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I-LEAGUE 2016-17: MATCH DETAILS (ROUND : 4)

MUMBAI FC 0-1 AIZAWL FC
22.01.2017 : MUMBAI FC 0-1 AIZAWL FC - FT
AFC: Mahamoud Al Amna 79'
MOM : Jayesh rane - AFC

MFC : Kattimani, Mummun, Pratik, Chandra, Shallum, Asher, Pratesh, Jhanghal, Nikhil, Thoi, Hitesh.
AFC : Albino, Ruatthara, Kingshley, Zotea, Rinzuala, Alfred, Albert, Asutosh, Amna, Jaysh, Kamo

AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Mumbai Football Club had to bite the dust at their home as an 80th-minute goal from Aizawl Football Club’s Mahmoud Al-Amna clinched an important win for Aizawl FC, first time ever for the highlanders at the Cooperage Ground.

MUMBAI FC 0-1 AIZAWL FC
The home side, Mumbai lined up in an all new 5-2-3 shape to tackle an Aizawl side playing operating in a 4-3-3 system. Both sides took a little time to settle into the game. As after a string of aimless passes and long clearances, Mumbai FC and Aizwal FC started to play according to their gameplan.

The first golden opportunity of the match fell to the visitors. A neatly combined play in the midfield by Aizawl, carved open the Mumbai left flank. Former Mumbai player Jayesh picked up an unmarked Ivorian Bayi Kamo Stephane, in the box, but he pulled his shot over the bar.

With over 15 minutes of the game played, Aizawl looked to be more threatening, when in possession. But hosts Mumbai were comfortable at large in their attempts to clear the dangers opposed by Aizawl. A key – during the first half – for Aizawl was Jayesh Rane’s role in the midfield. The ex-Mumbai FC bloke played an instrumental role through the middle sticking passes together, eventually earning his maiden Hero of the match award in his career.

As the first-half proceedings came to a closure, much could not be said about the chances the hosts could nurture. Mumbai barely tested Albino Gomes under the woodwork, as they fancied their chances on the break but lacked the sharpness and coordination, at times.

After over an hour’s play at Cooperage, away side Aizawl looked to be in control of the match, as Mumbai, most often were seen defending deep in the match. The home side, despite their substitutions, seemed to have little or no control of the ball; as Mumbai were outnumbered in midfield. Addressing the issue, coach Santosh Kashyap changed to a 4-4-2/4-2-3-1 system, as he introduced Steven Dias into the mix.

Finally, against the run of play, Aizawl FC took the lead in the 80th minute. A darting run inside the box from the left by Lalruatthara produced a pass to Syrian Mahmoud Al-Amna, who put the ball past Kattimani, making it 1-0 in favour of the away side.

The win lifted Aizawl FC to the third spot with 10 points, sandwiched between Kingfisher East Bengal, who have acquired same points akin to the highlanders but separated by a superior goal difference, and Bengaluru FC who have fought earlier today.

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EAST BENGAL 2-1 BENGALURU FC
ROBIN SCORED AS EAST BENGAL REGISTERED AN IMPORTANT WIN IN I LEAGUE
22.01.2017 : EAST BENGAL 2-1 BANGALURU FC(FT)
KEB : Bukenya 28', Robin Singh 78'
BFC : Vinith CK 22'
M.O.M :Bukenya - KEB

KEB : Rahanesh, Rahul, Bukenya, Gurwinder, Narayan,Wedson, Nikhil, Dika, Mehtab, Amirov, Plaza.
BFC : Amarinder, Juan, Johnson, Khabra, Raltey, Lenny, Lindoh, Udanta, Watson, Chetri, Vineeth.

REFEREE: AJIT METTAI
EAST BENGAL 2-1 BENGALURU FC
90+3': FULL TIME SCORE : EAST BENGAL 2-1 BANGALURU FC
90': 3 minutes added time
89': Wedson's shot saved by Amarindra following a pass from Robin
88': Chance for Bangaluru .... Veneeth's back volley from a close range collected by Rahaneah
87'; East Bengal leading against Bangaluru Fc in an important I League encounter at Barasat
84': REPLACEMENT FOR EAST BENGAL : Mehtab out, Rowlin in
82': REPLACEMENT FOR BANGALURU FC: Lenny out, Daniel in
80': EAST BENGAL 2-1 BANGALURU FC
78':Robin received a ball of a defection from Johuson cover a lot of ground and beat Amarindra
78'; GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL 2-1....East Bengal scored
75': EAST BENGAL 1-1 BANGALURU FC
75': YELLOW CARD to Senaraltey he blocked Dika dangerously
74': Chance wasted by East Bengal again.......Plaza failed to touch a pass from Robin with Amarindra at his mercy
EAST BENGAL 2-1 BENGALURU FC
73'; OHHHH.......Robin's left footed shot hit the bar from almost 25 yards
70': It's a evenly poised match in the second session as both the teams have some open chances
67': EAST BENGAL 1-1 BANGALURU FC
: Udanta out, Roby in
65': East Bengal on a counter move.....Plaza unable to reach the ball following a pass from Wedson
63': Mehtab's corner cleared by Johnson out of the danger zone
62'; What a easy miss by Plaza, his touch was a bit fast as Amrinder came out and cleared for a corner
60': EAST BENGAL 1-1 BANGALURU FC
EAST BENGAL 2-1 BENGALURU FC
59': Dika's free kick sailed over the bar
59'; Robin fouled by Juan free kick for East Bengal
56': A good save by Amarindra, he cleared a ball from Nikhil who was absolutely in a clear position following a pass from Mehtab
55': A miss by Chetri, he shoots straight to Rahenesh from aclose range following a pass from Veeneeth
53'; A good block by Bukenya he denied Veeneth who was rushing inside following a pass from Lyndoh
50': Lenny's long ranger following a free kick from Watson went over the goal line
48': SenaRaltey's curling free kick punched away by Rahanesh
47': Free kick for Bangaluru as Khabra fouled by Dika
EAST BENGAL 2-1 BENGALURU FC
47': Udanta's cross pass from the right cleared by Bukenya
46': REPLACEMENT FOR EAST BENGAL : Amirov out, Robin in
46': Second session starts, Bangaluru FC kicks off
45+2': HALF TIME SCORE : EAST BENGAL 1-1 BANGALURU FC
45': 2 minutes added time
42': Lyndoh's powerful shot saved by Rahaneesh following a pass from Udanta
41': A cross pass from Veeneth cleared by Bukenka partially .
40': EAST BENGAL 1-1 BANGALURU FC
38': What a miss by Plaza....he shoots straight to Amrindra after covering a lot of ground from the right
36': A long ranger by Udanta but easily collected by Rahanesh
EAST BENGAL 2-1 BENGALURU FC

35': A long forward pass from Wedson but Nikhil unable to control as Juan cleared
32'; YELLOW CARD to Dika he blocks Lyndoh from behind EAST BENGAL 1-1 BANGALURU FC
29'; YELLOW CARD to Mehtab as he kicks Chetri from behind
28': It's a brillant move by Dika and Wedson from the left, finally BUKENYA scored following a pass from Dika
28': GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL 1-1 ....EAST BENGAL equalised
26': An aimless cross pass from Nikhil, no East Bengal strikers were there as the ball cleared for a corner by Johunson.
25': A long pass from Mehtab to Arimov but cleared by Khabra out of the danger zone
22': Vineeth scored following a pass from Lyndoh from the left
22': GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL 1-0.Bangaluru scored
20': EAST BENGAL 0-0 BANGALURU FC
18'; East Bengal yet to play a constructive move , playing wrong passes inside the oppornants half
15': Lyndoh's corner cleared by Bukenka. He tackled Watson inside the box and cleared the ball out of the danger zone
EAST BENGAL 2-1 BENGALURU FC
14': Bangaluru are playing in the middle third of East Bengal, are in search to create an opening . Though no positive opening so far in the match.
12': A long ranger from Lenny following a pass from Chetri sailed over the bar
10': EAST BENGAL 0-0 BANGALURU FC
9': A long throw from Rahul headed away by Johnson as Plaza was following
7': A forward pass from Khabra , cleared by Narayan as Veeneth cleared
5': Watson's corner kick cleared by Bukenya out of the danger zone
4': Juan blocked by Dika ball rolled over the goal line for a corner
2'; A forward pass from Dika Plaza was beat slow Amarindra collects
1': Lyndoh's cross pass cleared by Bukenya , and Rahanesh collects
EAST BENGAL 2-1 BENGALURU FC
0': Match started, East Bengal kicks off
0': It's almost packed Vidyasagar Kriangan, people are waiting outside the stadium to enter
0': Bengaluru Scored 8 goals so far and yet to concede a goal, while East Bengal scored 5 and 2 goals scored against them.

0': East Bengal earned 7 points from3 Matches while Bengaluru Earned9 from same.

EAST BENGAL TO CHALLENGE BENGALURU IN A BATTLE ROYAL

PREVIEW: It's a big match day on Sunday evening at the Vidyasagar Kriangan, Barasat as the leaders of Indian football East Bengal and Bangaluru FC will going to clash in one of the most important match of the current edition of I League.

After a win in the both away matches against DSK Shivajians and Churchill Brothers, the Red and Gold Brigade are now set to challenge the defending champions and the league leaders Bengaluru FC to maintain their winning run.

Bengaluru FC are always a strong contender for East Bengal in the recent past as they won both the matches in the recently concluded season. East Bengal lost the home match at Barasat by a solitary goal and had to surrender at the away encounter when then were crashed by a convening margin of 3-1.

The team from the garden city had an impressive performance so far in the current edition of I League. East Bengal on the contrary, are still to be at the peak though they have quite a formidable upfront and an experienced midfield with a lot of option in Trevor Morgan's armory.

HEAD TO HEAD
TOTAL MATCHES: 6
EAST BENGAL WON : 3
BENGALURU WON : 3
DRAWN : 0
EAST BENGAL SCORED : 6
BENGALURU SCORED : 7

In the pre match press conference at East Bengal Club's media center at Kolkata, Albert Roca the chief coach of Bengaluru Fc said, “It is true that we have won three games in a row but an away game changes things. East Bengal are a tough side with some very good players and we’ll have to be better than we were before if we are to take anything away from this game.

Every opposition plays a different game and as a coach, it’s important to make sure that the best suited team is out there. Some of our players have played all three games at home but whether they start or not depends on the opposition and the game-plan .”

The main concern for Trevor Morgan will be his central defense as Arnab Mondal and Anwar Ali are still nursing their injury. In the pre match press conference at Kolkata the British coach of East Bengal, Trevor Morgan said, " On paper this is our toughest game. It can be as tough as we can make or as good as we can make.It depends on our performance.". The match will kick off at 4.30 pm IST.

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CHENNAI 1-2 MOHUN BAGAN
21.01.2017 : CHENNAI CITY FC 1-2 MOHUN BAGAN (FT)
MB : Jeje 56', Sony Norde 76'
CCFC : Marcos Vinicitus 51'
MOM : Marcos Vinicitus - CCFC

CFC : Karanjit, Eche, Prasant, Charles, Edwin, Marcos, D.Ravanan, D. Ganesh, Amiri, Rau Y., Joseph.
MB : Debjit, Bikramjit, Eduardo, Subhasish, Pritam, Souvik, Yusa, Pronoy, Jeje, Duffy, Sony,

CHENNAI 1-2 MOHUN BAGAN
90+3': FULL TIME SCORE : CHENNAI CITY FC 0-0 MOHUN BAGAN
90+1': REPLACEMENT FOR MOHUN BAGAN:Jeje out, Bikramjit in
90': 3 minutes added time
89': A prompt shot by Denson from age of the missed the target by a whisker
87': Balwant's powerful shot following a pass from Prabir cleared by Eche
83': Mohun Bagan leading by 2-1 ..... trailing by a early second half goal scored twice to gain the lead
79': REPLACEMENT FOR CCFC: Marcos out, Keegan in
78': A brilliant save by Debjit....he saved a push from Charles from a close range
76': Sony Nordi scored following a forward pass from Balwant.Sony covered a lot of ground and beat Karanjit
76'; GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL 2-1 Lead to Mohun Bagan.
75': REPLACEMENT FOR MOHUN BAGAN:Prabir in Souvik out
74': A good clearance by Eduardo.... he cleared a pass from Denson denying Marcos
73': A weak shot by Jeje from age of the box safely collected by Karanjit
71'; A good collection by Karanjit he came out a collects a pass from Souvik as Sony was rushing in
70': CCFC 1-1 MOHUN BAGAN
69': Match are in slow pace now.....as both the teams are playing safe
67': REPLACEMENT FOR CCFC : Edwin out,Abhishek in
65': REPLACEMENT FOR MOHUN BAGAN: Balwant in Duffy out
64': Sony's free kick went high over the cross bar
63'; Sony fouled by Denson free kick to Mohun Bagan
59'; Prasant's cross pass from the left cleared by Subasish out of the danger zone
56': Jeje Lalpekua's push went inside following a pass from Sony from the left
56': GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL 1-1...Mohun Bagan equalised
55': CCFC 1-0 MOHUN BAGAN
CHENNAI 1-2 MOHUN BAGAN
53'; Mohun Bagan trailing against CCFC . For the first time Mohun Bagan are trailing in the competition
51': Marcos Vinicitus snatched the ball from Eduardo went inside the 18 yards and beat Debjit from an acute angle
51': GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL 1-0 to Chennai City FC .CCCFC scored
49': Katsumi's weak grounder following a pass from Jeje safely collected by Karanjit
47': Raju's cross pass from the left following a pass from Denson collected by Debjit
46': Second session starts.......CCFC kicks off
45+2': HALF TIME SCORE : CHENNAI CITY FC 0-0 MOHUN BAGAN
45': 2 minutes of added time
42': YELLOW CARD to Amiri , he fouled Duffy dangerously
41'; Eduardo's long pass from the midfield cleared by Raju before Jeje could reach
38': REPLACEMENT FOR CCFC; Denson in , Ravanan out
37': A clearance by Amiri, denying Sony who was cutting inside dangerously
35': Duffy's forward pass cleared by Raju as Katsumi was rushing in
33': Sony's free kick saved by Katranjit diving towards his right .
32': PENALTY FOR MOHUN BAGAN.......Eche trips Sony from behind inside the 18 yards.
30': CCFC 0-0 MOHUN BAGAN
CHENNAI 1-2 MOHUN BAGAN
29': Amiri wasted a free kick from a close range. his shot went high over the bar
26': WHAT A MISS BY CCFC......Charles shoots straight to Debjit failed to place in open goal , and Bikramjit clears finally
23': A hesitation by Jeje following a pass from Pritam as Amiri cleared the ball out of the danger zone
22': A forward pass from Charles cleared by Bikramjit before Marcos could reach
20'; Mohun Bagan are in continuous attack but failed to beat Karanjit in CCFC goal
18'; Katsumi's right footed powerful shot from the right hit the post and went out
17'; Katsumi's free kick cleared by CCFC central defense
16'; YELLOW CARD to Raju for the offense
16': Katsumi fouled by Raja outside the 18 yards ,free kick from Mohun Bagan
15': CCFC 0-0 MOHUN BAGAN
13': A save by Karanjit again.....he came out and block a shot from Duffy. Duffy received the pass from Sony well inside the Chennai half
11': A diving save by Karanjit denying Souvik Chakraborty who received the forward pass from Sony
9': A brilliant pass by Ganesh aiming towards Marcos but Debjit came out in time to collect
7': A move by Marcos through the right his grounder shot saved by Eduardo out of the danger zone
6'; A good move by Sony, moves into the 18 yards in sheer speed but cleared by Karanjit
5': Aimless pass from Subasish, no one was following , Karanjit collects
3': Katsumi's forward pass cleared by Ravanan before Jeje could reach
2': Sony's cross pass cleared by Ravanan, Jeje was following
0': Match started, Mohun Bagan kicks off
0': REFEREE: A ROWAN
0': In last 3 matches Mohun Bagan won 9 points from 3 matches.
MARINERS ARE IN SEARCH OF THEIR FORTH CONSECUTIVE WIN

PREVIEW: Mohun Bagan will going to face Chennai City FC in the forth round encounter on Saturday evening at Jawharlal Nehru stadium, Chennai. Mohun Bagan are in search of their forth consicutive win against Chennai City FC in their first away encounter.

On the contray, after a goalless draw in the opening match against Minerva Panjab FC, Chennai City faced two away defeats are yet to score a goal in the competetion. While interacting in the pre match press conference the head coach of Chennai City FC, Robin Charles Raja said, "We are into our third match only.We are going better with every match going by. We have other options but we should score a goal tomorrow.We are putting focus on midfield and strikers."

Mohun Bagan are having a good start in the tournament, improving in the combination and coordination in every match they played so far.Though Sanjay Sen, the chief coach of the Mariners are of the opinion that his team should improve in some specific departments. In the pre match press conference at Chennai, Mohun Bagan chief coach said, "Every match is important to us. We are not thinking about our last three matches . We will have to fight in every matches are expecting a tough match against Chennai City FC."

It will be a really tough match for Chennai City FC against the well combined Mariners as Chennai City consists of some experienced footballers in their squad.

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LAJONG 2-1 MINERVA
21.01.2017 : SHILLONG LAJONG FC 2-1 MINERVA PUNJAB FC - FT.
SLFC : Rupert 17', Dicka 42'.
MPFC : Loveday
MOM : Rupert - SLFC

SLF : Vishal, Shadap, Sana, Pritam, Nim, Samuel, Yuta, Dicka, Issac, Redeem, Rupert.
MPF : Arspret, Gurjinder, anirudh, Arshpreet, Joel, Kamaljit, Victor, Ivan, Germanpreet, Loveday, Jewel Raja.

LAJONG 2-1 MINERVA
SLFC PRESS RELEASE : Local hero Rupert Nongrum and new Cameroonian striker Aser Dipanda Dicka scored a goal each as Shillong Lajong FC celebrated their return to the JN Stadium in Shillong with a 2-1 victory over Minerva Punjab FC on Saturday.

The first Hero I-League home match this season for the Reds also produced Lajong’s first victory of 2016-17 and pushed the North East club to provisional seventh position in the points table.

Lajong started with as many as eight Under-22 players and only two foreigners – Dicka and Japanese midfielder Yuta Kinowaki – but came out of the dugout strongly as they looked to make the most of their home advantage.

From around the 10th minute the first half belonged to the Reds, who were cheered on by thousands of fans. In the 17th minute Rupert secured his place in the history books with his first I-League goal by demonstrating that he has a fine football mind despite his years. He was later rewarded for a fine performance over 90 minutes with the Hero of the Match award.

The midfielder met a well directed long ball with an outstretched right boot. Neatly collecting the ball, the youngster, who was totally unmarked, sped towards the edge of the opposition box and fired in a low strike that beat Minerva goalkeeper Arshdeep Singh.

A little miscommunication between Dicka and captain Nim Dorjee Tamang saw Lajong miss a good chance to double the lead just five minutes later, but that really did not make much difference as the Reds continued to pile on the pressure, motivated by the cheers of the Lajong Faithfuls.

A few minutes either side of the 30-minute mark Dicka had two headers just miss the mark, but he made good on this promising display to convert a chance 10 minutes later. Although the striker could not get to a long ball, Minerva’s defender Loveday Okechukwu failed to clear the ball after a bad bounce and the resulting skewed kick fell nicely into place for Dicka to walk the ball into the net with the goalkeeper out of position.

The Punjab-based team’s coach made a couple of attacking substitutions at the start of the second half and Minerva saw much more of the ball, though Lajong faced up to the pressure and held off the marauding opposition. With full time in sight, Okechukwu made up for his first half mistake by firing in a scorcher of a ball that Lajong custodian Vishal Kaith could do nothing about to reduce the margin to just one goal. Incidentally, this was the first goal for Minerva in the I-League.

Fellow foreign team mate Ivan Filatov then got another chance to score for his team, but his attempt from within the box was neatly gathered by Vishal, who had to dive to his right. With referee Raktim Saha soon blowing the whistle, Lajong could celebrate a much deserved victory and they will go into their next game, against Mumbai FC on January 28, with renewed confidence.

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DSK 1-1 CHURCHILL
21.01.2017 : DSK SHIBAJIANS 1-1 CHURCHILL BROTHERS - FT..
DSK : Kim Song 22'
CB : Adil Khan 85'
MOM : Mawihmingthanga - DSK

DSK : Soram, Mirmal, Sasha, Jerry, Shane, Milan, Rohit, Quero, M.Thanga, L.Zuala, Kim song.
CB : Priyant, Rowilson, Keenan, Adil, Seriton, Wolfe, Brandon Bektur, C.Lyngdoh, Fulganco , Richard Costa

DSK 1-1 CHURCHILL
AIFF PRESS RELEASE : Churchill Brothers FC Goa record their first points, in the Hero I-League 2016-17, as they clinch a 1-1 draw away at DSK Shivajians. The home side took the lead in the first-half, on 21 minutes through Korean forward Kim Song Yong, but celebrations were cut short, with approaching full-time, as a late 86th-minute header from Adil Ahmed Khan levelled the scoreline.

The home side, DSK Shivajians made no changes to the squad which won 2-0 against Chennai City FC at home last time. Whereas, visiting manager Alfred Fernandes made two changes from a 2-0 loss at home to East Bengal in the last game week. Churchill Brothers brought two midfield players in, Kyrgyzstan’s Bektur Talgat Uulu and Under-22 player Chesterpoul Lyngdoh; as both sides lined up in a 4-4-2 formation.

The two teams enjoyed a hatful of good chances in the opening minutes as the match presented an end-to-end display of open attacking football. But Shivajians and Churchill failed to make their opportunities count, in front of goal — as a desperate surge for the opener grew.

The goal arrived, much to the delight of DSK Shivajians, who found an opening goal through Kim Song Yong in the 21st minute. The Korean has scored in two games running, as, on this occasion, Churchill’s left-back was caught napping when Kim Song Yong’s sharpness helped him arrive from the blind-side of the defender to put the ball at the back of the net.

DSK Shivajians grew into the match, creating plenty of chances, in the early stages of the second half. The hosts found acres of space to operate between the Churchill midfield and defence, as the second-half substitute, Sanju Pradhan’s long-range effort nearly brought a second goal.

Manager David Rogers introduced fresh legs post the hour mark, Gouramangi Singh replaced McFauln in defence. Halicharan Narzary was introduced for Lallianzuala Chhangte 10 minutes later, as DSK Shivajians looked for an important second goal.

As the match entered its final 15 minutes, Churchill Brothers were presented with a golden opportunity to equalise from the spot. In the aftermath of the foul committed by Sanju Pradhan inside the box, referee Pranjal Banerjee gave the visitors a chance to make it 1-1. But the experienced Anthony Wolfe was denied from the spot by Shivajians goalkeeper Soram Anganba, who stretched towards the right to deny the Trinidad and Tobago international to score.

Exactly 10 minutes separated Wolfe’s penalty miss on 76 minutes and Adil Ahmed Khan’s goal in the 86th minute. The visitors introduced their last primitive substitute in Surchandra Singh on 85 minutes, whose first vital contribution was to win a corner which brought the equalising goal; Khan managed to win a front-post header to break DSK Shivajians’ hearts.