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9 December 2012
• Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium), Kalkātā (Kolkata), West Bengal
H. Khabra 43'
West Bengal Sports Minister has officially confirmed that the match has been cancelled.
And it seems the match has to be called off , as the Mohun Bagan team refuse to come on the pitch due to alleged security concerns.
Again drama! The Mohun Bagan team are refusing to come on the pitch as Easrt Bengal have already come on...
Unnecessary drama maligns a good match as Odafa picks up a needless booking and the declining chances of a Mohun Bagan victory are further blunted as Nabi had to be carried away too.
45' + 14'
Half Time in what was another action packed first half at the Salt Lake Stadium. EB 1-0 MB
45' + 13'
And after the drama we resume play. With the freekick on the left side of the pitch to East Bengal.
45' + 7'
Syed Rahim Nabi
45' + 2'
Red Card Odafa Onyeka Okolie
45' + 2'
He needs immediate attention as he is being taken to the nearest hospital in an ambulance.
45' + 2'
Nabi has to be stretchered off as he is hit on the head.
45' + 2'
The game is descending into madness as Odafa is sent off! And Syed Rahim Nabi has been hit by something from the stands...
Goal Harmanjot Khabra
Yellow Card Stanley Okoroigwe
Another freekick to East Bengal just outside the box.
Great tackle from Aibor as he denies Manandeep a chance to shoot in the box after Chidi played him through.
Moment of comedy as Trevor Morgan was offering water to Odafa who was lying down just in front of the D
Poor freekick from Mehtab which is easily cleared.
Yellow Card Syed Rahim Nabi
EB win a freekick on the left of the Mohun Bagan box, as Biswajit Saha ends up fouling Chidi Edeh just outside the box.
East Bengal trying to hold on to the ball and are probing to create a chance!
Mehtab goes down and is prone on the ground...
YET another corner..as Denson heads out the ball..
CHANCE! Uga's header from the Mehtab corner is just tipped away by Arindam..
Penn now down the right, dodges Nabi's tackle but his cross hits Denson for a corner.
Naoba dances down the right flank but let out for a goal kick by Denson who tracks the full back.
Now the game is getting niggly with fouling.
It seems Penn Orji has to go in deeper to receive the ball..
End to End stuff but EB trying to get into the game more now...
East Bengal try to take a clever free kick as Chidi tries to slide in for Penn but Aibor can intercept.
Yellow Card Mehrajuddin Wadoo
Nirmal picks up a needless card for time wasting...
Naoba tries to pick out Chidi but Aibor holds the Nigerian well to thwart the chance.
Stanley through...but Naoba comes back and clears.
Mohun Bagan have survived the Red and Gold set-pieces, at least temporarily
All East Bengal corners deflected out time and again
East Bengal seem to be attacking a bit more intently... Trevor Morgan has gotten up from his seat too
It must be interesting to see who scores first and how the other team reacts
It's all end-to-end stuff by both sides so far
Mohun Bagan pressurising the Red and Gold now... Nabi's cross initially headed away by Okpara, who did well to block a shot coming in from Odafa on the turn
Ishfaq Ahmed crosses forward to find Chidi.. Arindam does well to just about manages to remain in his area with the ball in his hand
Odafa on the other side... the way he muscles past defenders... but there's no one to meet his pass in the East Bengal box
It's Chidi this time... but his shot no where close to the target
Hussain lofts in a free-kick.. Arindam and Chidi clash in the air, while the Mohun Bagan keeper gets the benifit of the foul in his area
Isfaq Ahmed slices a shot.. wide
Mohun Bagan coach Karim Bencherifa looks very animated in his technical area, and why not? He needs this win to put everything right for his position at the Mariners
East Bengal corner... Mehtab Hussain loops it in.. away by the rival defenders
Expect this one to be a tense affair as fouls are already flying around the pitch...
Chidi again working the ball around the midfield, trying to move forward again...
Ball chipped in for Chidi, but the East Bengal hitman unable to get to the same...
Poor delivery once again as East Bengal goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu moves his men forward
A corner won by Mohun Bagan...Jewel Raja swings in...doesn't get past the first defender... throw-in
Mohun Bagan kick things off from right to left
Very close to kick-off...
Mehtab Hussain and Odafa Okolie standing in front of each other for the loss...the former wins it and choses the left side
Bhaichung Bhutia with 19 goals leads Jose Barreto (17 goals) in the derby goal-scorers chart
In 30 League games so far, East Bengal have won 12, the Mariners took away the three points on 10 occasions, while 8 others ended in a stalemate
East Bengal holds the record of four back to back wins in derby clashes of NFL/I League – winning home and away in both, the 2002-03 and 2003-04 season
1997 Federation Cup Semi Final between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan drew the largest audience in Indian football. The match played in 13th July, 1997 at Salt Lake Stadium drew 1, 34,000 spectators. East Bengal won the match 4-1 with Bhaichung Bhutia scoring a hattrick, the very first in Derby clashes
East Bengal have recorded the highest margin of victory in derby duels when they defeated Mohun Bagan 5-0 in the 1975 I.F.A Shield final at Calcutta
The teams are on the pitch...dignitories greetings them...fireworks shooting above the East Bengal and Mohun Bagan fans...absolute pleasure to the eye of a sports lover
All these questions will be answered sooner or later, hopefully in as much of a dramatic fashion as there could possibly be, in about 90 minutes from now....
Karim Bencherifa's side head into the derby as the overwhelming underdogs. Can the injury-ridden Mariners upset the odds against Trevor Morgan's formidable unit?
Can the Mariners end the unbeaten run of their biggest rivals?
Here is how the two teams starting 11s look like...
East Bengal: Gurpreet; Naoba, Okpara, Arnab, Saumik; Harmanjot, Penn, Mehtab, Ishfaq; Manandeep & Chidi
Mohun Bagan: Arindam; Nirmal, Aibor, Mehraj, Biswajit; Jewel, Denson, Masih, Nabi; Stanley & Odafa
Hello and welcome to the biggest match of Indian football...it's the Kolkata derby between East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan
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