The stars and the fails of Mohun Bagan's thumping Bengaluru at home

Arijit Mukherjee  |  Mohun Bagan  |  1 Year Ago

The Green and Maroon brigade put in their most complete performance of the season to humiliate the defending champions at the Rabindra Sarobar on Sunday evening. It was a sheer masterclass on display from the Haitian-Japanese combo of Mohun Bagan which made mincemeat of the Bengaluru defence.


Mohun Bagan played an inspiring match to say the least at last this season, as the team looked to have found the brilliant form like they had in the last year and what a time to get your best form back. From the outset Bagan were simply unstoppable and the flow of the match was reminding everyone of last year when the Mariners had humiliated the Bengaluru Boys with a five goal drubbing.


Sony Norde, the Haitian magician after a long time was at his mesmerizing best and when he is on song, there are hardly any defence in India who can stop him. He made a mockery of Sandesh Jhingan and Udanta Singh on a number of occasions during the match with his dinking runs and cut-ins from the left. It started from the very first minute and it continued till the end of the match.


As we say morning says the day and show it happened, the midfield for Rocha’s men were non-existent and he may have blundered in not getting the first team onto the field from the outset but it was clear he wants to save the big guns for the AFC Cup matches as they are already out of reckoning in the league.


As predicted earlier the 20 day break has really rejuvenated the Green and Maroon warriors and throughout the match the Bengaluru attack comprising Vineeth, Udanta and Alwyn George were never able trouble them even once. The only chance they created in the whole match was when Mandar Rao Desai’s header came off the underside of the bar after a partial save from Debjit.


The defence played their best this season even though Raju Gaikwad made a comeback in this match after a long injury break and people suspected his mobility against Udanta but Anas covered him brilliantly throughout the match on the few occasions Udanta managed to pass Raju.


The central midfield looked solid after a long time, Souvik was as usual solid and reliable but the major surprise was Sehnaj who had a great match for the Mariners after a really long time and more surprisingly he survived the match without a card. The attacking line-up of Sony, Katsumi, Duffy and young Azharuddin Mullick was at their menacing best and ran rings around the Bengaluru defence. John Johnson and Juan Antonio combine was completely ineffective. Unfortunately for the Blue’s there was not a single player who stood out.


Sony assisted all the goals, the first a sumptuous cross-field cross for Katsumi to blast home from the edge of the box, even though Amarinder manage to lend a hand to it but it was too hot to stop. The second assist from Sony was even better when a brilliant and precise free-kick from 35 yards landed right on top of Duffy to nudge it from close range without any obstruction.  The last one was the best of the lot, collecting a loose ball at the edge of his area Sony through the entire Bengaluru defence skipping three to four of the Blue’s to square it to Katsumi for his second and Bagan’s third. Katsumi could have scores his hat trick and Mohun Bagan could have really embarrassed Rocha if the Bagan forwards had made full utilisation of numerous other chances they got.


All in all it was a complete team effort and at last the Bagan team showed they are the real favourites. This kind of performance right before the derby will really make Coach Sanjoy Sen happy and impressed to say the least.


They achieved this with Jeje and Balwant on the bench is real scary for the other teams. At last even the Bagan fans had found their way to the Rabindra Sarobar and dismal turnouts in the previous matches were completely transformed into a near full house with some strong messages for the Bengaluru team coming in from the Bagan supporters just reminding them of the ruckus and obscenity created by their own set of fans The West Block Blues. It was just a tit for tat. Surprisingly the self-proclaimed most passionate supporters in Indian football were nowhere to be seen at Rabindra Sarobar, that was kind of disappointing as their presence would further spiced up the fan’s war to the fullest.


Overall the mesmerizing performance by the Bagan boys smells danger for their future opponents including the two direct title contenders East Bengal and Aizawl FC. Khalid Jamil, the Aizawl coach was present at the Sarobar watching the match to make sure he scouts his most dangerous opponent closely.


Overall the Mega Match of Indian club Football was kind of an anti-climax for the neutrals but was a huge sigh of relief and joy for the Bagan fans. No one can grudge their confidence after the match, of winning the League as it was very much on display by their team.


I League has finally restarted on the right note and looking to watch more interesting fares as the league reaches its climax. Now all eyes on Siliguri for the return Derby, what high voltage and explosive match it would be…



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