Mohun Bagan keep their title hopes alive by defeating Mohammedan after 7 years

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Today Mohun Bagan faced Mohammedan in the Kalyani Municipality stadium. This match was of immense importance to both the teams.

A draw or defeat for both team would have ended their title dream. Mohun Bagan started the match in attacking mode. The hit Kamo-Kromah duo along with winger Azharuddin started attacking with high pace. During this time Mohammedan were fighting valiantly to resist Mohun Bagan attackers.

The first chance of goal came in 7th minute.Kromah passed the ball to Nikhil Kadam. Nikhil bursted from the right flank but his shot was saved by Mohammedan goalie Shankar. Then Mohun Bagan got another chance of breaking the deadlock in 14th minute but Azharuddin missed the chance. In the 21th minute of the match Mohammedan got the lead against play. Dipendu Dowary’s cross was misjudged by Bagan captain Kingshuk and right-back Arijit Bagui giving Sheikh Faiaz the chance to score freely.

Mohun Bagan’s intensity in attack reduced after consuming the goal. They were still trying to equalize but Mohammedan players were starting to take control of midfield. In the 32nd minute of the match Mohun Bagan came very close to equalize. Kamo and Kromah managed to get past the Mohammedan defenders and gave the ball to Ricky. Ricky’s cross was met by Azharuddin but his head came off the post. Mohun Bagan pressed with all their strength. They finally got the prize of their effort in the 37th minute of the match. Kamo recieved the ball in the right flank. He dribbled Mohammedan left back Amit Chakraborty and put a perfect centre. Azharuddin put the ball into the back of the net just like a poacher. Then both the teams were trying to get back the lead. Mohammedan’s main player Djipanda Dika and Dipendu Dowari were posing threat to Mohun Bagan defence. On the other hand Kamo, Kromah and Azharuddin were trying to crack the stubborn Mohammedan defence.

In the 41th minute of the match Mohun Bagan got a free-kick but Kamo failed to utilise it. In the second half Mohun Bagan again started attacking. Mohammedan were also trying to break Mohun Bagan defence on counter attacks. Mohun Bagan were going restless and made unnecessary rash fouls. Mohun Bagan now were trying to utilise their left flank. Ricky, Azharuddin were constantly linking up with each other to crack the black and white defence. Mohun Bagan bought Chesterpaul Lyngdoh in an hour mark of the match. In the 75th minute, Mohun Bagan again lost an opportunity. Ricky put a brilliant cross in the middle of black and white penalty box but there was no Mohun Bagan player to meet the cross. Mohammedan again got close to get their second goal in the 77th minute. .

Mohun Bagan goalie Shilton Pal misjudged the flight of Dipendu’s cross. The ball landed in the feet of Dicka but he failed to utilize the opportunity. In the 86th minute of the match Kromah missed a golden oppotunity. He received a brilliant pass from Kamo but he shoot straight at Shankar. Shankar saved the shot partly. Kromah received the ball and shoot again but Shankar again resisted Mohun Bagan from getting the lead. It seemed that the match will end in a draw and league leader East Bengal will get the advantage to lift CFL. But God had other plans. In the 1st additional minute Azharuddin gave Mohun Bagan their much seeked lead. Chesterpaul put a perfect cross from the right and Azharuddin headed the ball past Shankar.

The match finally ended giving Mohun Bagan their valuable three points. On the other hand Mohammedan sporting are out of the title race. Mohun Bagan has 19points from seven matches while Mohammedan has 10points from 6matches. It seems the Kolkata derby will be the title-decider of this year CFL.