I-League: Bengaluru FC 0-2 Mohun Bagan AC
The Mariners stamped 2-0 win against the Blues at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium tonight, courtesy two second-half strikes from Jeje Lalpekhlua and Sony Norde.
Sanjoy Sen started with Kean Lewis and Cornell Glen at the up front and Sony Norde and skipper Katsui Yusa were appointed to operate the game from the wings.
The game started off at a blistering pace and the home team earned their first corner in the third minute, although they couldn´t percolate the Mariners defense.
As the game progressed it was getting more physical and referee Ajit Meitei had to blow his whistle quite a few times. In the 14th minute, Pronay Halder had an elbow on Thoi Singh and referee didn´t hesitate to flash the yellow card.
Both teams tried their luck from outside the box but the defenders showed their resilience to thwart the opponent attackers. Curtis Osano, Lalchuanmawia Fanai and Kim Song Yong went into the referee´s book for their rasping challenges in the first half.
The Blues had fine start of the second half with Beikho almost found the target just 2 minutes into the second half. In the following minute in-form Bagan striker Cornell Glen’s whose attempt sailed over the crossbar.
Just after the hour-mark, Bengaluru FC got hurt by the massive blow when Lalchhuanmawia Fanai received the marching order after bringing down Sony Norde on a counter-attacking move by the Mariners.
Jeje Lalpekhlua broke the deadlock from the left side of the box in 74th minute after Glen found the Mizo.
Ashley Westwood tried to change things and introduced the fresh pair of legs in the forms of Vineeth and Len but they couldn´t break the Mohun Bagan defiance.
In the last minute of the added time, Sony Norde beat Blues defensive line with his pace and his left footed cutter went inside the net past Amrinder into the far post that handed Mariners first victory against the Blues in Bengaluru.
With the win, Mohun Bagan leapfrogged their arch rivals Kingfisher East Bengal to the second spot on the table, owing to their better goal difference. Bengaluru FC still holds the top spot with 15 points despite two defeats.
Defending champion register their first ever win in Bengaluru over the Blues...