Mohun Bagan Clinches Consecutive Victory by Outplaying Punjab FC in a Thrilling Contest

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This Durand Cup fixture saw an own goal.

Mohun Bagan Super Giant beat Punjab FC 2-0 to secure their second consecutive victory in a Group A fixture of the 132nd IndianOil Durand Cup being played here at the Kishore Bharathi Krirangan. Melroy Assisi’s own goal gave Mohun Bagan the lead while Hugo Boumous doubled the lead for the local side. Mohun Bagan has topped the group with this win.

Mohun Bagan Super Giant Head Coach Juan Ferrando was back at the touchline for this match and he made six changes to the side with many of the first team players having a crack at the game. Punjab FC Head Coach Staikos Vergetis named a strong side against the local side for their debut in the Durand Cup. The conditions were once again tricky as rain was pelting down making it tough for both sides to play free flowing football.

Tricky Conditions and Cautious Start

Both teams started cautiously looking to settle into the conditions. MBSG settled quicker than PFC and started to stitch together some passes in the opponents half. On the other end right winger Leon Augustine was creating problems for the MBSG captain Subhasish Bose which resulted in the latter receiving a booking early into the half.

Mohun Bagan Takes the Lead

Mohun Bagan broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute. Manvir Singh received a ball on the right wing and the forward wriggled past Nikhil Prabhu and put in a low cross which was deflected into his own goal by Melroy Assisi with Suhail Bhat lurking behind him. Punjab were lively in patches especially with Krishnananda Singh lively down the left wing for PFC but he could not find the telling pass for the side from Punjab to equalize with Luka Majcen getting very less service inside the box.

Double Blow for Punjab FC

The introduction of Juan Mera changed the complexion of PFC’s attack with the tricky winger influencing the game. But it was the Mariners who doubled their lead in the 48th minute through a swift counter attack. Hugo Boumous collected the ball and found Listin Colaco whose chip cross was not pushed to safety by the Punjab goalkeeper Kiran Kumar Limbu.

Punjab’s Attempts Denied

The rebound fell kindly for Boumous who tapped the ball inside the goal. Punjab almost got a goal back in the very next minute. Krishnananda again found Luka on the edge of the box and the Slovenian hit the crossbar. Punjab was on the front foot and was threatening the Mohun Bagan goal regularly. Amarjit Singh found Luka with a headed pass and the forward’s left-footed attempt was saved well by Mohun Bagan keeper Vishal Kaith.

Mohun Bagan Secures Victory

Punjab FC kept on pushing the Mariners’ defense but Anwar Ali and Brendan Hamill were too strong to breach. The final score remained the same in favor of Mohun Bagan, giving them their second consecutive victory of the tournament.

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