Kolkata Derby: Five most notable encounters between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal

East Bengal and Mohun Bagan are all set to face off in the Calcutta Football League Group A match on Sunday. We take a look at some memorable encounters between the two sides.

Published : Aug 31, 2019 11:43 IST , Kolkata

This article was first published in February 2017.

1. September 30, 1975IFA Shield final – East Bengal 5 bt Mohun Bagan 0: This is the biggest margin of win and gives an East Bengal fan the bragging rights over the Bagan fans. This victory is considered the pinnacle of East Bengal’s reign in the 70s – from 1970 to 1975 – where it claimed six consecutive Calcutta Football League titles before creating the record margin of win in the Shield final.

2. October 25, 2009I-League – Mohun Bagan 5 bt East Bengal 3: Mohun Bagan matched East Bengal’s five goals to partially erase the ignominy of suffering the rout in 1975. While Mohun Bagan succeeded in scoring five against East Bengal, it could not keep a clean sheet as East Bengal pulled three goals back.

3. July 13, 1997Calcutta Football League – East Bengal 4 bt Mohun Bagan 1: The match marked the vanquishing of the wildly hyped ‘Diamond System’ advocated by Mohun Bagan coach Amal Dutta. Baichung Bhutia became the icon of East Bengal fans after he scored the first hat-trick of the Derby. It helped coach P.K. Banerjee prove that his celebrated ‘Vocal Tonic” was more effective than Dutta’s imported incorporation of the ‘MU formation’ which was popular in Europe in the 50s.

4. March 22, 2000National Football League - East Bengal 3 bt Mohun Bagan 1: Mohun Bagan won the National Football League (the precursor of I-League) this season but East Bengal came from nowhere to spoil Bagan’s party with the upset win. Falguni Dutta scored twice while Ghanian Jackson Agyapong added one to overwhelm Bagan, which was the outright favourite. Brazilian star Jose Bareto provided the lone reply for Mogun Bagan, which saw its fans burning flags and the club’s emblem in disgust.

5. August 17, 2007Calcutta Football League – Mohun Bagan 4 bt East Bengal 3: It was one of the most keenly contested matches. With Subrata Bhattacharya, the Mohun Bagan defender who never switched allegiance as a player, making his East Bengal debut as a coach, this match was discussed for a long time after it was over. Mohun Bagan looked an outright winner with a 4-1 (S. Venkatesh 2, Lalawmpuia 1 and Jose Barreto 1 for Bagan and Alvito D’Cunha 1 for EB) lead in second half. But East Bengal pulled off two quick goals in the second half (through Alvito and Edmilson) making it 4-3 and almost got the equaliser but for its striker Dipendu Biswas who missed a sitter towards the end of the action.

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