Bagan seeks knockout round berth

Bagan had beaten the same opposition 3-2 in the first leg in Guwahati but it has come here without registering a win in three matches in the I-League.

A file photo of Mohun Bagan players during a practice session.   -  G. P. Sampath Kumar

With its domestic league title hopes hanging by a thread after a string of poor shows, Mohun Bagan would look for a knockout round berth when it takes on Yangon United in an AFC Cup match here on Wednesday.

Bagan had beaten the same opposition 3-2 in the first leg in Guwahati but it has come here without registering a win in three matches in the I-League which saw its title chances go up in smoke.

After the Guwahati match on March 16, the defending I-League champion had lost to East Bengal in the Kolkata derby played in Siliguri and then drew against Shillong Lajong and DSK Shivajians.

With disappointment at the domestic front, Bagan players could come out determined to continue their unbeaten run and seal a round of 16 berth in the AFC Cup itself.

Bagan is at the top of Group G with nine points after winning all the three matches it has played so far. Yangon and Maziya Sports & Recreation of Maldives are on four points each.

A win will consolidate Bagan’s position at the top of the group and seal a knockout berth in the continental tournament. It will, however, be without influential Haitian playmaker Sony Norde who aggravated his knee injury during the I-League match against DSK Shivajians

Yangon United has also struggled this season and is now at the fourth place in the Myanmar National League-1 and it also suffered a disappointing 2-3 defeat against Yadanarbon in a controversial match last week.

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