A goal in each half saw David Booth's side register crucial three points against the Kolkata outfit in Goa...Mohun Bagan's fortunes haven't changed after being out of action for over a month or so as they suffered a defeat at the hands of Salgaocar FC at the Duler Stadium, Goa on Sunday. Gabriel Obatola and Josimar da Silva Martins scored on their league debut for the club and helped them to overpower the mighty Kolkata side.
All of Salgaocar's new foreign signings, namely Gabriel Obatola, John Wilkinson and Josimar da Silva made their debut for the home team, while Australian striker Tolgay Ozbey returned to Karim Bencherifa's full strength side which also included Syed Rahim Nabi who was hit by a missile in the ill-fated Kolkata derby .
In the first attempt of the match, Josimar's side volley connected Nicolau Colaco's cross but went wide in the fourth minute, while defender Celestine Echezona stood his ground well in the initial minutes as he helped organised the Bagan backline.
Josimar found Obatula in an open space, but Echezona got on it in a flash to block the Salgaocar striker's shot before Gilbert Oliveira's cross hit the Mariners centre-back for a penalty. Arindam Bhattacharya guessed wrong and dived to his left as Obatola sent his spot-kick wide in the 13th minute.
In another penalty shout, Francis Fernandes powered his way into the Mohun Bagan box, but went to ground rather too easily to a challenge by Echezona which was when Karnataka-based referee Andrew Shekhar booked the Salgaocar winger for simulation in the 27th minute.
Mohun Bagan keeper Arindam Bhattacharya did well to block Josimar's shot on goal, but the ball fell back in play for the Brazilian who spotted Obatola in the firing line. The Nigerian made no mistake to score the opener in the 35th minute.
Seven minutes later, Obatola did well to release Josimar upfont, but Jewel Raja provided good cover for his side's defense which helped Arindam claim the ball.
Crossing over in the 48th minute, Denson Devadas found Snehasish Chakraborty, who replaced Jewel Raja, in an open space on the left, but Salgaocar keeper Karanjit Singh did well to avert the danger.
In the 53rd minute, a one-two between Obatola and Wilkinson saw the latter swirl a shot which saw the Bagan custodian stretch to keep it from entering his net.
At the hour mark, Mohun Bagan midfielder Manish Bhargav's cross from the right was headed wide by Nabi at the near post.
Two minutes later, Francis Fernandes' brilliantly controlled the ball along the right wing to release Obatola who took a shot, and as Arindam Bhattacharya fumbled to grasp the ball, Josimar pounced the opportunity to slot home.
In the 69th minute, Arindam dived low to his right to keep Wilkinson's free-kick from sneaking in, while Obatola's follow-up shot went wide.
Mohun Bagan took far too long to cause any trouble for the home side as Salgaocar registered their third victory, earning them 14 points from 16 matches, while Karim Bencherifa is yet to open his account after the two-year ban over the club was revoked.
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