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Mohun Bagan vs EB derby match ends in 1-1 draw

East Bengal struck in the space of six minutes after Mohun Bagan got the lead as the two traditional rivals settled for a 1-1 draw in an otherwise lacklustre I-League derby clash at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan here on Tuesday.

Mohun Bagan drew the first blood in the 24th minute when their marquee recruit Pierre Boya perfectly headed a clinical corner by Katsumi Yusa to put it past Abhijit Mondal under the bar.

A minute earlier, Mondal saved a powerful Boya header from a close angle but this time he was out of reach to thwart the Cameroon striker’s attempt.

But the joy was shortlived as East Bengal, who were the hosts of the first leg, brought the match on an even keel and it was Ranty Martins who made amend of his costly miss in the first minute with a brilliant header.

The goal was set up by Mehtab Hossain from a corner as the East Bengal playmaker played a nice ball to Mama who curled it in with Martins timing it perfectly for the equaliser.

The second-half was all about hits and misses but neither team could make a perfect finish as East Bengal would surely regret Nigerian Martin’s goof-up against the run of play in the first minute.
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