AFC Cup 2017 REPORT: Mohun Bagan 3-1 Bengaluru FC - Mariners secure a morale boosting victory ahead of Fed Cup final
A second string Mohun Bagan side wee good enough to see an equally depleted Bengaluru FC in the penultimate AFC Cup group stage match...

Mohun Bagan were 3-1 winners over Bengaluru FC with goals from Jeje Lalpekhlua (9'), Kean Lewis (72') and Bikramjit SIngh (80') enough to see off a solitary strike from Seminlen Doungel in the 52nd minute. 

Sanjoy Sen made nine changes from the side that was in action against East Bengal in the Federation Cup with only Eduardo Fereira and Balwant Singh being retained on the team. Raynier Fernandes started in midfield while Sanjay Balmuchu was on the left side of defense. 

Meanwhile for Bengaluru FC, Albert Roca too had two men from the Federation Cup win against Aizawl with Salam Ranjan Singh and CK Vineeth reprising their role. There were no foreigners in the squad as the Spaniard elected to start with an all Indian XI. 

With concerted pressure from the opening side in what was an end to end affair it was Jeje Lalpekhlua who opened the scoring within the first ten minutes of the match itself.  A long ball from defense saw Raynier Fernandes control the ball expertly outside the box before deftly chipping it towards the run of Jeje who reached right on time to easily work it past Ralte towards the far corner. 

In the 18th minute, Malswamzuala uncorked the Mohun Bagan defense but his ball across the face of the goal just evaded CK Vineeth. 

Seminlen Doungel was similarly guilty of wasting an opportunity about five minutes later as he went past the struggling defense but his last touch took the ball far away from him and allowed Shilton Paul to gather. 

The first half was a topsy turvy affair and saw Balwant Singh being taken off with young Azharuddin Mullick coming on and failing to get on the end of a lovely Prabir cross form the right. 

Danile Lalhimpuia played Doungel on who again ran past the Mohun Bagan defense before smacking it with power past Shilton Paul who seemed to be a bit off the line and failed to judge the shot.

Prabir continued to plague the Blues backline as he again beat the defense for pace but the ball across the face of the goal again evaded Azharuddin at full stretch.

Jeje was guilty of wasting a golden opportunity after Prabir again found him in acres of space with plenty of time but Jeje only managed to sky it from point blank range. 

However Mohun Bagan's attacking instinct could not be curtailed as Kean Lewis ran onto a Bikramjit Singh ball before taking Nishu Kumar for a spin. His eventual shot towards goal took a meaty deflection off Gursimrat Gill and put Ralte off as it landed at the back of the net in the 72nd minute. 

Bikramjit SIngh made it 3-1 in the 80th minute after starting the move with a fine long diagonal to Kean Lewis on the left. Lewis's intiital shot as he came into the box was blocked but fell to Bikramjit on the edge of the box. His piledriver of an effort gave Ralte no chance as Mohun Bagan sauntered at this stage.

The match concluded with some late drama as a CK Vineeth freekick saw Shilton Paul deflect the ball onto his post before the Mohun Bagan defense could clear. 

While Mohun Bagan already eliminated, and Maziya winning against Abahani, Bengaluru FC will now need a win to qualify for the next stage. 


 

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