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Costa Rica’s Saprissa beat Mohun Bagan 1-1

Deportivo Saprissa from Costa Rica beat local giants Mohun Bagan 1-0 in a group B quarter final league match of 117th IFA Shield Football tournament at Kalyani Municipal stadium on Sunday. The all-important goal was beautifully netted by 2002 World Cupper Walter Centeno in the 77rd minute.

Centeno along with another former World Cupper Steven Bryce and another Costa Rican international Alonso Solis joined Saprissa today which enabled the visitors to overcome the strong challenge from the local favourites. Mohun Bagan, who had already assured their berth in the last four stages winning their earlier matches against United Sikkim and Pune FC are now leading the table with six points from three matches.

They are followed by Deportivo Saprissa and Pune FC, both of who have earned four points after playing three and two matches respectively. The second qualifier from this group and the group champion would be decided after Saprissa play their match against United Sikkim on March 12.

Saprissa were engaged in a goalless draw with Pune FC and today the put up a vastly improved performance from their lacklustre display in their opening match. The addition of three key players has definitely sharpened their attack as well as added strength to their defence to a great extent. They were also successful in bottling up Bagan’s main striker Odafa Okolie with tight marking.


Sesa Football Academy put up a dominating show to hold Mohun Bagan to a goalless draw while local outfit Tata Football Academy came from behind to beat ONGC 2-1 in the sixth under-20 I-League ties on Sunday.
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