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Bagan go atop I-League table

Mohun Bagan blanked former champions Dempo 2-0, overcoming a stiff second half challenge to go one point clear of Bengaluru FC atop the standings in the I-League on Sunday.

Dhanachandra Singh fired his side to lead from a Katsumi Yusa corner kick in the 27th minute and Balwant Singh headed home the second in the 85th minute from a Yusa freekick at the Viveakananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan.

Moments after conceding the second, both teams were reduced to 10 players as Dempo's star forward Carlos Hernandez and Mohun Bagan's midfielder Shehnaz Singh were sent off following an unsavoury scuffle. The former Costa Rican World Cupper shoved and chested Singh after the Dempo marquee recruit was slided down from behind by the Mohun Bagan mid-fielder. But before the stadium broke into a battlefield the match officials and pacified both the parties and sent off the duo.

Mohun Bagan (18 points) held on to the 2-0 lead and jumped past overnight leader Bengaluru FC (17) to go on top with two matches in hand against the defending champions. Much of the credit goes to the young Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Debjit Majumder who thwarted all Bengaluru raids to be adjudged man of the match.

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