I-League: Mohun Bagan seals second title, beats Aizawl 1-0 - As it happened

Papa Diawara's strike in the 80th minute helped Mohun Bagan beat Aizawl FC 1-0 at the Kalyani Stadium and seal its second I-League title.

Papa Diawara (left most) and Mohun Bagan celebrate after the winning goal.   -  Twitter (@ILeagueOfficial)

Highlights of the I-League match between Mohun Bagan and  Aizawl FC at the Kalyani Municipal Stadium.

 

That's all for today. Thank you so much for joining me. Until next time, it's goodbye. CIAO!

Jubilation and celebration at the Kalyani Stadium today for MB and its fans.

Mohun Bagan has equalled Dempo's record of winning the I-League with four rounds remaining.

Mohun Bagan, playing in its final I-League season, is going out in style!

REFEREE BLOWS THE FULL-TIME WHISTLE AND MOHUN BAGAN IS THE NEW I-LEAGUE CHAMPION!

90+4' Loose cross from Veron from the left and the ball rolls out for an MB goalkick. Fran Gonzalez is ecstatic and so is the crowd.

We are into stoppage time and the coronation is coming closer and closer for Mohun Bagan.

89' YELLOW CARD FOR Ashutosh Singh for his challenge on Matias Veron. Justic Morgan to take the free-kick and he sweeps the ball well over.

87' YELLOW CARD FOR NOAREM! A silly slide tackle on Lalnunfela right infront of the referee.

83' Substitution for Mohun Bagan! Shilton Dsilva-IN| Sk. Shal-OUT

85' SILLY! Zoherliana with a simple backpass to Mawia, who takes too long to get rid of the ball. That allows Subha Ghosh to get his foot to ball but lucklily for Aizawl, the ball rolled out for a goalkick.

Mohun Bagan is six minutes+ stoppage time away from securing its second I-League title.

80' GOOALLLLLL!!! THE MUCH-AWAITED GOAL HAS FINALLY ARRIVED! IT'S NONE OTHER THAN PAPA DIAWARA! SCINTILLATING STRIKE FROM PAPA TO GIVE MB THE LEAD! Beitia with the ninth assist of the season. Makes a briliant run through the defence and lays it off to Papa just outside the box, who rifles the ball into the bottom right corner of goal.

76' YELLOW FOR SUBHA GHOSH  for simulation.

75' TEMPERS FLARE AT KALYANI IN FRONT OF A 17,000+ CROWD. Beitia swings the ball in from the corner and Fran Gonzalez's is collected by Mawia. But Subha Ghosh tries to kick the ball in and kicks Mawia in the process. Ghosh also goes down and he is further hurt by a kick on the head from Lalrosanga.

73' YELLOW FOR LALNUNFELA! Silly tackle, really. Noarem is charging down the centre and Lalnunfela pushes the MB no. 16 from behind and that was going to be a booking anyday.

72' JUST OVER! The best move of the game from MB so far. Tursonov, from the centre, threads it to his righ to Ashutosh. The cross from the right flank immaculate but Papa heads the ball over the crossbar.

71' JUST WIDE A poor clearning header fro Kassaga results in the ball falling to Ashutosh just outside the box. The MB no. 6 goes for a first-time volley and hammers it just wide of the left post.

70' Free-kick for MB. Beitia and Fran Gonzalez near the ball. Beitia takes the spot kick but the cross is headed away by Kassaga.

69' SAVE! Fine ball from Noaram from the left. Mawua just manages to tower over Papa and make the save.

64' Substitution for MB: Subha Ghosh- IN| VP Suhair- OUT

63' FOUL! Ashutosh Singh, looking to zip down the right, is brought down by Lalrosanga. Beitia puts in a teasing ball inside the box but the ball is cleared away.

62' Substitution for Aizawl FC- Justice Morgan-IN| Mc Malsawmzuala-OUT

59' BLOCKED! VP Suhair has acres of space in the centre and he waits for Papa to charge in. Suhair taps the ball to Papa, whose poor shot is blocked by Joseph and Kassaga.

58' Substitution for Aizawl FC: Lalnunfela-IN| Kima-OUT

56' AIZAWL IS GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER! Two back-to-back chances gone begging. Matia Veron squares a great ball to Zuala, but the latter fails to reach the ball on time. Before that, Lalrosanga's low cross from the right was blocked near the penalty spot.

54' Joseph to the rescue to again. Dispossesses VP Suhair with a timely block at the edge of the box to end a great build-up play by Tursonov, Papa and Sahil.

50' Free-kick for Aizawl. Alfred lines up for the spot kick. He goes straight and hard at goal but the pile driver is pouched by Sankar Roy at a comfortable height.

49' Another long throw in and once again, Mawia brings out the big punch. But the rolls back to Dhanchandra on the right, whose first time ball is headed over by Papa. In the process, Lalrosanga takes a blow to his body and gets back up after receving some attention.

49' Usual suspct Beitia to take the spot-kick. He goes deep and the ball is punched away by Mawia for a MB throw-in.

48' Tursonov goes down in the right flank after being shoved by Kima and wins a free-kick.

The players ar back out the home team gets the final 45 underway.

The goal is coming, one can easily sense that.

You have to say, Mohun Bagan can consider itself lucky for not conceding. After dominating the first 15 mintues, with 69% possession, it let the opposition find its feet from thereon. Roccharzela, Zuala and Kima made threatening advances down the MB half and Zela fell short by a whisker from scoring. Joseph had Papa covered throughout the half. For MB, Sk. Sahil, Tursonov and VP Suhair were the most impressive. Tursonov had a clear chance at goal but he blazed the ball over.

Half-time stats: (MB- AFC)

Total Shot: 5-6

Possession: 50-50

Fouls: 11-6

Corner: 2-4

Referee Raktim Saha blows the half-time whistle and an entertaining opening half comes to an end.

One minute has been added to the second half.

45+1' JUST OVER FROM TURSONOV! Beitia with a long ball in and a scrappy clearance from the AFC backline allows Tursonov to take a shot from inside the box but he fails to keep it down.

45' Another foul on Papa, this time by Alfred.

43' Free-kick at a dangerous position for MB, right outside the box. Ashutosh Singh takes the thrown in the right wing and the ball falls to Tursonov, who is brought down with a shove by Kima. Beitia to take the free-kick. He drills a dangerous ball in but the header by Papa is just wide of the near, left post.

Joseph is not allowing Papa Diawara and room at the backk and that's one of the main reasons why the scoreline is still 0-0.

38' JOSEPH AND PAPA CONTINUE TO BATTLE HARD. This time, Joseph presses high and brings down Papa with a sliding tackle in the right channel.

38' Ashutosh Mehta fouls Kima with a kick to his shin and that's a free-kick for AFC. But nothing comes off it.

36' Telling off for Joseph! VP Suhair with tries to set Papa free on the right but Joseph has him covered. The referee throws a caution to the AFC defender as the block was seemed a little too aggressive.

33' AGONIZINGLY CLOSE!! How did that not go in? Zuala with a lovely lay off to Roccharzela on the right and the latter goes deep into the box before blazing it agonizingly wide of the far post from the right.

31' OUCH! Komron looks to free VP Suhair but the latter is brought down by an elbow push from Joseph Adjei on the face. The play resumes after a minute.

29' SAVE! VP Suhair with a long-range shot to the bottom right corner of goal only to see Mawia glove the ball comfortably.

28' Corner for AFC after a dangerous clearance by Cyrus, who went low right across the face of goal to head the ball over his own goal after an AFC cross.

26' CYRUS BLOCK! Rochharzela, from eight yards out, goes for goal but since he takes too long, it allows Cyrus to come in for the block and allow Sankar Roy to pouch it safely.

23' Corner for MB. Dhanachandra Singh with a long throw and Kassaga heads the ball out for a MB corner. Beitia with the inswinger but the ball loosely punched away by the AFC goalkeeper, Zonthanmawia.

20' WIDE!! From the edge of the box on the left of goal, Zuala goes for the far post but is unable to curl the ball enough as it flies wide for a MB goalkick.

20' CLINICAL! Dhanchandra with a perfectly-timed sliding tackle on Rochharzela on the right.

18' BLOCKED! Papa Diawara with a lovely backheel pass to Tursonav on the right of goal and the latter takes a shot on goal but the shot is blocked at the edge of the box by Kassaga.

18' Lalrosanga threads a chip through down the right to Rochharzela but the latter fails to recollect the ball before crossing the byline. Goalkick to MB.

17' Corner for Aizawl! Alfred with  a powerful long-range effort but the ball is deflected off a MB shirt for an AF corner.

16' Kima wins a corner for Aizawl but nothing comes off it.

69% possession in the first quarter fro Mohun Bagan after the first 15 minutes.

12' SAVE! Sankar Roy with the first save of the game! Rochharzela finds space and time in the centre from 30 yards out and decides to have a crack at goal. He goes for the bottom right corner of goal but Roy is up to the task as he makes a comfortable save.

11' Lovely through ball to the left wing to Dhanachandra, who takes the ball forward before putting a wayword cross in that flies over goal.

9' YELLOW CARD TO LALROSANGA! A completely unnecessary sliding tackle from the back on Komrom Tursonov.

8' Corner for MB after move from Suhair is cleared by the AFC defence.  Beitia with the corner from the right but nothing comes off it.

5' Corner for Aizawl- Rochharzela puts in  a dangerous cross from the right flank but Fran Gonzalez comes to the rescue of MB as he heads the ball out to concede the corner. Rochharzela swings it inwards from the right but the ball is clared by L. Singh.

Slow start to the game from MB so far.

1' Throw-in for AFC. Cyrus, from the back, tries to lob the ball through to Suhair, but puts too much weight on it.

 

Aizawl to get the action underway! Let's play!!

MB in white and Aizawl in red. Raktim Saha is the referee for the game!

The players are out on the field.

Mohun Bagan is just two points away from winning its second I-League title. A win today against Aizawl will help the host achieve just that.

 

Position in the table:

Mohun Bagan: 1st- 15 (M), 11 (W), 3 (D), 1 (L)- 36 points

Aizawl FC: 9th- 14 (M), 3 (W), 7 (D), 4 (L)- 16 points

Find the full table here: I-League 2019-20: Points table, goals scored, goals difference

 

Starting XI:

Mohun Bagan: Sankar Roy, Daneil Cyrus, Leihaorungbam Singh, Ashutosh Mehta, Joseba Beitia, Nongdamba Noarem, Sk. Sahil, Francisco Munoz, Suhair Vadakkepeedika, Papa Diawara, Komron Tursonov

Subs: Gurjinder Kumar, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Lalramchullova, Debjit Majumder, Shilton Dsilva, Kiyan Nassiri Giri, Subha Ghosh

Aizawl FC: Zonthanmawia, Joe Zoherliana, Juuko Kassaga, Joseph Adjei, C. Lalrosanga, Matias Veron, K. Lalhmangaihkima, Alfred Jaryan, Paul Ramfangzauva, Rochharzela, Mc Malsawmzuala

Subs: Jonathan Lalrawngbawla, Melory Laldinsanga, Justice Morgan, Lalramhmunmawia, Lalawmpuia, Ramhlunchhunga, William Lalnunfela

 

Form Guide (past five matches)

Mohun Bagan: Draw, Win, Win, Win, Win

Aizawl FC: Draw, Draw, Loss, Win, Win

 

 

MATCH PREVIEW

For Mohun Bagan, regaining the I-League title now remains a mere formality. With the 13-game unbeaten record, the team now needs just two points to secure the crown that it had last won in 2015. Currently on 36 points from 15 matches, Bagan can make its final I-League season memorable if it wins its home outing against Aizawl FC at the Kalyani Stadium on Tuesday. The win will also mean that Bagan becomes the second team in the history of the tournament, after Dempo FC (in 2009-2010), to wrap up the title with four rounds to spare.

Mohun Bagan’s task became easier on Monday after its traditional rival East Bengal got the better of Real Kashmir FC with an injury-time winner in Srinagar. With most of the sides having five rounds to play, the best any of Bagan’s challengers can now manage is 38 points. A win against Aizawl will thus be enough to make Mohun Bagan’s position at the top unassailable.

Bagan’s Spanish head coach, Kibu Vicuna, adopted a professional stance on the eve of the match. “Aizawl is playing well and is a difficult side to beat. We need to bring out our best if we want to get the result that we are looking for,” he said.

His team was cautious in its approach in the hard-earned (1-1) draw in the last match at home against holder Chennai City FC. Bagan’s earlier meeting with Aizawl, which happened to be the first round of the season at the latter’s home, ended in a goalless affair. What made Vicuna even more circumspect was the fact that the host will be missing its key defender Francisco Morante owing to suspension.

Despite lying in the ninth spot currently, Aizawl has done fairly well in the last five outings securing eight points, most of which came from ‘away’ engagements. “The pressure is on them (Bagan) now as they drew their last match with Chennai City. My players are ready to take them on and are looking forward for a positive result. In football, everything is possible,” said the seasoned Aizawl FC coach, Stanley Rozario.

Match details

Mohun Bagan vs Aizawl FC is scheduled for a 5 pm kick-off and will be broadcast LIVE on 1Sports and the 1Sports Facebook Page. Online streaming is also available on the Fancode app and website.