Mohun Bagan downs TRAU, goes 13 points clear at top of I-League table - As it happened

Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) FC will be playing host to runaway I-League leader Mohun Bagan at the Khuman Lumpak Stadium in Imphal today.

Mohun Bagan's starting line-up against TRAU.

Mohun Bagan's starting line-up against TRAU.   -  AIFF MEDIA

Hello and welcome to the live blog of Mohun Bagan vs TRAU in the I-League. The match will start at 5 PM IST and will be played at the Khuman Lumpak Stadium in Imphal. Watch this space for all updates.

 

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Full time: Mohun Bagan 3-1 TRAU - No goals in the second half but Mohun Bagan had got the job done in the first half itself. The Mariners seal a comfortable win and go 13 points clear at the top of the I-League table.  Check the full points table: I-League 2019-20: Points table, goals scored, goals difference

90' - Netrajit shoots wide over the bar! Four minutes have been added on. Can TRAU score another here?

89' - SK Sahil is replaced by Shilton D'Silva as Mohun Bagan makes the final change.

87' - Three minutes of regulation time pending. Mohun Bagan is leading 3-1 in Imphal. If the Mariners continue to hold on, they will be have a 13-point lead at the top.

82' - Goalscorer Diawara picks up an unnecessary yellow card for exchanging unpleasant words with the referee.

79' - Kiyan Nassiri Giri comes on for Suhair for MB.

78' - Shayan gets a vital touch on the shot played towards goal by Suhair. That could have been the fourth goal for the Mariners.

77' - Devrani takes a header but sends it straight to Sankar! It is still Mohun Bagan 3-1 TRAU in Imphal. Remember, a win will take Mohun Bagan 13 points clear at the top of I-League.

75' - Jesuraj shoots from a distance but sends it awfully wide. Diawara had set him up with a cross, but Jesuraj was poor with his shooting skills.

69' - Tursonov is sent off! He picks up his second yellow card for a challenge on Dinesh. Turusonov had earlier been booked in the 43rd minute. Mohun Bagan is down to 10 players.

68' - Naocha Singh does well to connect with a cross from Denechandra. He chests down the ball, cuts in and whips in a shot. But poor elevation meant it landed straight into the hands of Sankar in goal.

65' - A forced substitution for TRAU: Premjit has to go off due to an injury. Krishananda Singh replaces him.

60' - Romario Jesuraj is Mohun Bagan's first change of the evening; he replaces Nongdomba Naorem.

57' - SAVE! Shayan collects Diawara's header off a Gonzalez cross.

47' - We are back for the second half. Joel Sunday has been taken off; Naocha Singh comes in.

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Half time: Mohun Bagan 3-1 TRAU: Goals from Gonzalez (13'), Beitia (22') and Diawara (23') keep Mohun Bagan in the lead at the break. Joel Sunday (35') pulled one back for TRAU but the home side has been subpar with its finishing in the final third.

45+2' - Diawara goes down on the ground in pain, and is receiving treatment from the medics.

45' - Three minutes have been added on.  Suhair fires a cross from the right side into the box but finds no Mohun Bagan teammates inside the box.

44' - Deepak Devrani's header off a Meitei cross goes just over the bar! TRAU has had so many close chances since Mohun Bagan went 3-0 up. The host needs to finish off its chances to hope of a comeback here.

38' - Oh no! Joseph misses the target from close, sending his chip over the bar. That could have been a second for TRAU.

35' - GOAL! Joel Sunday pulls one back for the home side, slotting home a Joseph Olaleye cross. Mohun Bagan 3-1 TRAU.

34' - Patrick Uche receives a long ball from his midfield. He makes his way to the Mohun Bagan from the right, but he whips his cross straight into the hands of Sankar Roy in goal.

29' - How has TRAU not scored here? Joel Sunday misses an easy tap-in and then two TRAU players slip near the byline. Finally, the loose ball falls to Premjit but he shoots over. TRAU should have scored there!

23' - GOAL! Babacar Diawara makes it 3-0 within a minute! Tursunov, from the right, sets up Diawara at the edge of the box and the Senegalese international sends the ball towards the far post, beyond Shayan Roy in goal.  Mohun Bagan 3-0 TRAU.

22'- GOAL! Joseba Beitia doubles Mohun Bagan's lead. After a quick exchange of passes, Beitia finishes off with a shot towards the top right corner. Mohun Bagan 2-0 TRAU.

19' - Beitia plays a forward long for Suhair, who tries to make his way into the TRAU box from the left wing. However, he is stopped as the referee blows the whistle for offside.

13' - GOAL! Fran Gonzalez scores a penalty to bring the Mariners in the lead. This is Fran's 10th I-League goal. Mohun Bagan 1-0 TRAU.

12' - Penalty to Mohun Bagan. Denechandra Meitei brings down Komron Tursonov in the box.

10' - Wahengbam Luwang's foul on SK Sahil is nasty. The TRAU player picks a booking - the first of the evening.

6' - SAVE! Joseba Beitia takes the free-kick for Mohun Bagan and Fran Gonzalez whips it towards the near post. Shayan Roy dives to his left and clears it for a corner-kick. The resultant set-piece sees Beitia set up Gonzalez again, but Gonzalez shoots wide.

3' - CHANCE! Lalramchullova sends a long ball forward for VP Suhair. Suhair dances his way into the box from the right side, makes some space and goes for the far post. The shot, though, goes wide.

1' - Kick-off! Mohun Bagan vs TRAU is underway in Imphal.

Match line-ups

Mohun Bagan XI: Sankar Roy, Fran Morante, Lalramchullova, Dhanachandra Singh, Joseba Beitia, Nongdomba Naorem, SK Sahil, Fran Gonzalez, Komron Tursonov, Babacar Diawara, Suhair VP.

TRAU XI: Shayan Roy, Deepak Devrani, Patrick Uche, Denechandra Meitei, Soraisham Singh, Gerrard Williams, Netrajit Singh, Wahengbam Luwang, Joel Sunday, Laishram Singh, Joseph Olaleye.

 

Match preview:

Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) FC will be playing host to runaway I-League leader Mohun Bagan at the Khuman Lumpak Stadium in Imphal on Sunday.

TRAU forged a seven-game unbeaten run and rose to third on the points table but is now winless in five games -- drawing twice and losing on three occasions. As a result, TRAU finds itself just one point clear of the relegation zone with a goal difference of -10.

“It has been a tough period for us. We have created chances but we have somehow lacked the killer instinct going forward in order to see off games but we are trying to improve with each passing day. I believe the results will start to show, like they have before," said Princewill Emeka, TRAU's skipper, ahead of the game.

I-League points table | I-League 2019-20: Points table, goals scored, goals difference

“Mohun Bagan have been the best team in the league this season. It’s going to be a really difficult challenge for us but since we faced them last time in December, we have evolved a lot as a unit," he addded.

Mohun Bagan coach Kibu Vicuna remains wary of the challenge on Sunday and weighed in by acknowledging TRAU’s progression in the league. “TRAU have included some good players. They have come a long way. We have to remain focused and play to the best of our abilities," he said.

There has been little to worry about in the Green and Maroon camp but Daniel Cyrus’ fitness still hangs in the balance, confirmed Vicuna.

The reverse leg in Kalyani saw Mohun Bagan overwhelm the league debutant, scoring four past TRAU. A win for Bagan will be yet another step in its journey to I-League glory.

Match details:

Mohun Bagan vs TRAU 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.