I-League: Dipanda Dicka strikes sink East Bengal in Kolkata derby
Criticised for being profligate contained in the 18-yard field, Dipanda Dicka stepped up his sport when it mattered most with two good targets, as Mohun Bagan outclassed East Bengal 2-Zero in a much-anticipated I-League derby in Kolkata on Sunday.
Written off in the run-up to the high-voltage fixture on account of their extended hunch, a beleaguered Mohun Bagan discovered a star in Dicka, who confirmed his predatory expertise with a few volleys out of high drawer as East Bengal’s hopes of profitable the league virtually went up in smoke.
Mohun Bagan jumped two locations to be fourth in the standings after their dominating end and they’ve 16 factors with a match in hand in opposition to East Bengal, who slipped to 3rd with 19 factors from 10 outings.
It was a match that Mohun Bagan ought to have received by an even bigger margin had Nikhil Kadam and Akram not bungled clear alternatives.
The Cameroonian struck the primary one with a snap volley in what was one of many quickest objective of the season in the opening minute whereas the second (34th) was a deal with to the eyes as his acrobatic volley thundered into the again of the online.
This was East Bengal’s second lack of the season and each have come in opposition to their bitter foes, the primary being a Zero-1 defeat on December 3 in the first-leg.
Emotional scenes had been witnessed in the embattled Mariners camp because the green-and-maroon followers sported masks of Sony Norde, their injured star I-League profitable striker, who has determined to half methods.
It was a ruthless present by Mohun Bagan because the Khalid Jamil-coached facet hardly had any probability and had a momentary pleasure in the 27th minute when Katsumi Yusa speared in an ideal supply for Willis Plaza to go it in.
But the assistant referee raised the flag and disallowed the objective as East Bengal continued to stay in the lurch.
Such was their sheer domination that Mohun Bagan may have pumped in no less than half a dozen targets as Dicka missed a hattrick, whereas Kadam squandered a one-on-one with Luis Barreto in the first-half damage time.
Churchill Brothers’ I-League profitable ahead Akram Moghrabi additionally had an excellent alternative after being arrange by Dicka from the left however he shot over the bar in his maiden outing for Mohun Bagan.
Dicka gave Mohun Bagan a dream begin to the derby as East Bengal’s defence was caught napping when he utilised Nikhil Kadam’s cross that was arrange by Akram.
The Cameroon striker discovered himself in an ideal place from a Raynier Fernandes’ nook kick as he took it on the total and his left-footed volley was out of attain for Barreto.
There was no trying again for Mohun Bagan from then on and they bought their marketing campaign again on observe with a memorable maiden derby win for coach Shankarlal Chakraborty, who was elevated after I-League profitable Sanjoy Sen stepped down.
Shankarlal rung in three adjustments to their line-up, together with a Mariners debut for Moghrabi, who partnered Dicka in their 4-4-2 formation.