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21 September 2013
• Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium), Kalkātā (Kolkata), West Bengal
Raúl Fabiani 16', 76'
J. Meyer 52'
Thank you for tuning in to LIVE coverage from the Salt Lake Stadium. This was Kaustav Bera. You can still follow the remaining two I-League fixtures with us.
Mike Snoei will be delighted with the display by his new recruits as well as the team in general as he has begun his campaign with a bang.
Aziz Moshood will be disappointed that his team could not convert the numerous chances they have had with Tolgay especially looking sluggish.
Great display of football to kick off the I-League with Pune FC registering the first points of this season's I-League.
90' + 6'
FULL TIME: Mohammedan Sporting 1-3 Pune FC
90' + 4'
Tolgay backheels the ball onto the path of Paite but his cross is wasteful as usual. Mohammedan are trying to go down the flanks as Pune have put so many bodies in field.
90' + 3'
CHANCE! Josimar's piledriver from the right beats Amrinder but hits the upright and goes out.
Josimar twists and turns but fails to hit the shot as Pune put so many bodies behind the ball.
Tolgay has looked so sluggish today as he fails to beat the attention of his marker and get into the box.
Gurung goes down the right flank with about five bodies in the box to pick out from but he only picks out the Pune goalkeeper
After the sending off, Pune look to defend and keep the ball and Mohammedan have failed to break them down.
Yellow/Red Raul Fabiani
Goal Raul Fabiani
GOAL! Fabiani takes advantage of a loose pass from Stephen in the Mohammedan defense and smashes it past Khara. The ball goes in after striking the far post.
And what do you know! Fabiani is SENT OFF for the second yellow after he celebrates by opening his jersey. Hilarious stuff, the striker seems to have forgotten he was previously yellow carded for a handball.
Douhou and Fabiani try to play an one two but there is too much pace on the ball for Pierre to chase down.
CHANCE! Disaster averted for Pune. Arata Izumi's woeful back pass is picked off by Josimar who tries to chip the keeper only to see it go over the bar. How many chances will they miss?
Fabiani with a free header from the corner but over the bar
Ganesh with a chance to shoot in the box but out for a corner for Pune FC
CHANCE! The two substitutes almost combine perfectly for Mohamedan as Paite streams down the left flank finding Josimar in the middle who twists and turns and finally picks out Gurung whose shot goes wide.
Corner for Mohammedan Sporting but wasted as Amrinder picks it up easily
Crucial interception from Anas as Josimar was almost clean through from that long ball played behind the defense.
Good bit of play from Tolgay Ozbey as he backheels the ball onto the path of Paite but his cross towards Josimar is well defended by Anas.
Another injury break as Calum Angus goes down under a challenge from Tolgay Ozbey
CHANCE! How did Mohammedan not equalise here? Dhanrajan finds Josimar with so much space but instead of shooting, he decides to pass it to Tolgay whose first touch is woeful and the chance is gone.
Goal James Meyer
GOAL! Fabiani at it again as he turns provider, holds off three defenders on the left before squaring it perfectly for Meyer who makes no mistake and buries the ball with Khara helpless.
Assist Raul Fabiani
And we kick off for the second half.
Both teams could have been further ahead especially Mohammedan who missed a couple of gilt edged chances.
Whew we have Half Time after an exciting and end to end half.
45' + 3'
CHANCE! Tolgay clean through down the left but instead of squaring the ball he decides to shoot himself but his shot is easily parried by Amrinder and Josimar's rebound is saved yet again.
45' + 2'
Raul Fabiani almost gets at the end of a cross from Arata but his header towards the far post is saved by Somnath
Arata dashes in from the right but his disguised cross as a shot sails over the bar
Almost disaster for Pune FC as in order to stop Josimar, Calum Angus and Anas collide with Anas being the worse for it.
Freekick on the right edge of the box. Angus swings it in but it is cleared by the Mohammedan defense.
The former Pune FC player is brought on to replace an off colour Penn.
CHANCE! Brilliant bit of skill from Raul Fabiani who gets isolated near the left corner flag but backheels the ball into the overlapping Gurjinder Kumar's path whose scuffed shot is parried by Khara and then held the next time.
Yellow Card Arata Izumi
Josimar and Tolgay almost exchange a perfect one two at the edge of the box but Tolgay cannot reach the end of that.
Tolgay was almost free there from the corner but he seems to have had his mind on some other thing as he clearly did not see that coming. Chance wasted.
Receiving a pass from Penn Orji, Josimar pulls off some fancy step overs before cutting in and shooting only for his shot to get blocked and Mohammedan have a corner
Yellow Card Raul Fabiani
Raul Fabiani almost gets at the end of an inch perfect long ball from Arata but Fabiani ends up handballing for which he is cautioned. In any case Khara was alert.
Arata tries a long range piledriver which goes just wide.
James Meyer swings in a cross from the left and Arata almost made the perfect late run to head the ball in but just slashes it over the bar.
Calum Angus stands over the ball to take a freekick after James Meyer had been fouled but his shot is way way over.
Lovely cross by Colin Abranches from the right and Josimar almost gets a shot out only to see Anas putting in a last ditch block
Goal Raul Fabiani
GOAL! And Pune have equalised. Raul Fabiani shows fantastic striking instincts as Nikhil Kadam's initial thumping drives came out on to his path after striking the past and with the Mohammedan defense sleeping it was the 6ft 6in Fabiani who reacted the fastest.
Assist Nikhil Kadam
TERRIFIC CHANCE! Lovely bit of skill by Josimar who calmly backheels the ball into Ajay Singh's way who continued his forward run after passing the ball initially but Ajay Singh tries to side foot the ball past Amrinder only to see it trickling wide. Wonderful Wonderful play!
GOAL! We have the first goal of the I-League. Gagandeep Singh aims a speculative ball from midfield towards Josimar who has made a peeling run. With only the goalkeeper to beat Josimar heads the ball expertly out of the path of the onrushing Amrinder in goal and then calmly slots the ball into the empty net with the goalkeeper beaten.
Assist Gagandeep Singh
Arata tries to pick out Kadam with a long through pass but Khara is out on time.
Gurjinder Kumar who goes overlapping from left back dribbles past Stephen in the Mohammedan Defense but his shot is woefully wide.
Samson with a good one two in midfield and he tries to pick out Josimar who is effectively jostled out
CHANCE! Arata Izumi goes down the left and wriggles past Gagandeep Singh but his shot from a very acute angle is parried well by Khara in goal
End to end stuff here as Josimar gets in the box and aims a shot only for Calum Angus to block it! Electrifying stuff.
CHANCE! Ajay Singh clean through on goal for Mohammedan but Amrinder out on time to block it with his whole frame.
CHANCE! The two new recruits almost combine instantaneously as Raul Fabiani keeps the ball in to swing it in the box for an onrushing James Meyer whose shot just goes wide of the far post
Finally we kick off after about 24 minutes.
Its already fifteen minutes past stipulated kick off time but we havent still begun probably because one ambulance is still missing as it is mandatory for two ambulances to be present.
Pune: Amrinder; Tabia, Gurjinder, Anas, Ganesh; Kadam, Mumtaz, Arata, Meyer; Angus, Fabiani
Lineups: Mohammedan: Khara; Colin, Sangha, Stephen, Dhanrajan; Samson, Ajay Singh,Gagandeep; Penn; Joshimar,Tolgay
So we have a delay for some reason and the teams again go back to practice.
We have a brief delay as the home team is felicitating Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra.
With the Mohammedan officials claiming that all tickets had been sold out I see an empty stadium. Umm..maybe the spectators are still on their way?
Mohammedan Sporting are a confident bunch having just won the Durand Cup but they will be missing the services of Luciano Sabrosa in defense.
This is your host, Kaustav Bera and I will be taking you through 90 minutes of action. You can hit me up with questions either here on chat or post your questions at twitter to @hopelessk
Hello and welcome to GOAL's LIVE I-League coverage from Salt Lake Stadium as we bring to you minute by minute commentary from the very first match of the season, Mohammedan Sporting vs Pune FC
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