Mohammedan Sporting picked up all three points at the Salt Lake stadium in what was a lopsided affair in favour of the hosts...Mohammedan Sporting ended up 2-1 winners against Rangdajied United at the Salt Lake Stadium with goals from Taro Hasegawa (33') and a Luciano Sobrosa penalty (62') being enough for the home side to take all three points. Ranti Martins had opened the scoring for the visitors in the 12th minute.
The hosts lined up with Josimar upfront supported by Penn Orji behind him. Mehrajuddin Wadoo returned to the centre of defense and partnered Luciano Sobrosa.
Rangdajied United meanwhile had the dangerous Ranti Martins up front with David Ngaihte deployed behind him in a free role.
A sluggish start to the match was brought to life in the 12th minute when Ranti Martins opened the scoring for the visitors. It was great work by Ngaihte who popped up on the right beating Dhanarajan for pace and floating a fine cross at the far post which was met equally well by Lalnunpuia eliciting an equally fine save from the Mohammedan custodian. Being the poacher that he is, Ranti was the first to get to the rebound and score as Wadoo was caught ball watching.
It was only after the goal that the Black and Whites upped the tempo as they missed two back to back chances. First it was Penn who set up Josimar with a lovely lofted through ball but the Brazilian who chested it down with ease let a poor first touch deprive him of the chance as Rehenesh could come out and gather comfortably.
Just three minutes later it was again lovely combination between Penn and Josimar again with Penn with a neat backflick to the onrushing Manish Maithani to strike from the edge of the box. Thankfully for Rangdajied, Yohei Iwasaki was on hand to pull off a brilliant block as that effort looked destined for the top corner.
In an action packed match, Ranti could have got his second in the 19th minute as he displayed great strength to ease Sobrosa off the ball with only the goalkeeper to beat but the referee decided to award a foul angering the Nigerian striker who saw it as a fair challenge.
Mohammedan who looked like the team more likely to score the next goal indeed found the target three minutes after the half hour mark. It was a solo effort from substitute Taro Hasegawa who cut inside Restomwell Khriam down the left before unleashing a fierce shot which found the top corner with goalkeeper Rehenesh merely a spectator.
The home side should have taken the lead in the 41st minute as Penn Orji's cheeky sidefooted effort went agonisingly wide of the post with a slight deflection off Lalnunpuia proving to be the difference. This was after good work on the left again by Taro Hasegawa who found Penn with a brilliant ball.
The match was lit up in the 54th minute with a lovely move from the home side. Ashim Biswas surged down the right and found Penn inside with a perfect pass. What Penn did next was out of this world as he beautifully flicked it first time on to the path of Josimar who failed to squeeze in from the narrow angle, only managing to hit the post.
Just three minutes later Penn was in the thick of things again as Rakesh Masih did brilliantly to latch on to the ball on the edge of the opposition box before finding Penn who shifted the ball to his other foot but his shot was blocked by Rehenesh who made himself big.
Mohammedan did make the incessant pressure pay in the 62nd minute when Manish Maithani surged in the box after receiving a pass from Penn Orji who continued his run forward. While Manish Maithani was deciding whether to go for a shot or pass he was clumsily brought down by Lamine Tamba and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Sobrosa stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way before calmly rolling in the ball to his left.
Mohammedan had two glorious chances to seal off the match in the 75th and 77th minute. It was Penn Orji who was again at the heart of things. For the first chance he popped up on the right but could only hit it straight to the onrushing Rehenesh, while for the second he turned provider as his ball to the far post was somehow smashed wide by Hasegawa.
With about seven minutes added on, Rangdajied had a gilt edged chance in injury time after Mehrajuddin Wadoo gave away possession cheaply. With the ball falling to Eugenson Lyngdoh he only managed to miscue it horribly with the ball sailing over the post.
Sanjoy Sen saw the match through and retained the scoreline at 2-1, giving them three vital points in a bid to survive relegation.