I-League: Katsumi strike sends Bagan three points clear

Katsumi's 73rd minute strike from a Sony Norde centre proved to be the difference in a match where Goan side gave the Mariners a tough time but it was their young goalkeeper Debjit Majumder who thwarted each of their attempts with an impressive performance under the bar.

Mohun Bagan is the only team to maintain an unbeaten record with 18 points from eight games with five wins and three drawn games.   -  I-League

Defending champion Mohun Bagan pipped Sporting Clube de Goa 1-0 courtesy Katsumi Yusa's late strike, tightening its grip on the pole position of the I-League football tournament, here today.

At the halfway stage after eight rounds, Mohun Bagan is the only team to maintain an unbeaten record with 18 points from eight games with five wins and three drawn games. It is three points clear of second placed Benglauru FC, who is on 15 points with equal number of wins.

Katsumi's 73rd minute strike from a Sony Norde centre proved to be the difference in a match where Goan side gave the Mariners a tough time but it was their young goalkeeper Debjit Majumder who thwarted each of their attempts with an impressive performance under the bar.

The goal-bound move was initiated by Bagan skipper Katsumi, who sent a cross-field ball for Norde on the wide side. The Haitian winger kept a measured cross for Jeje Lapheklhua, who failed to connect it but Katsumi charged in to find the back of the net with a snap right-footer.

The goals were hard to come by even as both the teams pressed hard and it was Debjit who should be credited for keeping a clean sheet for the defending champion.

In a 13th minute move, Odafa beat Mohun Bagan defenders Raju Gaekwad and Kingshuk Debnath before unleashing his powerful right-footer but Majumder stayed rock solid.

Stepping up its attack further, Sporting had another brilliant move with Nico Fernandes chipping one to Ganesh Thakur as the youngster's shot on target was thwarted by Majumder.

Odafa's best chance to score was minutes after conceding goal when Majumder charged out of his his line but the Nigerian's shot hit the body of Majumdar.



Aizawl defeats Mumbai for only second win



In the earlier kick-off today, Aizawl FC rode on twin second half-strikes from Joel Sunday and H Lalmuankima in the space of two minutes to log home full points against Mumbai FC in an 8th round encounter of the I-League football championship.

This was Aizawl’s second win in the championship.

The home team made as many as five changes in their starting line-up. Mumbai FC also made four alterations in their starting XI.

In the 66th minute, Sunday tapped in a cross from Lalmuannkima and broke the deadlock. Even before Mumbai FC could settle in after the first goal, Aizawl FC found the net again as Lalmuannkima scored from a cross delivered by Albert.

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