Mohun Bagan suffered a setback to their title hopes as they were beaten by old rivals Salgaokar SC. Sueoka Ryuji helped Bagan getting an early lead when he scored from a header in the 13th minute. Coach Karim Bencharifa kept Zenith Mashangva beside NS Manju as a defender in the starting XI. Zenith sent a long through from the right into the box that found Sueoka who headed the ball into the goal (1-0)
Later Ekene Ikenwa replaced injured Avneet Singh Shergill. With this change Salgaokar started building on moves that put the rival defense with Manju, donning the jersey for the first time in the season, under pressure constantly. In the 44th minute Milagres Gonsalves shot a long through into the box that found Keita Mandjou who chest-trapped the ball , got past Manju and pushed the ball past Shilton’s right side (1-1). At the lemon break the score levelled 1-1! At the 47th minute Francis Fernandes moved up on the right flank, got past Bagan defenders and went for a final pass to Keita Mandjou who missed the ball and Ekene Ikenwa tapped in to the goal (1-2)! Coach Karim made couple of changes as Masih replaced Manju and Snehasish replaced Ishfaq. Bagan almost found the equalizer in the 52nd minute when Barreto got a pass from Ishfaq and his header was foiled by Luciano Sabrosa. Luciano did well to consolidate Salgaokar defense and Bagan failed to score the equalizer. Bagan got an opportunity to ride onto the top position in the League table but this loss kept them at bay! Goals : MB : Sueoka Ryuji SSC: Keita Mandjou, and Ekene Ikenwa Yellow Card : Ishfaq Ahmed (MB), Rocus Lamare ( SSC) Team : Shilton, Surkumar, Manju (Masih), Zenith, Biswajit (Tomba), James, Marcos, Kulothungan, Ishfaq(Snehasish), Sueoka, Barreto
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