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Mohun Bagan v Punjab FC Match Report, 9/1/19

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Omar El Hussieny (30 pen)
A. Dipanda (69)
Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium)
I-League 2018-19: Khalid Jamil guide Mohun Bagan to a win against clueless Minerva Punjab
9:32 pm AEDT 9/1/19
Omar Elhusseiny
Omar Elhussieny and Aser Dipanda on target against Minerva Punjab...

Mohun Bagan returned to winning ways under the guidance of Khalid Jamil after beating Minerva Punjab 2-0 at the Saltlake Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Sony Norde once again stole the limelight for Bagan as he was the livewire for the Mariners in the attacking third. Aser Dipanda regained his shooting boots (69') after Omar El Hussieny scored the opening goal from the spot (30').

Khalid Jamil. in his first match as head coach of Mohun Bagan, made five changes to the side from their defeat against Real Kashmir. Dalraj Singh and Gurjinder Kumar made their way back into a four-man backline. Former Mumbai FC player Darren Caldeira started in place of Sourav Das in midfield. Khiangte was dropped from the matchday squad and Azharuddin Mallick started on the left flank. Ugandan striker Henry Kisekka also found himself relegated to the bench as Jamil preferred Aser Dipanda up front. 

Minerva Punjab also shook up things in the middle since their 2-0 loss against Churchill Brothers. Prabhjot Singh, Akshdeep Singh, Thoiba Singh and Yu Kuboki made their way into the starting line-up as Paul Munster chose to field his side in a 5-4-1 formation.

It was one-way traffic for the entirety of the first half as Mohun Bagan looked a rejuvenated side under Jamil. Sony Norde started on the right but soon reverted to his usual position on the left flank.

Bagan kept knocking on Minerva's goal but The Warriors held their fort well to weather the initial onslaught.

Just as Minerva started to enjoy possession, Lancine Toure brought down Dipanda inside the box and referee Ramaswamy Srikrishna Coimbatore had no qualms in pointing towards the spot. Omar Elhussieny stepped up and calmly slotted into the net, sending Bhaskar Roy the wrong way.

Bagan continued their domination in the second half as well. Yuta Kinowaki and Omar were winning the midfield battle against Minerva which complicated matters for Munster's team.

A sublime through ball from Norde bisected the two centre-backs to set up Dipanda for Bagan's second in the 69th minute. The Cameroonian striker latched on to the through ball and remained calm in a one-on-one with the keeper to score his fifth goal of the campaign.

Minerva started pouring men forward in the last quarter of the match but could not break Bagan's defence.

The hosts will continue to enjoy home advantage when take on NEROCA on December 12 whereas the defending champions will face Gokulam Kerala in Chandigarh on January 19.