Aizawl FC, Mohun Bagan post home wins
Defending champions Mohun Bagan pipped Sporting Clube de Goa 1-0 courtesy Katsumi Yusa’s late strike, tightening their grip on the pole position of the I-League football tournament, here on Saturday.
At the halfway stage after eight rounds, Mohun Bagan are the only team to maintain an unbeaten record with 18 points from eight games with five wins and three drawn games. They are three points clear of second placed Benglauru FC, who are on 15 points with equal number of wins.
Katsumi’s 73rd minute strike from a Sony Norde centre proved to be the difference in a match where Goan side gave Mariners a tough time but it was their young goalkeeper Debjit Majumder who thwarted each of their attempt with an impressive performance under the bar.
Aizawl FC rode on twin second half-strikes from Joel Sunday and H Lalmuankima in a space of two minutes to log home full points against Mumbai FC in the 8th round encounter of the I-League football championship, on Saturday.
This was Aizawl’s second win in the championship. The home team made as many as five changes in their starting XI. Mumbai FC also made 4 alterations in their starting XI.
In the 66th minute, Sunday tapped a cross from Lalmuankima and broke the deadlock. Even before Mumbai FC could settle in after the first goal, Aizawl FC found the net again as Lalmuannkima scored from a bice cross delivered by Albert.