I League: Mohun Bagan 1-1 Sporting Club

Mohun Bagan were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Sporting Club de Goa.

The two clashed in the tenth round of the I League encounter played here at the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday.

The evenly contested match saw Mohun Bagan opened the score in the 73rd minute through Syed Rahim Nabi,  while Sporting Club equalised shortly when Kalu Ogba converted a spot kick.

The match started with both teams getting some chances on oppositions goal but there were no clear cut attempts. While Sporting Club De Goa created their chances through a passing game, Mohun Bagan were more content on playing the long ball hoping to find Odafa their star striker up front.

For the remainder of the first half it was an even battle with both teams having a fair share of miss passes as they were missing some key players.

In the second half the frustration started to show as NP Pradeep of Mohun Bagan and Victorino Fernandes of Sporting received yellow cards for bad tackles in the 55th and 61st minute respectively.

Finally Bagan break the deadlock, when Rahim Nabi was pushed upfront to support Odafa. The move paid off as Nabi neatly placed a long ball past the goalkeeper in the 73rd minute to score the opening goal.

Sporting equalised when, Victorino crossed the ball into the box which was handled by Bagan defender Kingshuk and resluted in a spot kick being awarded. Kalu Ogba stepped up to take the penalty and placed the ball along the ground sending Bagan keeper Sangaram the wrong way as he went diving to his left in the 80th minute.

The match ended 1-1 and it is to be seen if big spending Bagan can strike form this season as they have won only one match of their last 4 matches in the league.

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