East Bengal came back from being two goals down to salvage a point against Mohun Bagan in the first Kolkata derby of the season on Sunday. Jim Acosta scored just before half-time and Laldanmawia added another goal in the second half for East Bengal after Mohun Bagan has take the lead through Pintu Mahata and Henry Kisekka.
Here is how it happened in the Calcutta Football League derby clash between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan:
18:30 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
FULL TIME: East Bengal 2-2 Mohun Bagan
The derby ends in a draw. East Bengal will be really happy to share the points after being 2-goals down. Bahan will rue the chance.
18:29 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
East Bengal makes a messy clearance in the box. Dagar then goes down complaining of pain. He is back up again in no time too.
18:25 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
5 minutes of extra time has been added. Can any team secure the win?
18:20 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
We are into last five minutes of the regulated time. Both teams are trying hard to break the deadlock. However, there haven’t been many shots on target.
18:17 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Chance! Good cross from Pintu Mahata but Dicka’s header is wide.
18:15 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
SUB! Azharuddin Mallick replaces Britto PM.
18:10 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
SUB! Surabuddin Mallick comes on for Laldanmawia Ralte.
18:05 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
East Bengal on the attack now- they win two free-kicks but Bagan defence is solid.
18:03 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Chance! Dicka finds himself with space after Acosta gave the ball away. However, he fails to put Bagan ahead again.
17:57 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
East Bengal has levelled. Laldanmawia scores from a corner to make it 2-2.
17:56 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Abhishek Ambekar brings Danmawia down as players rush onto the spot and involve in pushing and shoving. Al-Amna and Shilton Paul booked for their involment in the scuffle.
17:53 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Bagan’s Mehtab Hossain stretchered off due to a possible twist.
17:48 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
SUB! Mehtab Hossain replaces Shilton de Silva.
17:48 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Yellow! Kassim Aidara picks up booking for a poorly timed challenge on Pintu.
17:43 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
EB is on the attack- they win a freekick 40-odd yards from the goal. However, it amounts to nothing.
17:40 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
The second half has started.
17:19 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
HALFTIME: East Bengal 1-2 Mohun Bagan
East Bengal has scored a crucial goal just before the break. The second half should be interesting.
17:17 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
GOAL!!!!! East Bengal has pulled one back in the added time.
It’s a freak goal. The Bagan goalkeeper could not collect a header cleanly. the ball bounced off Acosta to get inside the goal.
17:15 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Free Kick for East Bengal! However, Bagan defenders put it out easily.
17:12 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Mohun Bagan is the side with more chances right now. Abhishek tries to put it in the EB box from the left but his shot sails over the post.
17:08 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Ouch- That’s gonna hurt!
There is a clash of heads just outside the Mohun Bagan box. Both players get ice-pack treatment.
17:03 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Henry Kisekka’s extends Bagan’s lead to 2-0. He got the ball from the right wing and put it in with great control.
17:02 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
GOAL!!!!!!! Mohun Bagan has doubled their lead.
16:56 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Kisekka nearly makes it two but his attempt flashes just wide of the target.
16:56 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Good chance for East Bengal from a corner. However, Johnny Acosta’s header is wide.
16:55 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a superb strike from Pintu Mahata. Hats off!!! A superb attack from Mohun Bagan. Pintu takes full use of brilliant pass from Arijit. East Bengal goalie had no chance.!! 1-0 for Mohun Bagan after the 19th minute.
16:51 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
The good freekick from East Bengal. Acosta tries to connect but only manages to collide with goal-keeper. On the other side, a good strike from Mohun Bagan’s Dipanda goes slightly out of the framework. Weak Henry shot too easily saved. Still goalless.
16:46 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
0-0 so far after 10 minutes. Mohun Bagan definitely enjoying better parts of the exchange.
16:42 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Early exchange slightly favouring Mohun Bagan so far. Henry took a brilliant freekick and superbly saved by Rakshit.
16:41 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
East Bengal: Dagar (GK), Samas, Mehtab, Acosta, Lalramchullova, Laldanmawia, Kamalpreet, Aidara, Kassim, Brandon, Al-Amna, Justin
Mohun Bagan: Shilton Paul (GK), Arijit, Kingsley, Lalchawnkima, Ambekar, Britto, Pintu, Sourav Das, Shilton de Silva, Dipanda, Henry
16:36 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
Mohun Bagan playing unchanged XI. Only one change for East Bengal, Acosta playing for a red and gold brigade.
16:14 IST Sunday, 2 September 2018
It has rained heavily in Kolkata today. The ground will be heavy and whoever controls the midfield is likely to have the edge.
Kolkata arch-rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are facing off for the first time this season, in the Calcutta Football League. The match will start at 4.30 PM and will be held at Yuva Bharati Krirangan, in Salt Lake Kolkata. Mohun Bagan coached by Shankarlal Chakraborty will be desperate to break East Bengal’s stranglehold over Calcutta Football League. The red and gold brigade have won the title for eight times in a row now and will be favourites to lift the trophy again if they can get better of their traditional rivals on Sunday. The only problem is, East Bengal hasn’t defeated Mohun Bagan in their last six outings.
The point was made by East Bengal Technical Director Subhas Bhowmick who said that they will be looking to break the streak. There has been the huge interest to watch this first derby of the season with mad scramble among fans to get tickets. One big reason is that East Bengal’s Costa Rican World Cupper Johnny Acosta will be making his debut. Other players to look out for are Kamalpreet Singh and Al Amna among the East Bengal stars.
For Mohun Bagan, the top billings are for Dicka, Kingsley and Shilton.
On paper, East Bengal is slight favourites, but as any old Kolkata football veteran will say, it is always 50-50 in a derby. In the end, it may well be a case of Mohun Bagan forward line versus the East Bengal defence.
Where to Watch
The match will be telecasted by Sadhna News from 4.30 PM. You can watch the live stream here
Mohun Bagan Probable XI: Shilton, Arijit, Kingsley, Shilton De Silva, Abhishek, Britto, Pintu, Dicka, Henry, Lalchhawnkima, Mehtab
East Bengal Probable XI: Rakshit, Acosta, Kingshuk, Al-Amna, Samad, Lalramchullova, Kassim, Kamalpreet, Brandon, Laldanmawia, Justin