Mohun Bagan 1-1 Calcutta Customs: Mariners settle for draw in dramatic CFL encounter

Mohun Bagan drew the first blood through Gonzalez but a lazy approach in the second half cost the Mariners dearly as Calcutta Customs scored the equaliser through Stanley. Here is how the drama unfurled at the Mohun Bagan Ground.

Spaniard Fran Gonzalez and teammate Dhanachandra Singh in action for Mohun Bagan against Peerless SC.   -  Rajeev Bhatt/The Hindu

Good afternoon, folks. Welcome to the LIVE updates of the 2019 Calcutta Football League fixture between Mohun Bagan and Calcutta Customs. This is Manasi Pathak and I will keep you company through the game. Watch this space!

 

- That was all from my side. This is Manasi Pathak signing off. Thanks for joining me and see you around soon! Oh and before I go, East Bengal will look to continue its unbeaten run at the Durand Cup 2019 when it takes on Bengaluru FC in a few minutes from now. Follow that game LIVE here - Durand Cup 2019 LIVE: East Bengal vs Bengaluru FC

- The draw means Mohun Bagan has earned its first point of the tournament, although Vicuna and Co. would have loved to walk off with three points in their pockets. On the other hand, Calcutta Customs now has two points from three CFL encounters.

FULL TIME: MOHUN BAGAN 1-1 CALCUTTA CUSTOMS - Time is up and Mohun Bagan has to settle for a draw! Gonzalez's 21st minute strike is cancelled out by Stanley's 89th minute strike, after both teams were reduced to ten men. Mohun Bagan paid for its lack of urgency in the second half as it allowed Customs to attack easily. In the end, Customs succeeded in its plan of going for the kill as it found the all-important equaliser through Stanley. In the end, the two teams walk out with a point each!

90+8' - We are well beyond the additional time introduced, but remember, it is 'a minimum of five minutes'. The action hasn't ended yet.

90+6' - Beitia sets up Imran and the latter takes a shot from outside the box, which goes parallel to the target.

90+4' - A ruckus breaks out between the two teams as Sumit goes down in pain. Mohun Bagan players urge Sumit to get up and get going. The two teams get into a fight and the referee has to intervene. Quite the drama at the Mohun Bagan Ground today!

90+3' - Corner for Mohun Bagan and Beitia sends the ball into the box. It is, however, headed away.

90'- Indeed it is now a tough challenge for Mohun Bagan to find the winner. The Mariners have five minutes (for it has been added on) to change the scoreline in its favour.

89' - GOAL! MOHUN BAGAN 1-1 CALCUTTA CUSTOMS! Stanley finds the equalizer for Customs from a corner-kick taken by Amit, after Philip failed to head it in. Unfortunate for Mohun Bagan to concede in the final phase of the match!

87'- OVER! Customs' Sumit attacks from the left, giving Ashutosh a tough time. He cuts in from the left wing and takes a shot, which however flies over the bar.

82' - SECOND YELLOW FOR DEBAYAN, AND OFF HE GOES! CALCUTTA CUSTOMS DOWN TO TEN MEN AS WELL! Beitia is brought down in a nasty challenge and Debayan has to leave the field on account of receiving of double bookings. Both teams are now playing with ten men. This is crazy!

81' - Suhair has been replaced by Surabuddin for Mohun Bagan.

79' - Imran does well to keep the ball and travels forward towards the target, but he does not get past Suvam, who clears the danger for Customs.

75' - OVER! After an attack from the right wing, the clearance from Customs defence allows Romario to pounce on the loose ball. The former Chennai City player swings his foot but the ball flies over the bar!

70' - About 20 minutes of regulation time pending now. Can the Mariners survive? It is still 1-0 in their favour.

65'-  Mohun Bagan coach Vicuna has brought in Morante to replace Chamorro.

64'- Following the booking, Customs has a free-kick from outside the box, where the foul took place, and the effort is thwarted away by Sankar! Mohun Bagan survives!

63' - RED CARD FOR LALCHHAWNKIMA! Kimkima has been given his marching orders from a foul on Philip. Mohun Bagan is down to ten men. It is getting too bad for the Mariners now.

61' - Shilton, who was carrying a niggle, has been replaced by Imran. Right now, Customs is looking the better side with its consistent attack.

60' - OVER! Customs Stanley exploits the space between the Mohun Bagan central defence and takes a shot. However, his effort flies over the bar!

58' - A clever build-up from Sumit and Philip sees Sumit send the ball forward for Philip after Sumit gets the better of goalscorer Gonzalez. However, Philip does not move further close to the goal as Ashutosh puts in a timely tackle.

55' - CLOSE! Customs' Sumit comes close to sending his attempt past the custodian at goal after Mohun Bagan defence's clearance lands in the path of Sumit. Just a few metres away from the goal, Sumit aims for the far post but sees the ball roll past the target. Agonisingly close for Sumit!

53' - The crowd at the Mohun Bagan Ground is now singing 'Maa Tujhe Salaam', ahead of the 73rd Independence Day tomorrow.

51' - CHANCE WASTED! Stanley, on the counter, attacks for Customs as he rushes down the left wing. However, in his final effort, his cross lands perfectly in the way of the Mohun Bagan defence and the build-up goes in vain!

48' - Shilton has injured his leg and is receiving treatment at the moment.

46' - The whistle for the second half finally goes off. Here we go!

- The second half's commencement has been delayed as the side-netting is being taped on to the goal post.

HALF TIME: MOHUN BAGAN 1-0 CALCUTTA CUSTOMS - Francisco Gonzalez's 21st-minute long-range, thumping strike keeps the Mariners in the lead at the break.

45+1' - Chamorro is brought down by the Customs midfielder as Mohun Bagan is awarded a free-kick. Beitia takes it but it is headed away. On the rebound, Gurjinder takes a shot, which is miscued, and thus misses the target. That is all from the first-half.

45' - We shall have two added minutes in this half. Can Mohun Bagan double its lead?

43' - Chamorro's cross is sent out by the Customs centre-back as Mohun Bagan has a corner. Beitia takes it but nothing worthwhile comes off it.

39' - SAVE! A vital save from Sankar keeps Mohun Bagan in the game after Adjoh took a shot from a free-kick, forcing Sankar to stretch his body and punch away the attempt.

36'-  Philip Adjoh is coming on to replace John Ampong for Calcutta Customs as it trails by one goal.

35' - Mohun Bagan's attack is heavily dependent on its right, as most of its action is triggered by its right-sided players.

29' - BLOCKED! Beitia does a one-two with Naorem inside the box and the final ball from Naorem sees Beitia aim for the goal from close distance but before he can unleash the effort, he is tackled. The Mohun Bagan player is down in pain.

26' - Since the goal, Suhair has tried extending Mohun Bagan's lead by attacking from the right, but Customs goalkeeper Suvam has been alert to avoid any danger.

21' - GOAL! MOHUN BAGAN 1-0 CALCUTTA COSTOMS. Fran Gonzalez finds the net with his thumping strike inside the box. WHAT A GOAL! The Mariners go up by 1-0.

20' - Customs defender Amit is booked for his challenge on winger Naorem and Mohun Bagan is given a free-kick.

17' - Freekick for Mohun Bagan and Beitia steps up for it. The set-piece is taken from a distance and Beitia's free-kick doesn't get the better of Customs defence as the effort is headed away. It is still 0-0 at the Mohun Bagan Ground.

13' - Suhair tries to run down the right wing as he chases the ball but he brings down his marker and the linesman raises the flag.

11' - Customs striker Stanley has a shot on goal but custodian Sankar is alert and saves it.

7' - Yet again Ashutosh whips in a cross from the right flank for Chamorro in the centre of the box but the Customs defender Sourav rises high and heads it away.

5' - Mohun Bagan tries attack from the right wing as Ashutosh cuts in and tries to pass it to Chamorro inside the box, but the delivery is cleared before the Bagan striker can get to it.

3' - Customs has its first corner of the match but Gurjinder heads away the effort.

1' - Kick-off! Here we go, folks.

- The teams are out on the field as we get ready for kick-off.

- Morante is benched for Mohun Bagan today owing to a groin injury.

TEAM NEWS

Mohun Bagan XI: Sankar Roy, Ashutosh Mehta, Fran Gonzalez, Lalchhawnkima, Gurjinder Kumar, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Shilton D'Silva, Joseba Beitia, Nongdamba Naorem, Suhair VP, Salva Chammaro.

Calcutta Customs XI: Suvam, Amit, Sourav, Emmanuel, Snehashish, Ram Malik, John Ampong, Debayan, Rakesh Dhara, Sumit, Stanley.

Match official: Pratick Mondal

 

- The kick-off for today's match is at 3PM IST. The match can be watched on Sadhna News and its youtube channel. Line-ups will be out shortly.

- In other news, in case you missed it, Mohun Bagan will face East Bengal in the season's first Kolkata derby, on September 1 in the CFL. Read more here.

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- Mohun Bagan, however, could benefit from its newest signing wing-back Lalramchullova. The player, who donned the East Bengal shirt last season, was registered on Tuesday and is eligible for team selection.

- Mohun Bagan sits at the bottom of the Calcutta Football League table, with no points in its kitty. On the other hand, Calcutta Customs side has one points and ranks ninth in the table standings. However, Calcutta Customs has played two matches as compared to Bagan's one, and the side lost Kalighat Milan Sangha in its CFL campaign opener.

- Mohun Bagan comes into this match on the back of a 3-0 loss against Peerless SC. As for its opponent, Calcutta Customs, will face the Mariners after a 1-1 draw against Bhawanipore.