Honours even between Abahani and Mohun Bagan


Playing only for pride, Abahani Limited Dhaka of Bangladesh and India’s Mohun Bagan played out to a 1-1 draw in their final AFC Cup match.

Both teams had already been eliminated from the competition but still produced an entertaining clash at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday to wrap up their Group E campaigns.

The draw left debutants Abahani bottom of the group, three points adrift of third-placed Mohun Bagan.

The match was delayed for more than an hour due to a heavy downpour, but it did not take long for the first goal to arrive when play finally got under way.

And it was Bangladesh Premier League champions Abahani who took the early lead, much to the delight of their home fans, when Sunday Chizoba’s powerful volley from 18 yards out found the back of the net.

The hosts should have been 2-0 up just minutes later after Chizoba was brought down by Bikramjeet Singh, but Jonathan Brown’s effort from the spot was wide.

Chizoba saw another effort cleared off the line in the second half, but for all their dominance, Abahani had to end up settling for a draw after Mamun Miah brought down Jeje Lalpekhlua inside the area with 10 minutes remaining.

Katsumi Yusa stepped up and slotted home to earn Mohun Bahan a share of the spoils.