Mohun bagan tromples on the rivals East Bengal to reach the Fed Cup finals

Arka Acharya  |  Mohun Bagan  |  1 Year Ago

Federation Cup semifinals, Mohunbagan 2-0 East Bengal.


Defending Champions Mohun Bagan comfortably beat their arch-rivals Kingfisher East Bengal 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Hero Federation Cup at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha today (May 14, 2017).Darryl Duffy’s 35th-minute header and Balwant Singh's 84th-minute strike proved to be the difference between the two sides as the defending Champions progressed to the Final of the Hero Federation Cup where Bengaluru FC is waiting for the challenge.


Sanjoy Sen opted to start the semifinal with Balwant Singh and Darryl Duffy up front while Anas Edathodika and Eduardo Ferreira marshalled the defesive forces. Katsumi Yusa and Sony Norde were deployed outwide.


 For East Bengal, Subhasish Roy Chowdhury started in goal while Mohammad Rafique, Bikash Jairu and Wedson Anselme were lined up just behind striker Willis Plaza.


Here are five talking points from the game:


#1 Drawing confidence from that early start, The Red and Golds threatened the Bagan goal on multiple occassions with Jairu delivering very dangerous crosses from the wings. In the 16th minute Rowllin Borges’s shot earned a good save by Mohun Bagan’s custodian Debjit Majumder and seven minutes later Wedson came close to drawing first blood when his shot from distance curled inches over the goal. For Mohun Bagan, the first real attempt at goal came in the 25th minute when a Sony Norde free-kick was parried away for a corner after Darryl Duffy was brought down.


#2 In the 35th minute came the opening goal .Darryl Duffy’s deft header off a Sony Norde cross crept into the back of the net as the East Bengal defence watched helplessly.


#3 Again it was The Red and Golds who started the second half well and Willis Plaza saw his hot saved by Debjit from a very promising position .Mohun Bagan’s midfield sat deep in the second half and protected the Mariner’s defence for much of the half, trying to safeguard the slender lead.The Bagan defence too became compact and proved impenetrable for the Kingfisher East Bengal duo of Plaza and Wedson.


#4 Debjit Majumder had to bring out his best again. In the 78th minute, he made a splendid reflex save to deny Plaza’s header from close range​. It was such a treat to eyes.


#5 With six minutes remaining in the game,Balwant Singh doubled Bagan's lead  by a splendid scissor kick in the 84th minute. Sehnaj playing in Yusa on the right and Katsumi Yusa found him in the box as he reached the byline before lifting a cross and he netted it with perfection.



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