Dempo thrashed Mohun Bagan 4-1 in Kolkata, which moved them a inch closer to their fourth league title. N.S. Manju gave the hosts an early lead but in second half spectators of Salt lake Stadium saw an emphatic display Armando Colaco’s team while Beto (2), Ranti Martins and Joaquim Abranches scored 4 goals to almost ensure the league title.
Mohun Bagan came into this on the back of consecutive home wins over Air India and Mahindra. So they were determined to continue their revival under Biswajit Bhattacharya with a strong performance against Dempo.
Dempo had beaten East Bengal in round 20, and they were confident of another good showing away from home in the 7th minute when Manju scored from a corner of Marcos with a delightful left footed volley .
Dempo was struggling in the entire first half as Chiddi, Sueoka, Barreto got a lot of chances to score for Bagan but it was 1-0 at the first half with strong performance of Mariners.
After the lemon break in the second half Dempo looked a totally different side and in 47th minute Beto scored the equalizer from a corner. (1-1)
Seven minutes later the league leaders took the lead when Ranti Martins scored with a very neat finish after receiving a fine pass from Joaquim Abranches. (1-2)
In the 60th minute Joaquim Abranches scored from a corner as Shilton Paul was caught out of position. (1-3)
Just four minutes later Beto scored his second and team’s fourth by a clean header from a cross of Anthony Perreria. (1-4)
After that few chances were created by mariners but those were not enough to hit and break the solid wall of Dempo.
Mahindra’s draw against Pune means Dempo are now nine points clear at the top with only three rounds remaining.
Dempo: Abhijit, John, Antao (Anwar), Carvalho, Climax (Jwell) , Beto, Anthony, Naik, Ranty, Abranches, Rebello.
Mohun Bagan: Shilton (Sangram) , Sur Kumar, Deepak, Manju, Biswajit, Marcos, Seuoka, Manish(James), Isfaq (Snehasish), Chidi, Barreto.
Picture Courtesy : Sangbad Pratidin