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Match report: Durand Cup 2022: Mohammedan SC beats defending champion FC Goa in opening match
Mohammedan SC 3-1 FC Goa: Goals by Marcus Joseph, Faslu Rahman and Pritam Singh guide the Black Panthers to a 3-1 win in their opening match of Durand Cup 2022
GOOOAAAAL! Mohammedan with its third and Marcus Joseph open his account! Faslu turns creator this time. One-on-one with the keeper, he passes to Joseph who strokes it inside the net.
Six minutes added.
Goa looks out of steam now and Mohammedan’s superiority on paper is quite visible on the pitch as well.
GOOOAALLL! Mohammedan SC scores and goes ahead!! Abhash sends a wonderful cross from the left flank and Faslu heads the ball inside the net. Two subs combining to put their team ahead late in the match.
Mohammedan Subs: IN- Abhash and Rahman
FC Goa Sub: IN- Velroy OUT- Delton
It is Mohammedan with a majority of the possession right now but no significant threat since that Joseph chance in the 73rd minute. The Black Panthers are still favourites to snatch all three points.
Save- Marcus Joseph with a venomous shot at goal from inside the box but Hrittik Tiwary with another great save to keep scorers level.
Mohammedan SC change: IN- Christy OUT- Halder
FC Goa change: IN-Vasim OUT-Muhammad Nemil
It was a race between Yumnam and Hrittik to reach the loose ball and to Goa’s respite the latter won. FC Goa in a bit of rouble there but nothing comes of it.
Mohammedan SC change: IN- Pritam Singh OUT- Yumnam Gopi
Chance- Ambekar with a pinpoint delivery from the left flank. Faiaz darts in and gets a solid header at goal but Hrittik stands strong to make a brilliant save.
Marcus is played a good through ball and the forward had made a dangerous run behind the defence. But Hrittik comes to his team’s rescue by coming off his line and clutching the ball between his gloves.
GOOOAALLL! Mohammedan SC equalizes! It is Pritam Singh. Faiaz sends a wonderful cross from the left flank. Goa keeper Hrittik tries to first the ball away but fails to do so. The ball falls in frontof Pritam who lashes it home.
We are back for the final 45 minutes
Mohammedan SC 0-1 FC Goa
Nemil tries to make a run inside the Mohammedan box is stopped in his tracks.
Three minutes added!
Booking- Goa’s Shannon is shown a yellow card.
A good ball delivered inside the box by Halder but Hrittik comes out and catches the ball to thwart any danger.
The match has finally picked up pace. Both teams are resorting to an attacking style of football.
GOAAAALLLL! MUHAMMAD NEMIL SCORES A BANGER! Nemil’s wonderful tryst with the Durand Cup continues. He gets the ball outside the box. He looks up, sees Mohammedan keeper Shankar’s positioning and slots it in the top-left corner. Shankar was a mere spectator.
Chance- This time it is danger-man Marcus Joseph with the chance. He makes a run inside the Goa box. He cuts inside and gets the better of his marker. All he had to do is hit the target but could not do so.
Chance- Zuidika sends in a low cross from the left. The Goa keeper gets a hand to it and the rebound falls to Pritam. Pritam has a chance to hit the target but skies his shot.
Shot- Faiaz attempts a shot from distance after making a penetrating run inside the Goa half. However, his shot is blocked.
Mohammedan dominating play in all sectors but it has not been able to penetrate Goa’s defence as of now. The young Goa players have kept their shape well.
Faiaz squares the ball to the centre of the box from the left flank. His intended target was Joseph who had a good run but the ball did not reach him as Goa clears.
Goa’s first attacking move on the counter. Nothing comes of it ultimately as Hrittik gathers the ball.
Pritam played an accurate cross-field ball. He tries to get a cross in from the right flank but Deeshank does well to block the ball.
Davronov with a minor push on Nemil which brings him down. It is a foul for Goa.
Shot- Nemil finds himself in space and time and goes for a shot from distance. The effort is not on target but a statement of intent from the Gaurs.
Ambekar, on the left flank,has been Mohammedan’s most active player till now. He as constantly made runs and tried to put balls inside the box.
It has been all Mohammedan in the opening minutes of the first half. We can expect the Black Panthers to dominate most of the game considering the young team playing for Goa.
A fast start by the home side, pegging the young Goa side in its own half. The Goa defence will have their task cut out in marking Marcus Joseph- last year’s joint top-scorer.
And we are underway!!!
6:35 pm- Team form (Last five matches)
- ⦿ Lost 2-1 against Gokulam Kerala FC
- ⦿ Won 2-0 against Rajasthan United
- ⦿ Won 2-0 against Chruchill Brothers
- ⦿ Won 2-0 against Neroca FC
- ⦿ Drew 2-2 against Minerva Punjab
- ⦿ Drew 4-4 against Kerala Blasters FC
- ⦿ Lost 2-0 against Mumbai City FC
- ⦿ Lost 3-2 against Hyderabad FC
- ⦿ Lost 2-0 to ATK Mohun Bagan
- ⦿ Won 5-0 against Chennaiyin FC
6:00 pm- Starting lineups!
Mohammedan SC XI: Sankar(GK), Ousmane, Pritam, Davronov, Joseph, Halder, Ruatkima, Rahul, Abhishek, Zuidika, Faiaz.
FC Goa XI: Hrittik (GK), Deeshank, Menezes, Jovial, Phrangki, Delton, Salman, Shanon, Lesly, Nemil, Lalremruata
Durand Cup: All set for an exciting start to the football season
Come Tuesday, the Indian football calendar will officially begin with the historic Durand Cup. All the top teams of the country will be in combat mode ahead of a gruelling league season.
The 131st edition of Asia’s oldest and world’s third-oldest football tournament has gained in importance this time as it is now a recognised tournament in the Asian Football Confederation’s list of competitions. This has meant that all 11 Indian Super League teams and the top five I-League teams (except Gokulam Kerala FC) are taking part.
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With most of the sides busy with transfer business in the last couple of months, fans will be eager to see how their teams have shaped up for the battles ahead.
Joining the top clubs will be the four Services outfits which takes the total count to 20 teams this time. The teams will be divided in four groups of five teams each in the initial group league stage, which will be held in three cities – Kolkata (hosting two groups), Guwahati and Imphal.
The first match of the tournament will see the reigning champion FC Goa take on local giant Mohammedan Sporting SC in a repeat of the last year’s final, at Salt Stadium. The tournament will be inaugurated by Chief Minister of Bengal Mamata Banerjee, and the organisers – the combination of the three services led by Indian Army and Government of West Bengal – are hoping that President Droupadi Murmu will give her consent to the request of being present for the final (scheduled on September 18).
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FC Goa, Mohammedan Sporting, Bengaluru FC, Jamshedpur FC and Indian Air Force make up Group A, the group of real heavyweights, and will be based in Kolkata. With only the top two teams moving to the knockout stage (quarterfinals) from the group league, the competition is expected to be quite intense in this group.
The Group B is also based in Kolkata. This group will be the popular choice because of the presence of traditional rivals Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, who have been clubbed together to heighten the excitement.
The other three teams are the former ISL champion Mumbai City FC, I-League side Rajasthan United FC, and Indian Navy. The Salt Lake Stadium and the newly renovated Kishore Bharati Stadium will be the two venues in Kolkata.
Group C will be based in Imphal (Khuman Lampak Stadium) and will have the defending and former ISL champions – Hyderabad FC and Chennaiyin FC – attracting attention. The two local sides NEROCA FC and TRAU FC are expected to give a good fight alongside Army Red, which is the fifth team.
Guwahati will be hosting Group D (Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium) where the challenge will be led by the three-time ISL runner-up Kerala Blasters. The Kerala side will be facing the challenge from the likes of Odisha FC and the local favourite NorthEast United FC, which has spruced up the roster at the start of the season. I-League side Sudeva Delhi FC and Army Green are the other two sides in the group.
Where to watch Durand Cup 2022?
The 2022 edition of the Durand Cup will be live telecast on Sports18 and can be watched/streamed online through the OTT apps Voot and JioTV.