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1 March 2014
• Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium), Kalkātā (Kolkata), West Bengal
J. Moga 39'
C. Sabeeth 67'
And thats that. Its full time with both teams sharing points. I guess none of the coaches will be happy with the result.
90' + 4'
90' + 2'
CHANCE! Sueoka! He could have been the hero of the day. WHAT A CHANCE WASTED there. Joaquim succeeds in robbing a casual Iche down the left before putting in a beautiful cross in the box for Sueoka to attack who shoots over.
CHANCE! Moga is sent on his way by a great Sueoka pass. But Iche puts in a last ditch tackle and Shilton comes out and covers to avert the danger.
Christopher finds Katsumi with a fine pass who tries to play an one two with Sabeeth but he fails to return the favour.
Joaquim goes dancing down the right but loses his footing.
Mohun Bagan look to break but Chizoba's ball down the right for Bhargav to chase is cleared by Saumik who reaches first on the spot.
Denson and Manish again stand on the freekick from outside the box but Manish's shot is blocked well by the East Bengal defense.
Christopher is brought down by Mehtab as he tries to dribble past the East Bengal skipper.
Mehtab tries to ping a ball for Moga but the striker makes a hash of it.
Another corner but Chizoba cannot direct the ball towards the goal.
CHANCE! Fantastic play by Katsumi who makes place for himself to take a shot on the edge of the box which brings a good save from Gurpreet.
Denson and Manish stand on the free kick. Denson's ball into the box is parried out by Gurpreet for a corner.
Confusion in the East Bengal penalty box as Mohun Bagan look to take a free kick from outside the box. It seems Christopher Chizoba and Khabra entered into a scuffle with Khabra going down.
Katsumi tries a lofted pass which finds Sabeeth. But he is offside there.
East Bengal trying to build up steam as Raju gets a hattrick of long throws. But the Mohun Bagan stand strong.
GoalC S Sabeeth
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Mohun Bagan similarly have a goal from nothing. Manish Bhargav's speculative effort from the right takes a bounce in front of the keeper but that is no excuse for Gurpreet to pull off a howler as he fails to hold it, allowing Sabeeth to tap it in. Even he could not miss it from there.
Joaquim Abranches! What was he thinking there? The ball was going out for a goalkick but he tries to hack it away striking in the air.
Shouts for penalty as Sabeeth is hacked down by Gaikwad but the referee waves play on. Mohun Bagan are looking more interested now.
Shouvik sends in a floating cross for Chizoba to attack but his header has no direction.
Joaquim goes down the left but is well ushered out by Aibor
CHANCE! Moga starts the move from half line laying it off for Khabra who returns it to the striker but his woeful first touch allows Iche to recover but his clearance falls for the striker himself but is taken out of his path by Mehtab whose shot is then blocked.
Delightful ball by Sueoka towards Moga but the South Sudanese striker has strayed offside. He would have been clean through on goal there.
Sueoka is played in by a very good ball by Mehtab but there is too much on the ball and his first time cross goes sailing over the bar.
Denson with a good tackle to get the ball off Moga who was looking to turn and shoot.
East Bengal on the attack now as Khabra gets around three chances to find Moga courtesy some shoddy defending by Mohun Bagan.
Things are going as it was in the first half as Bagan doing all the attacking. East Bengal can now sit comfortably as they are in the lead.
Chizoba with good strength to shield off two East Bengal players. The ball falls to katsumi who tries his luck from range but fails.
Katsumi with a freekick from the left and he tries to go for glory himself which prompts Gurpreet to make a low save down the right.
And we have kicked off for the second half.
Half Time: East Bengal 1-0 Mohun Bagan.
45' + 2'
Iche stands tall and clears the throw and Katsumi tries to go forward but there is no support.
45' + 2'
East Bengal with another long throw from Gaikwad. Can they score another sucker punch?
45' + 1'
Chizoba sends another through ball towards Sabeeth but its well guessed by Gurpreet who comes and holds it.
Cavin Lobo goes driving down the left but his cross is in no man's land.
Sabeeth in the box but nowhere to go as they need to go behind. Denson links up with Chizoba who leaves it for Kotal but his through ball is directionless.
Pankaj Moula with a lofted through ball towards Chizoba who takes it on his chest well but shoots high and wide.
Mohun Bagan certainly did not deserve to be behind in this match but being clinical in front of goal is all that matters.
GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL GOAL! Its East Bengal who have taken the lead against the run of play. Joaquim Abranches goes down the left and his cross evades both Mohun Bagan defenders and finds James Moga who heads it in with ease.
Khabra tries to cross in towards Moga but well marked by Ichezona.
East Bengal's final pass seems to always evade them as another opportunity is spurned by Khabra.
Great ball by Pritam Kotal towards Chizoba but Arnab clears well. Ram gets on the end of the rebound but his cross is overhit.
As Mehtab and Khabra stand over the ball. Mehtab tries to slide it to Khabra whose indecision allowes Katsumi to go roving forward with the ball but is brought down by Arnab. That was blatant ignorance from the East Bengal players who clearly were not versed with the rules of the game.
What was Shilton thinking? He collects a backpass from Kotal with his hand. Indirect Freekick to East Bengal there. Can they score?
ANOTHER CHANCE WASTED! Sabeeth again. Chizoba plays in a lovely ball for him but Sabeeth again wastes the opportunity trying to leave it for the Nigerian who cannot get at the end of it before it being cleared.
Now East Bengal trying to buold an attack of their own. But Iche and Debnath stand strong.
East Bengal on the break now. CHANCE! Sueoka slides in for Moga on the half line who goes romping forward beating Kotal for pace but he takes the ball too much forward allowing Shilton to come out and smother the ball.
WHAT A SAVE! Gurpreet pulls off a brilliant save off Sabeeth. It was Chizoba who slid in a brilliant pass for Sabeeth down the right whose low angled drive was kept out well
Katsumi with another surging run through the centre but Khabra with a timely block as Yusa shoots.
Denson does the covering well as he succeeds in getting the ball from Joaquim who was looking to launch an attack.
Now Katsumi guilty of aimless shooting from range. Not troubling Gurpreet there.
East Bengal try to manufacture an opportunity for themselves but they waste too much time. Khabra's shot from range goes wide.
Mohun Bagan the team who is playing as East Bengal are content defending. Chizoba tries to link up with Ram but he cannot bring it under control and its a goalkick.
East Bengal try to clear the ball towards Moga but Iche is there and he wins the challenge with ease with Moga complaining that he got a bang on his head.
Moula gets the ball on the left and his snapshot is blocked by Arnab for a corner
Poor corner as Mohun Bagan can easily clear.
Great play by Ram who shows terrific skill to dribble past Saumik. But Dey puts a challenge in to give Bagan a corner.
Chizoba tries to slide one ball towards Sabeeth but Gurpreet reads it well and covers.
Sueoka with a good piece of skill as he finds Moga but the striker's weak shot goes nowhere close to troubling Shilton.
Mehtab with a freekick to the far corner which Abranches tries to volley but has gone high.
Yusa is fouled and takes a freekick from outside the box. His swerving delivery goes straight to Sandhu.
Aibor with a great ball that almost finds Sabeeth. Gurpreet comes out and hits it against Raju but somehow danger is averted.
Bagan looking spirited as Katsumi tries another long ball that almost finds Chizoba.
Well played by Kotal there who dribbles past Saumik on the right and then sends a teasing ball for Chizoba to attack. But Arnab stands tall and clears
Gaikwad with a characteristic long throw but Shilton does well to make a dive and grab it with both hands.
Aibor tries to swing one in from the left and Ram Malik who has made a late run almost gets at the end of it. CLOSE
Saumik Dey tries his hand at crossing from the left but goes out wide for a goal kick.
Its Mohun Bagan with the early inroads as we enter the 5th minute with Katsumi who has started in the centre of the midfield looking lively.
Now Lobo tries to go down the middle but is stopped by Iche before he gets in the box.
CHANCE! Katsumi breaks brilliantly from midfield and with a brilliant ball for Sabeeth but he goes too wide. He should have shot there. He tries to square it for Moula but his shot is wide.
And we have kicked off
And the players are on the field and we are just about to kick off. The stadium is 3/4ths full at the least and people are still coming in.
Well last I-League Derby difference maker, Lalrindika Ralte can only find a place on the bench it seems.
Mohun Bagan subs: Rowilson, Sankar, Shouvik, Zakeer, Manish, Sandip, Bikramjit
East Bengal subs: Abhijit, Uga, Naoba, Alvito, Ralte, Doungel, Subodh
Mohun Bagan: Shilton; Aibor, Debnath, Echezona, Pritam; Pankaj, Denson, Ram; Katsumi, Christopher, Sabeeth
East Bengal: Sandhu; Saumik,Arnab,Raju,Khabra; Cavin,Mehtab,Suoeka,Mama; Joaquim,Moga
Whew! We finally have the lineups. About time I tell you
We still await lineups. They are a bit slow to trickle through in Calcutta. So don't blame us.
The stadium is slowly filling up as we are about 35 minutes away from kick off. But with the evidence of people outside at least we will have a capacity crowd maybe not overflowing but a proper derby crowd nonetheless.
The last I-League Derby ended in East Bengal's favour courtesy a wonder strike by Lalrindika Ralte while the match in the Calcutta League was in favour of Mohun Bagan. So its even atleast this season.
Hello and Welcome to Goal's LIVE commentary as East Bengal take on Mohun Bagan from the Salt Lake Stadium in the season's 2nd Kolkata Derby.
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