Dicka's brace ensures QF spot for Mohun Bagan

Mohun Bagan came from behind to beat Churchill Brothers.

Players fight for ball possession during Sunday's encounter.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Match three of the 2018 Super Cup saw I-League giant Mohun Bagan move to the quarterfinals, defeating Churchill Brothers SC 2-1.

Mohun Bagan came from behind through a brace from its Cameroon forward Dipanda Dicka (45’ + 2’; 69’) to ensure seal a quarterfinal spot in the tournament. For Churchill Brothers SC, it was Willis Plaza who scored in the 30 minute.

The game began on a slow note with most of the first half being played around the midfield. There were a few attempts to score for either side but the teams failed to find the back of the net. It was only on the 30th minute when Churchill Brothers' Willis' Plaza scored from a calculated pass from Nicholas Fernandes, that the Goan outfit earned a crucial lead in the game.

A series of attacks from Mohun Bagan thereafter kept Churchill Brothers on its toes, but a reckless tackle from Nicholas on Mohun Bagan’s S. K. Faiaz helped the Bengal club earn a crucial penalty during the injury time. Dipanda Dicka (45’ + 2’) who took the spot-kick, converted the rebound from a poor collection from Ricardo Cardozo of Churchill Brothers.

The second half began with Mohun Bagan pressing Churchill Brothers from the first minute. A meaningful opportunity came its way when Faiaz attempted a shot at goal on 48 minutes but failed to give the Bengal team a lead.  There after Mohun Bagan made several attempts to score but were kept at bay from taking the lead in the game.

It was only in the 69 minute when a free kick from Cameron Watson and header from Akram followed by a brilliant finish from Dipanda Dicka gave the Bengal club a lead in the game. The rest of the game saw Churchill Brothers trying to score an equalizer while Mohun Bagan trying to capitalize on its lead. The game came to an end with Mohun Bagan ensuring a quarterfinal spot for it defeating Churchill Brothers 2-1. Dipanda Dicka of Mohun Bagan was adjudged the man of the Match.

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