Mohun Bagan 2-4 Churchill Brothers: Willis Plaza ruins Mariners' party in Kalyani

Tune in for commentary and updates from the Mohun Bagan vs Churchill Brothers I-League clash being played at the Kalyani Stadium in West Bengal.

Churchill Brothers players celebrate Willis Plaza's second strike which put them 3-1 up at the half time break.   -  Twtter/@ILeagueOfficial

Hello and welcome to the live blog of Mohun Bagan vs Churchill Brothers in I-League this evening.

 

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Full time: Mohun Bagan 2-4 Churchill Brothers: Churchill Brothers registers a stunning win away from home, beating Mohun Bagan in a six-goal thriller. Abu Bakr (76') and Subha Ghosh (90')  scored in the second half for their respective sides. Churchill has now recorded two wins in as many games, whereas Bagan has a single point from two fixtures.

90+6' - Kithan saves! Beitia's thumping strike is kept out by the firm hands of Kithan.

90+5' - Kithan replaces Jafar in goal as Churchill makes its third and final change.

90+2' - Jafar goes down in goal and is receiving medical treatment on his legs.  The goalkeeper seems to be having trouble walking as he limps around. 

90' - Subha scores to make it Mohun Bagan 2-4 Churchill Brothers! Morante pulls back the ball for Chamorro near the goal but he misses the shot. Subha, however, makes up for it as he finds the net with a promising strike. The young substitute thumps his chest to celebrate the strike.

87' - Vangchhia is brought on for Lalkhawpuimawia for Churchill Brothers. The visiting side still has one substitution left.

85' - Jafar blocks Colinas' effort at the near post through his legs after Colinas combined well with Beitia.

81' - Subha tries a curling effort from a tight angle but the effort ricochets off the crossbar!

78' - The commentator claims that Mohun Bagan fans have begun to leave the Kalyani Stadium as Bakr's header seemed to be the final nail in the coffin. The attendance for Mohun Bagan vs Churchill Brothers is just about 14,000+.

 

76' - GOAL! Mohun Bagan 1-4 Churchill Brothers. Abu Bakr heads in the near post! Gurung, the substitute, makes an impact for the visitor as his cross from the right is met with Bakr, who makes it 4-1 for Churchill Brothers! The game is all but over for Mohun Bagan.

75' - Lalkhawpuimawia heads...but it goes over! Ceesay plays a good cross from the left but the former sends it into the air.

72' - Bagan makes its final change as Subha replaces Naorem.  Can he make some impact for the Mariners?

69' - Ceesay takes an optimistic long-range shot but the effort is quite wide. On the other end, Ashutosh combines with Beitia, and Beitia tries to play a one-two with Colinas but Colinas was offside.

65' - Plaza lays off the ball for Lalkhawpuimawia but the latter is flagged offside. Do you reckon Churchill scoring more goals in this game? Just about 30 minutes remaining in this game.

63' - That's it for Vinil tonight as he is replaced by Gurung. Meanwhile, Chamorro misses another easy effort as he yet again fails to tap in a Colinas cross.

60' - WHAT A MISS! Chamorro misses an easy tap-in at the far post after Colinas did all the hard work by whipping in a cross in the box, from the right flank.  The score is still Mohun Bagan 1-3 Churchill Brothers and we have hit the one-hour mark.

59' - Ashutosh ruins a golden chance to score from a narrow angle after Colinas set him up in the box with a fine cross from the right side.

55' - Morante with an overhead kick from close range.....but it goes wide! Bagan is trying its all to find the second goal. Can the Mariners light up the stadium with a comeback here?

55' - CHAOS! Primus is forced to pull off a goal line save after Jafar came off the line to block the free-kick taken by Beitia. With no one to mark him, Chamorro had a good chance to bridge the gap but Primus came to Churchill's rescue.

53' - CLOSE! Chamorro makes the run towards the byline just in time as Ashutosh whips in a cross from the right side. However, Chamorro fails to find the net after a block from the opposition defender. Churchill Brothers is living on the edge here!

50' - Vinil is booked for bringing down Suhair and Bagan is awarded a free-kick. Beitia takes it and after a series of passes, Naorem sets up Morante outside the box, who chips the ball just over the ball!

47' Double change for Bagan as Vicuna brings on Sahil and Chamorro as Britto and Fran make way for them.

46' - The second half kicks off. Can Bagan bounce back in this game?

Half time: Mohun Bagan 1-3 Churchill Brothers: The visiting side walks off at the break with a two-goal lead -- thanks to goals from Plaza (2' & 38') and Primus (28'). Mohun Bagan found the net through a spot-kick from Gonzalez (34') but the Mariners are struggling to bridge the deficit at the Kalyani Stadium today. Second half awaits.

45+1' - Naorem tries to attack on the counter but Bakr pulls off an excellent tackle to stop him. On the end, Churchill gains possession of the ball again and Lalkhawpuimawia does well with his first touch, but he fails to send it into the ball as his effort goes wide.

44' - The ball possession stats read: Mohun Bagan 61%- 39% Churchill Brothers. The score line, though, tells a different story for the Mariners.

 

38' - Plaza strikes again! Mohun Bagan 1-3 Churchill Brothers. Plaza unleashes a long-range strike which is blocked by Debjit the first time, but failing to collect the delivery meant his howler cost his side as Plaza finds his second goal of the evening!

 

34' - GOAL! Mohun Bagan 1-2 Churchill Brothers. Fran Gonzalez brings Mohun Bagan back into the game! Naorem is brought down in the box which immediately makes the ref point to the penalty spot. Gonzalez makes no mistake as he slots the ball from the spot-kick in the bottom right corner.

32' - Naorem makes his way to the edge of the box Churchill box from the left but his final effort is easily blocked.

 

28' - GOAL! Robert Junior Primus heads in to bring Churchill Brothers 2-0 up! Primus heads the ball in the far post from a Ceesay corner kick to increase the lead for the visiting side from Goa.

24' - Naorem keeps the ball away from his marker before he plays it for Gurjinder on the left wing. Gurjinder tries to whip in a cross but his attempt his blocked. Mohun Bagan is awarded a corner kick but nothing quite comes off it. Mohun Bagan is still trailing.

20' - SAVE! Jafar blocks Gonzalez's header, but the loose delivery is shot again by Morante. Bagan still fails to find the net as the attempt is blocked at the goal line by Abu Bakr!

19' - Primus makes a vital block to stop Colinas, who was sprinting up the right flank to attack from the wings.

18' - Vaz makes a crucial interception to stop the one-two exchange between Suhair and Beitia close to the box, just as Britto was looking to attack from the Churchill box again.

16' - Britto makes his run into the Churchill box after Suhair sets him up with a throughball. Britto, however, brings pushes his marker in the box and is fouled for the same -- which brings the build-up to an end. It's still Mohun Bagan 0-1 Churchill Brothers.

13' - Debjit comes off his line to deny Plaza his second goal of the evening after Cyrus was clumsy with his defensive duties.

8' - Colinas plays a smart through-pass for Britto who was running into the box. However, Churchill goalkeeper Jafar comes off his line to block the onrushing Britto.

7' - Britto is brought down by Kalif outside the box and Mohun Bagan has a free-kick from a good spot. Beitia plays the free-kick but his delivery is not met by Morante or Cyrus at the far post.

2' - GOAL! Plaza brings Churchill Brothers 1-0 up! Plaza heads in the cross from the left played by Ceesay as the visiting side takes an early lead against Mohun Bagan.

1' - KICK-OFF! The action begins at the Kalyani Stadium.

LINE-UPS:

Mohun Bagan XI: Debjit Majumder, Francisco Morante, Gurjinder Kumar, Ashutosh Mehta, Daniel Cyrus, Joseba Beitia, Nongdomba Naorem, Julen Colinas, Britto PM, Francisco Gonzalez, Suhair VP.

Mohun Bagan substitutes: Salva Chamorro, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Shilton Paul, Dhanachandra Singh, SK Sahil, SK Faiaz, Subha Ghosh.

Churchill Brothers XI: Ponif Vaz, Abu Bakr, Kalif Alhassan, Willis Plaza, Dawda Ceesay, Robert Junior Primus, Md Jafar Mondal, Vinil Poojary, Lalkhawpuimawia, Glan Martins, Jovel Martins.

Churchill Brothers substitutes: Suresh Meitei, Quan Gomes, Vanlal Duatsanga, Israi Gurung, Clencio Pinto, Lalengzama Vangchhia, James Kithan.

 

 

PREVIEW

Mohun Bagan will aim to defeat Churchill Brothers for the first time since March, 2018, when it hosts the side in Kalyani, West Bengal today.

It will be the second match this season for both teams. Bagan began its campaign with a 0-0 draw against Aizawl FC, while Churchill posted a win in its first match — a 3-0 thrashing of Punjab FC.

Bagan head coach Kibu Vicuna would want his strikers to get into the business and hopefully field Spaniard Salvador Perez alongside Suhair V. P. in the attacking line-up with support from Julian Colinas and Joseba Beitia.

Speaking ahead of the game, Vicuna said, “Only two teams walked away with points from an away game in the first week. It's us and Real Kashmir. We should have returned with three points from Aizawl, but unfortunately, we came home with one. Now we are ready to face Churchill Brothers at our home and we are prepared to show our best version to earn those three points. Our only objective is to win and we are ready to do it.”

Talismanic striker and skipper Willis Deon Plaza will lead the line for Churchill, with able support from Lalkhawpuimawia. While the former Aizawl FC forward has already showcased his worth scoring a brace in their season opener, a lot more would be expected out of the duo as they gear up to face the Kolkata giant.

Although Churchill managed to walk away with a clean sheet against Punjab FC, its defensive capabilities would be put to a real test against Bagan on Sunday. Churchill does, however, boast of a robust defensive line comprising Jovel Martins, the Trindidian duo of Abu Bakr and Robert Junior Primus, with an equally efficient midfield trio of Gambian Dawda Ceesay, Ghanaian Kalif Alhassan and Israil Gurung.

Looking ahead to the contest, Dawda Ceesay said, “The win [against Punjab FC] was important and we are happy to enter this game with the momentum behind us. Our aim is to carry the momentum and play to our strengths. Winning always helps in building the morale of the team and we are in the process of building a collective squad. We have a new coach who is very tactical and understanding. Our only objective from any game is to return with a win.”

 

MATCH DETAILS

The kick-off for Mohun Bagan vs Churchill Brothers is scheduled at 5 PM IST. The match will be telecast on DSport. It can also be streamed on Jio TV.