Lalpekhlua, Norde secure Mohun win

Indian side Mohun Bagan won their third straight game when they defeated Yangon United of Myanmar 3-2 in their Group G match of the AFC Cup played at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Guwahati on Wednesday.

The win sees Mohun at the top of the standings with nine points followed by Yangon and Maziya Sports & Recreation on four points and South China bottom with no points after three matches.

With JSW Bengaluru also picking up their first win of this year’s campaign away at Ayeyawady United earlier in the day, it was a clean sweep for Indian teams in the AFC Cup on Wednesday.

Mohun’s goals were scored by Sony Norde in the 10th minute and a brace from Jeje Lalpekhlua in the 21st and 66th minutes. Yangon’s goals came via a brace by Brazilian Marcelo Fernandes in the 33rd and 64th minutes.

Mohun took the lead early on when Katsumi Yusa’s free-kick from the right was headed home by Norde from six yards.

Norde and Katsumi kept the Yangon defence under pressure for most of the match and Mohun’s lead was doubled on 20 minutes after Jeje picked up his first of the night. While his initial header was blocked, he was able to score at the second attempt to put his side in the pound seats.

Yangon still had some fight left, however, and they got back in the match when they were awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute as Luciano Sobrosa obstructed Yan Kyaw in the area. Marcelo stepped forward and made no mistake with the spot-kick.

And it didn’t stop there. The visitors drew level just past the hour mark when Marcelo scored with a header from a cross by David Htan.

Just two minutes later, however, the home side were ahead again. The ball moved from Katsumi to Subash Singh to Jeje, who scored with a well-placed strike to give his side the 3-2 lead and the eventual win.