakesh Masih and Snehasish Chakrabarty have made into the starting lineup. Lalrozama Fanai has come in for the suspended Biswajit Saha.
Mohun Bagan: Shilton Paul; Nirmal Chettri,Anyichie,Aibor Khongjee, Lalrozama Fanai; Jewel Raja, Denson Devadas, Rakesh Masih, Snehasish Chakrabarty; Stanley Okoroigwe; Odafa Okolie
Pune FC: Abhra Mondal; Anas Edathodika, Gurjinder Singh, Chika Wali, Srikanth Ramu; T Karma, Douhou Pierre, Khanthang Paite, Mumtaz Akhtar; Subhash Singh, James Moga
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