I-League: Mohun Bagan crush Shillong Lajong 3-Zero to climb to third spot
Mohun Bagan put up splendid efficiency crushing Shillong Lajong 3-Zero in an necessary away encounter to climb to the third spot within the I-League desk.
Dipanda Dicka (30th min), Akram Moghrabi (86th min) and Sheikh Faiaz (89th min) scored the profitable objectives for the Kolkata giants to leapfrog their arch-rivals to the third spot on the desk with 20 factors from 12 outings.
Coach Shankarlal Chakraborty opted to hand Azharuddin a begin on the best wing whereas he deployed Nikhil Kadam on the broad left.
Mohun Bagan broke the impasse within the 30th minute with Dicka’s sensible header off a Cameron Watson cross that beat Lajong goalkeeper Lachenpa.
Towards the tip of the primary half, Lajong got here shut to the equaliser time and once more however ultimately, Mohun Bagan maintained their lead.
Mohun Bagan additionally made their first substitution within the 44th minute with Faiaz changing Azharuddin.
Lajong’s finest probability within the first half got here within the dying minutes of the primary half when Lajong’s Samuel Lalmuanpuia despatched a volley which might have discovered the again of the web had it not been put away by an acrobatic save from Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul.
The second half of the sport bought off to a quick begin as each teams headed into the sport with renewed power after the break.
However, Mohun Bagan’s earlier purpose had given the workforce the arrogance they wanted to preserve the sport of their pocket.
A quick-paced second half didn’t assist the hosts as they tried desperately to acquire an equalizer which solely resulted in a again and forth recreation with their decided opponents.
The Cote D’Ivoire-based striker Koffi may have discovered the again of the web however his mistimed header went astray, a lot to the dismay of the Lajong supporters.
However, the dying minutes of the sport noticed back-to-back objectives from the guests as they recreation swung decisively of their favour.
Akram doubled their lead within the 86th minute with a relaxed end after the ball was dished out to him on a platter by Raynier Fernandes, who changed Watson.
Any hopes that the hosts harboured of salvaging some extent was blown away three minutes later when Faiaz scored Mohun Bagan’s third purpose within the 89th minute, which was certainly the nail within the coffin.
Having bagged all three factors from Shillong defying all odds, high-flying Mariners will now head to Coimbatore to tackle Chennai City on February 7 whereas Lajong will face the league leaders Minerva Punjab FC identical day.