Chamorro brace gives Bagan win over rival Mohammedan in Durand Cup opener

New signing Salva Chamorro struck twice in the first half for Mohun Bagan before it held onto a nervy 2-0 win over Mohammedan SC in the Durand Cup opener.

Mohun Bagan's Salva Chamorro celebrates his second goal of the match against Mohammedan.   -  RAJEEV BHATT

Amidst bouts of heavy monsoon showers, Salvador Chamorro’s brilliant brace enabled Mohun Bagan to record a 2-0 win over Mohammedan Sporting in the inaugural match of the Durand Cup at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Friday.

Bagan’s organised approach put Sporting under pressure from the outset of the Group B encounter. It seized initiative by scoring in the second minute through Spanish forward Chamorro’s header off Joseba Beitia’s free-kick.

Mohun Bagan 2-0 Mohammedan: AS IT HAPPENED

Mariners’ fine co-ordination and passing in the season opener spoke a lot about its preparations.

Aided by a neat back-line and an active midfield, led by Beitia, Bagan consistently pressed hard as most of the action in the opening period happened in the Sporting half.

Bagan doubled its lead when Ashutosh Mehta’s precise cross from the right was slotted in by Chamorro with another header in the 22nd minute.

The Jose Vicuna-coached side had two more attempts in the half. Chamorro’s blind header with his back to the goal off S.K. Sahil’s pass went wide, while Sohrabuddin Mallick’s long ranger flew over the bar.

Sporting got its first real chance at the stroke of half-time. Ugandan Mudde Musa sent in a beautiful pass and Arthur Kouassi lunged to execute a header. Nevertheless, an alert Bagan Shilton Paul dived to his left to make a spectacular save.

Defence personnel carrying the flag amidst rain before the opening match between Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting Club of Durand Cup. PHOTO: Rajeev Bhatt

 

Sporting brought in forward Mohammed Amirul in the second half and gave a much improved performance, switching to attacking mode.

It created a few good chances but could not score due to poor finishing.

For Sporting, the best opportunity came in the 74th minute but Satyam Sharma’s shot was blocked by Paul.

Sporting missed another chance as Kouassi and Tirthankar Sarkar could not score due to some misunderstanding between them in the 82nd minute.

The result: Mohun Bagan 2 (Salvador Chamorro 2 and 22) bt Mohd. Sporting 0.

Mohun Bagan's starting XI: Shilton Paul; Gurjinder Kumar, Fran Morante, Dhanchandra Singh, Ashutosh Mehta; SK Sahil, Joseba Beitia, Surabuddin Mollick, Nongdamba Naorem; Romario Jesuraj, Salva Chamorro

Mohammedan's starting XI: Subham Roy; Hira Mondal, Kareem Omolaja, Sujit Sadhu, Kamran Farooque; Satyam Sharma, Musa Mudde, Tirthankar Sarkar, Sovan Sen, Amir Hossain; Arthur Kouassi.

 

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