Mohun Bagan vs Chennai City FC 5 Talking Points
MB vs CCFC 5 Talking Points
Former champions Mohun Bagan suffered a disaster at their home ground with a 1-2 loss to 10-man Chennai City FC in I-League 2017-18. It was the first defeat to Mohun Bagan in this season. This was 2018’s first football match in India.
Chennai City’s trusted striker Joachim provided the breakthrough in the fifth minute. After youngster Sourav Das lost the ball to Murilo Almeida, the latter powered forward and passed the ball to Joachim on the right. The Frenchman made no mistake, beating goalkeeper Shilton Paul with a right-footer to stun the home fans.
2.Red Card to Pradeep Mohanraj
Pradeep Mohanraj, who had made a fine clearance earlier, was guilty of handling the ball on the goalline. The Chennai City midfielder received a red card and his team conceded a penalty in the 35th minute. Kromah wrong-footed Chennai City custodian Uros Poljanec to make it 1-1. Despite a string of attacks from Bagan, Chennai City, led by the hard-working Almeida, hung on bravely.
3.Veniamin Shumeyko’s brilliant header
A fine effort in the 71st minute enabled the visitors to regain the lead. Almeida won a corner and Kyrgyz- import Shumeiko rose to meet Soosairaj’s shot from the left to score a spectacular goal.
4.”Go Back Sanjoy Sen”
The loss also exposed the Sanjoy Sen-coached side’s over-reliance on their star Haitian forward Sony Norde who is out with a knee injury. The familiar chants of ‘go back Sanjoy Sen’ echoed the Maidan with thousands booing the coach as it seems the days are numbered for the I-League winning Mohun Bagan coach.
5. Sanjoy Sen steps down as Mohun Bagan coach
The loss against CCFC had made Sanjoy sen to resign his job.
“I did not have the mentality to continue after this loss and three home draws where we could not come back. We lost at home, I had decided that I would step down if that happened,” said Sen.
Sen was appointed the chief coach for the Mariners in December 2014 after the club parted ways with technical director Subhas Bhowmick and was instrumental in their I- League triumph in 2014-15. He had previously been in-charge of Kolkata clubs like Mohammedan Sporting and United Sports Club and enjoyed success mostly in Cup competitions.