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9 February 2013
• Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium), Kalkātā (Kolkata), West Bengal
Trevor Morgan will certainly not be happy with the lack of attacking thrust from his team while Karim will certainly rue the penalty appeal overturned.
90' + 4'
And the referee blows for full time and it ends as a stalemate at a half empty salt lake stadium.
90' + 3'
Abhijit almost makes a mess of a long ball as he almost kicks out the ball to Odafa who was lurking behind.
90' + 2'
Penn tries crossing from the left but held by Shilton.
Yellow Card Nirmal Chettri
Quinton and Odafa try to play through but Arnab stands tall and clears.
Manish Bhargav tries to make a run down the right but the water bottle kept at the sidelines makes him trip over and lose his footing.
Syed Rahim Nabi
Great cross from Ishfaq from the right towards Chidi but the Nigerian heads it over the bar.
Cavin Lobo tries to shoot from just otuside the box but his shot has gone hopelessly wide too. While Mohun Bagan's chances have dried up, East Bengal are trying to get a grip.
The Mohun Bagan looks blunt after Odafa had gone off the field and looks slow after coming on.
Nabi tries to play a one two with Denson and it almost comes through but Okpara clears it.
Nirmal Chhetri ready to take a freekick as Mohun Bagan win a foul down the right
And Odafa is finally back on!
CHANCE! Chidi tries to do it all himself but ends up shooting wide.
Break in play as Odafa goes down with cramps.
No real chances as the play is again bogged down in the midfield.
And Chidi breaks down the right and shoots but thats gone wide..
Confusion between Shilton Paul and Ichezona as they go for the same ball pumped into the box.
Ralte tries to shoot from range but goes straight to Shilton who has no difficulty holding on.
Freekick to Bagan! But Odafa hits it straight to the wall.
CHANCE! Great bit of play by Odafa down the left and he squares it for Tolgay who takes a great shooting position but his shot is blocked by Uga Okpara who puts his body on the line. Strangely NO PENALTY given.
Both teams not really creating any chances as the play is restricted to the midfield.
CHANCE! Ishfaq's ball into the box from the right almost finds Penn unmarked who was gearing up for the shot
And the second half begins with Mohun Bagan winning a corner but well punched by Abhijit and Chidi almost breaksbut for Ichezona.
End of the first half. The match is equally poised with both teams having chances but Bagan probably the closest with Odafa's swerving freekick
Great flick by Odafa towards Tolgay but Tolgay's cross into the box finds no Mohun Bagan shirt and can easily be cleared.
Was that a PENALTY? Aibor hacks down Chidi but thankfully the ball had already gone out so fair enough decision by the referee.
Yellow Card Echezona Anyichie
Sharp Shot from Edeh Chidi trying to beat Shilton at his near post. Shilton palms it away fro a corner.
Another poor long shot by Jewel Raja which goes hopelessly wide.
Mehtab's ball into the box is spilled by Shilton but Iche saves the day as Chidi was clean through on ball.
It seems Tolgay and Odafa have switched positions with Odafa down the right and Tolgay on the left with Manish playing withdrawn in the middle.
Khabra back flicks the ball onto Ishfaq but Nabi clears!
CRACKING TACKLE from Iche as he was second best for that ball but he puts in a brilliant sliding tackle from Penn in the box.
Mehtab's free kick but same end result, cleared easily by the Bagan defense
CHANCE! East Bengal have an opportunity to score themselves as bad defending from Jewel hands Penn the ball who crosses in for Baljit and his free header goes wide of Shilton's left side!
DOUBLE CHANCE for MOHUN BAGAN! Odafa is tackled by Mehtab and he wins a freekick from the edge of the box. What a brilliant freekick as Odafa swerves it to the far post but the crossbar comes in the way! On the rebound Odafa tests Abhijit once more as he tries to beat him at the near post.
CHANCE! Good bit of play from East Bengal down the right as Khabra plays on Ishfaq who evades the offside trap but his square ball into the box but to no avail.
On the other end Odafa almost does it on his won as he beats four players and then gets the pass back from Bhargav but only a timely block from Uga Okpara saves the day for the Red and Golds.
Penn tries to cross into the box but held by Shilton well.
Odafa is clean through! but OFFSIDE
Great ball by Ishfaq from midfield which almost finds Baljit but good bit of pressure from Iche and its held by Shilton.
CHANCE! Great play from Tolgay Ozbey! He dances into the box and dribbles past two defenders but his shot is blocked by Okpara for a corner!
CHANCE! After a good bit of play by Nabi whose cross into the box just evades Tolgay, Odafa keeps it in play and squares it for Manish Maithani but his feeble shot is held by Abhijit.
After a good bit of work from Bhargav, Odafa tries to pick out Tolgay but that was wide.
Denson Devadas ends up fouling Penn and another opportunity for Mehtab to swing the ball into the box. He tries to find Khabra but Nabi clears it. The linesman strangely says that it is a goal kick.
And Jewel Raja tries to strike from range but thats gone horribly wide.
Mehtab's free kick but cleared easily by the Mohun Bagan defense.
Chidi tries to turn Ichezona but the referee deems it a foul.
Mehtab tries to swing yet another ball into the box but no direction to it as Shilton holds on easily without any challenge. Dis jointed play from both teams.
Manish Bhargav tries to play a ball into the path of Odafa Okolie but well marshalled by Uga Okpara who clears the ball.
Chidi tries a shot in the box inspite of Khabra's run down the right which he fails to spot. The Bagan defense hold firm.
Ishfaq Ahmed nutmegs Nabi and the ball is free for Penn to chase who tries to find Chidi, but held easily by Shilton.
The Mohun Bagan defense stand strong as East Bengal look to test them out by long balls in the box.
East Bengal earn a freekick and Ralte tries to send in a cross but that's too much on the ball.
Penn Orji tries swinging a ball first time towards Chidi but there is too much on the ball.
Short corner swung into the box. Nirmal Chhetri's free header has gone wide!
CHANCE! Tolgay squares into the box and that is almost into the own net by Arnab Mondal just wide.
Poor corner at the far post as Ichezona easily clears the danger. The subsequent cross to Chidi has too much on the ball.
Chidi tries to cut into the box but Nabi puts his body into the line for a corner.
Great ball by Nirmal Chhetri onto the path of Tolgay Ozbey but well ushered out of play for a Goal kick by Uga Okpara
East Bengal immediately try to launch an attack with Mehtab going down the right but his attempt at a square pass is cleared by Denson
And we kick off!
And both sets of players have made their way into the pitch.
And the players are walking into the stadium and we are just raring to go for the Kolkata Derby Part II
Substitutes Mohun Bagan : Arindan Bhattacharjee, Khelemba Meetei, Wadoo, Masih, Snehasish, Quinton, Sushanth Mathew East Bengal: Naoba Singh, Gurwinder, Robert, Sanju, Barisic, Cavin Lobo, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
So what do you think will happen in the match? East Bengal to win comfortably or will Mohun Bagan somehow eke out a win?
Atleast statistically speaking, East Bengal enjoy a distinct advantage over the Mariners in the meetings between them. Sorry Mohun Bagan supporters!
Goals scored by both teams in the top tier football league of India East Bengal have so far scored 522 goals in NFL/I League (Season 2012-13- 32 goals) Mohun Bagan have so far scored 451 goals in NFL/I League (Season 2012-13 – 15 goals)
Leading Scorers in the I-League for both these teams Jose Barreto – 7 (All for Mohun Bagan) Baichung Bhutia – 6 (2-East Bengal,4-Mohun Bagan) Syed Rahim Nabi – 4 (All for East Bengal) Yusif Yakubu – 3 (All for East Bengal)
Some STATs before the Match Head to Head in NFL/I League Total Matches – 31 East Bengal Won – 13 Mohun Bagan Won – 10 Drawn – 8 East Bengal Goals – 37 (Including 3 goals awarded to East Bengal following Mohun Bagan’s forfeiture of tie in the previous clash) Mohun Bagan Goals – 28
Here is the Starting XI for both teams EB: Ahijit, Arnab, Okpara,Harmanjot, Soumik, Penn,Mehtab, Ralte, Ishfaq Ahmed, Baljit Singh Sahni, Edeh Chidi MB: Shilton, Aibor, Nirmal, Iche, Nabi, Denson, Jewel, Manish Bhargav, Manish Maithani, Odafa, Tolgay Ozbey
Do not expect the Salt Lake Stadium to be choc-a-bloc however as reportedly Mohun Bagan who are in charge of organising the match have decided to sell only 70,000 tickets due to security concerns especially after what happened last time around.
The crowd is steadily swelling up as we see people sauntering into the stadium. Equal representation of East Bengal as well as Mohun Bagan supporters at present.
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Welcome to the Salt Lake Stadium. This is Kaustav Bera and I will bring to you LIVE and EXCLUSIVE action from the big Kolkata Derby between eternal rivals Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.
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