Durand Cup 2021 Semifinal HIGHLIGHTS: Mohammedan Sporting 4-2 FC Bengaluru United, Mohammedan SC reaches the final with a tense win

Nikola scored the final goal of the match from the spot as a 10-man FC Bengaluru United finish second best to Mohammedan SC, which progresses to the finals

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the first semifinal match of the Durand Cup being played at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

This is Neeladri Bhattacharjee bringing you the minute-by-minute update.

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Mohammedan Sporting Club beat a 10-man FC Bengaluru United comfortably in extra time in the first semi-final of the Durand cup 2021.

All four goals were scored by different players in the match for the local club whereas Kingshuk and Manzi scored the two goals for FC Bengaluru United.

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FULL TIME!

Mohammedan Sporting 4-2 FC Bengaluru United

 

120' Nikola goes to the ground with a possible injury with three Bengaluru United players around him, but gets up unhurt

116' Chance! Pinto heads the ball but Maiwa gobbles the ball comfortably as the fans cheer everything their local club is doing right now

115' Shaheeh clears for the men in black-and-white as FC Bengaluru United looks second best against a resilient Mohammedan Sporting Club

113' Yellow card! Booking for Manoj as Mohammedan SC tries everything to maintain its lead.

111' Firoz to Azhar Malik but Bengaluru stops the attack. However, the damage is already done. Mohammedan SC well above its opponent now

110' GOOOAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!Nikola scores form the spot to make it 4-2

Mohammedan Sporting 4-2 Bengaluru United

 

Penalty to Mohammedan! Nikola's shot handled by Bengaluru as the referee points to the spot.

107' Mohammedan Sporting enjoying possession with Marcus making a run in the opposition half to pass it to Azhar

Second half of ET begins

ET Half Time

Mohammedan SC showing its numerical strength with a lead in this tight contest. 

105' Pinto makes a run and gets a corner for Bengaluru United . Sanju's corner cleared comfortably

103' GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! Brandon finally puts Mohammedan in the front.

Mohammedan Sporting 3-2 FC Bengaluru United

 

100' Jaskaran Singh replaces Faisal for Mohammedan Sporting. Chullova to Marcus as the crowd urges Mohammedan SC to march forward.

98' A run from Subhash for the ball which is well controlled by Mohammedan SC

97' Substitution for Bengaluru with Subhash coming in for Luka.

96' Bengaluru has all its men at the back. It looks like it is looking for a shootout, with the side reduced to 10 men

93' OFF SIDE! Brandon's goal ruled offside as Mohammedan Sporting remains on two goals only

92'  A 10-man Bengaluru United in tatters as Azhar crosses for Joseph, but Bengaluru manages to kick the ball out of danger

Extra Time First Half Begins

Mohammedan Sporting starts from right to left with FC Bengaluru United on the other end of the field.

Regulation time over ! Both teams on level terms as the match goes into extra time.

Mohammedan Sporting 2-2 FC Bengaluru United

 

90+5' Almost full time. The match looks to go into full time with James down with a cramp.

Substitution: Pinto and Firoj subbed in for Mohammedan Sporting and Bengaluru United SC for Milan Singh and Thokchom respectively.

90+1' Red card for Manzi as Bengaluru FC is reduced to 10 men

90' The ball being played as pinball with both sides looking for the extra egde n the box. If it stays like this, extra time will be played to decide the match's fate

87' Bengaluru back in the game with Denil and Kingshuk dominating the play for its side

83' Substitution! Bedashwor is subbed in for Gopi for Bengaluru United as the latter is carried off field on a stretcher.

Faiaz goes off for Brandon as Mohammedan Sporting looks to shift gears

81' SHOT! Faisal takes a shit on the other end which just misses the ball. Scores level for now

78' GOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!Kingshuk scores the equaliser for Bengaluru United from a set piece meele with Sanju Pradhan's corner kick.

Mohammedan Sporting 2-2 FC Bengaluru United

76' The stadium now has flashlights out from fans. The semi-final well and truly set for a tight battle as the local team eyes a set in the finals

74' Manzi, the goalscorer for Bengaluru booked. He gets the first yellow card of  the match

72' CHANCE! Manzi to James who makes a run and takes a shot that just goes past the net. Bengaluru United finally trying to get back into the game

70' SAVE! A great ball from Nikola to Faisal who takes a left footed shot which was saved by Bengaluru United keeper. The ball was definitely going in

68' Bengaluru United was given a walkover after Army Red had one if its players test COVID-19 positive. Now is its time to prove that it is worthy of a place in the final.

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66' Wonderful cross from Manoj Mohammad as Faiaz tries to get around the ball, but fails to do so.

64' BLOCK! Marcus gets the ball and takes a shot, with a crucial block from Kingshuk to deny the No.10 any chance of scoring

62' Mohammedan Sporting has not won a game after conceding first. But games are not won on paper, are they?

The local team will look to defy statistics as Bengaluru United eyes an equaliser

60' Two successive corners for the men in white, but no real trouble inflicted after an off side is given against them

59' Marcus sets up Faisal after a ball from Nikola, but Bengaluru United meets the attack with equal quality to block the shot

57' Bengaluru United defeated Mohammedan Sporting in the group stage with a margin of two goals. Mohammedan must be eyeing divine revenge with the goal difference already one now.

54' Attack after attack after attack. Faisal misses, Joseph grabs the ball, but United makes an essential block

52' Azhar to Marcus to the captain, Mohammedan passing the ball fluidly after Milan stole the ball from Luka

50'  Luka goes to the ground as a long range effort punches out by the Mohammedan SC keeper

49' Milan Singh's right footed curler misses the target clearly as Bengaluru United takes a sigh of relief

46' Bengaluru United tries to create an attack close to the box but Chullova controlling the midfield well enough to ward off any danger for Mohammedan SC

Second Half Begins!

Players back on field as the second half is set to begin.

In the second semi-final of the Durand Cup, two Indian Super League giants FC Goa and Bengaluru FC lock horns.

The winner of that match will play winnners of this game which stands with Mohammedan Sporting FC in front till the first half. Second half of this match to begin soon.

HALF TIME!

Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 FC Bengaluru United

 

45+2' Luka going hand on Chullova in the dying moments of the first half. No injury involved though.

42' Chullova flies in a right-foot-curler which Azhar receives, but is ruled off-side

41' MISS! Marcus Joseph takes a shot this time that deflects away from goal. The local team now dominating the game

38' GOOOAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! Faisal increases the lead for Mohammedan Sporting with an assist from Joseph.

Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 FC Bengaluru United

 

35' Free Kick for Mohammedan SC close to the box. Bengaluru protests but the referee pays no heed. Nikola goes for goal but the ball goes well past over the net

33' Fantastic run from Azhar Malik with United just ball watching, but lack of cover ends the attack

32' MISS! Manzi's right foot touch just not enough as the ball goes off target for a goal kick

31' Luka makes a run and tries to chip the ball, but a touch from Shaheen deflects the ball out for a corner

29'  Cooling break in the match as both teams regather to plan their attack in the next hour of regulation time in the semifinal

27' Almost half an hour into the game, FC Bengaluru United has not been able to create many chances after its early goal with Mohammedan Sporting continues to linger around its opponent's box

24' Manzi goes down asking for a foul, but the referee is not interested

23' Nikola makes a run along the right, crosses in the ball which finally reaches Joseph to Milan, Milan takes a long range shot which goes well off target

21'  Joseph tries to cross in the ball, but couldn't wrap his feet around the ball as the ball flies off target

20'  Bengaluru try ann attack along the left flank which is managed well by Mohammedan Sporting. Both eteams soaking in the pressure on the midfield now

15' It has started drizzling at the Salt Lake Stadium. It will be interesting to see how the teams cope with the extra moisture in the park

12' Mohammedan now on the attack as Manoj and Faisal begin asking serious questions to United. Bengaluru do well enough to absorb the attack and start building something on the other end

8' GOAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!Mohammedan Sporting back in the game with a brilliant equaliser. Danger man Marcus Joseph strikes!

Mohammedan Sporting 1-1 Bengaluru United

 

7' Mohammedan crosses form the left as United remove any space for a header and the attack fizzles down

5' Shaheen clears as United try to exploit the right flank. Mohammedan on the defensive now

4' Miss! Mohammedan SC on the attack as Milan Singh takes a shot from outside the box which fliess over the goal

3' Bengaluru United still on the attack as the ball continues to be played in Mohammedan SC's half

1' GOOAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! Pedro Manzi scores for Bengaluru United

 

The game had hardly begun as Pedro Manzi scores withing 20 seconds to put Bengaluru forward.

KICK OFF! Match begins

Mohammedan Sporting starts from left to right with FC Bengaluru United on the other end of the field.

6:09 pm: Both teams walk out to the pitch as the stage is set for a tight delayed  kick-off

5:55 pm: Five minutes to kick off!

The stadium is all set to host the semi-finalists. The local team Mohammedan SC will obviously have a better support in the stadium with fans inside as well as outside the stadium. 

5:45 pm: 15 Minutes to Kick off!

Fans are almost in. Players are warming up. It looks set to be a fiery battle for the Durand Cup Final 2021.

5:30 pm: Half an hour to go for kick off, with fans pouring into the stadium after lockdown. This is the first Durand cup fixture with fans this year.

Fans of Mohammedan Sporting Club enter the stadium as their side takes of FC Bengaluru United in the semifinals of the Durand Cup 2021.   -  ANEESH DEY

 

5:15 pm: Starting Line-ups

FC Bengaluru United XI: Kunzang Bhutia, Thokchom James, Kinshuk Debnath, Khongsit, Anup Raj, Ronaldo Augusto, Arun Kumar, Yumnam Singh, Pedro, Dharmaraj (C), Luka Majcen

 

Mohammedan Sporting XI: Marcus, Azharuddin, SK. Faiaz, Chullova, Arijeet, Milan, Faisal, Nikola (C), Manoj Mohammad, Shaher, Zothanmawia

Match Preview

The only local side in the 130th edition of Durand Cup football, Mohammedan Sporting, will be counting on the home support when it takes on FC Bengaluru United in the first semifinal match at the Salt Lake Stadium on Monday.

This will be the second match in the tournament that will open gate sales to 50 percent capacity, in accordance with the existing COVID-19 protocols.

Apart from avenging the 0-2 loss it suffered against the same opposition in the group league stage, Mohammedan Sporting will also be looking to realise its fourth appearance in the final of Asia's oldest football tournament.

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In this regard the I-League side will be bolstered by the confidence of beating the defending champion Gokulam Kerala FC in the quarterfinals.  

FC Bengaluru United has had a fairly good showing in the tournament and has progressed to the semifinals with an unbeaten record.

The Bengaluru-based Second Division league club earned a bye in quarterfinals after its opponent Army Red pulled out owing to COVID-19 infections in the squad.

The disciplined brand of football it displayed in the league stage will be enough to make it a capable challenger to the home favourite.

"We are very glad that we will play in the presence of fans, they are very important to us. We want to please them with a beautiful game and a good result,” said the Mohammedan Sporting coach Andrey Chernyshov ahead of the match.

Richard Hood, the head coach of FCBU, also sounded confident. "Nothing changes in our approach.

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Our desire to win will have to be stronger than that of our opponent and we will count on our collective belief and intent to script the result," Hood said.

According to the organiser, the match will be live streamed on the addatimes app.

It will also be broadcast live on the Sony sports network on their Sony Ten 2 SD and Sony Ten 2 HD channels. The kick-off is scheduled at 6 pm.

Where can you watch?

Durand Cup matches will be telecast on Sony Ten network on Ten 2 and Ten 2 HD and can be streamed live on the OTT Platform addatimes  from 6 pm.