Bangalore Football Stadium
28th May, 4:30 PM IST
Hello and Welcome to the revamped Bangalore football stadium re-laid with astro-turf. We will be going live in 15 more minutes. Stay tuned for the live updates. Our editor Debapriya Deb will be sending live updates straight from the stadium.
Here are the team line-ups:
East Bengal: Sandip, Nirmal, Nabi, Okpara, Soumik, Sanju, Mehtab, Khabra, Tolgay, Sushil, Baljit
HAL SC: Pramod (GK), Srikanth, Adeola, Rohit, Kenneth, Meetei, Murali, Vijaykumar, Prakash, Bengkok, Hamza.
1′ : Here we go… The game is being played on the newly laid artificial turf.. thats what we need.. good infrastructure to build the game in India..
1′ : First shot from Tolgay.. But brilliantly blocked by HAL defence..
6′ : Now Nabi finding somerhythm from the left.. But the alert HAL defence clears
10′ : Corner for East Bengal.. Taken by Mehtab Hossain but cleared by HAL defence..
15′ : Its all East Bengal in the first 15 min.. Nabi with a brilliant cross but saved by goalkeeper…
20′ : Shot by Tolgay.. Saved by keeper…
25′ : First chance for HAL… They get a corner.. but cleared by East Bengal defence…
35′ : The score is still 0-0 after 35 min.. East Bengal pressing hard for the lead…
38′ : Great save by Nandi to deny Murali
40′ : Brilliant play by Hamza.. Dribbles past Sandip Nandi.. But well cleared by East Bengal defence..
44′ : Blow for East Bengal.. Injured Okpara stretchered off.. Replaced by Gurwinder Singh.. 3 min added time..
HT : HAL came back strongly towards the end.. They dominated the last ten minutes or so.. East Bengal badly missing Penn Orji their anchor man in midfield…
Its 0-0 at Bangalore.. Rejoin us in 15 minutes for a pulsating second half where both teams desperately need 3 points…
HAL are languishing at the bottom of the table four points adrift of safety.. They desperately need a win.. East Bengal also need the three points to stay in the hunt for the title….
If HAL don’t win today it could be the end of their season as they have to play Dempo in Goa in their last game which will be very tough…
45′ : Second half starts..
45′ : Great ball by Mehtab.. but just out of reach of Baljit sahni.. Keeper Pramod comes out and clears…
49′ : Another great ball… This time from Mehtab.. Again Baljit fails to reach it.. East Bengal picking up the pace here…
50′ : Oh what a save by Nandi.. Dives to his right to deny Meiteei.. goes for a corner but resultant corner cleared…
51′ : Sanju Pradhan scores.. But ruled offside..
52′ : Baljit looking dangerous everytime he latches onto the ball.. He scored in his previous game against Churchill…
53′ : Oh what a save by Nandi again.. this time dives to his left.. Corner is cleared…
53′ : Great end to end stuff by both teams.. Pace has picked up in the second half.. Both teams pushing men forward as they realise the importance of a win…
55′ : great play by East Bengal… Mehtab plays to tolgay who passes to Sanju, but Adeola makes a great tackle to clear the ball… brilliant stuff from both teams in the second half
57′ : Double substitution for east Bengal.. Sanju OUT Sushant IN… Soumik OUT Ravinder IN..
58′ : Tactical switch by Morgan Will it work?
60′ : Corner for HAL palmed away by Nandi…
62′: HAL attacking now… Good run by Meiteei down the left.. Cleared by Nirmal Chhetri…
63′ : Long ranger by Vijay Kumar.. But his effort was weak.. Goes straight to Nandi who collects very easily…
65′ : Corner for Mehtab.. Cleared by HAL defence… 25 min to go for both teams to get the winner…
67′ : Nice cheeky stuff by Baljit.. Cleverly backheals a Mehtab ball.. But again Adeola makes a clearance..
67′ : Oh screamer from meetei.. And brilliantly saved by Nandi..
68′ : Meetei has been HAL’s beat player this half…
69′ : great run by Mehtab.. Passes to Sushil who gives to Ravinder.. His shot though goes straight to goalie…
70′ : Oh off the post from R.C Prakash.. brilliant shot that just kisses the post and goes out.. HAL building up the pressure…
71′ : Counter attack by East Bengal.. Corner for them..
72′ : Corner taken by Mehtab.. Curls it towards Sushil whose left footer goes out…
73′ : HAL now attacking from the left.. Meetei crosses but Gurwinder heads out…
75′ : Vijay injured.. Match stopped for a moment..
77′ : GOOAALLL… East Bengal score.. What a run through the heart of defence by Gurwinder. He lays the ball to Baljit, who’s minus falls to Ravinder and he slots home with a powerful left footer.
78′ : Killer blow to HAL.. just ten minutes to go.. They are heading back to the Second Division…
80′ : Foul by HAl defender on Mehtab.. But ref waves play-on..
81′ : Nine minutes for HAL to save their season..
82′ : GOOAALLLL.. HAL score.. Vjay Kumar the hero for the Bangalore based team.
83′ : What a goal it was. He dribbles past one defender and shoots a curling shot with his left foot right into the top corner. 1-1 with seven minutes plus stoppage time to go. Lifeline for the Aeronautics men.. Can they get another one?
83′ : Nice ball by Ravinder to Tolgay.. the Australian shoots but it goes wide..
84′ : Both teams need a winner.. Draw not good enough…
85′ : East Bengal pressing hard for the winner.. Mehtab puts in a great ball to Baljit on the right.. He crosses to Tolgay but his volley was blocked by Rohit…
86′ : Two corners in quick succession for East Bengal.. Both are cleared by the defense…
87′ : counter for HAL.. Murali to Xavier..gets a corner
88′ : Two minutes to go at Bangalore.. Both teams pressing hard for a winner.. One goal here could finish off either teams season…
89′ : East Bengal on the attack now.. Mehtab with a great run passes to Sushil.. Ball falls to Baljit who was fouled inside the box.. But ref gives nothing…
89′ : just a couple of minutes plus added time to go…
90′ : two minutes added time..
90+2′ : FULL TIME… HAL 1-1 East Bengal… East Bengals faint title hopes are now over… while HAL have one foot in the second division…
Man Of The Match to Vijaykumar.
HAL are stuck at the bottom. They have 21 points and must now hope for a miracle.. They must beat Dempo by a huge margin and hope ONGC, Air India or JCT lose their remaining games..
East Bengal can now at best finish on 51 points.
Yuvabharati Krirangan, Kolkata
29th May, 2011 – 5:00 PM IST
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the game and YBK.
Here are the line ups
Game will start at 4.30 PM. Viva Kerala are 9th in the table and require at least a point to be sure of safety. Chirag United are in 8th position with 28 points and are safe from relegation but need to win their final two games to move up the table.
Chirag United : Abhijit, Bapi, Arnab, Chika, Suken, Lalkamal, Denson, Sarkar, Tulunga, Joshimar, Sunil
Viva Kerala : Sarath, Charles, Bello, Karma T, Felix, Anil Kumar, Sherin, Jimshad, Chandrashekar, Faisal, Pradeep
1′ : Match starts..
3′ : Early yellow card to Anil Kumar. Vicious tackle on Arnab..
10′ : Viva Kerala attacking now.. Felix and Anil Kumar combining well in attack
15′ : Anil Kumar shot well saved by Abhijit Mondal.. Chirag united holding on.. Viva is dominating the game..
21′ : Injury to Sherin.. Taken off the field..
24′ : Shot by Bapi Saha.. Hits the post and goes out.. First scare for Viva Kerala..
30′ : Anil Kumar scores.. But ruled offside by the linesman.. Game getting cagey now.. both teams happy to sit back and defend…
34′ : Great save by Abhijit of Sajish shot.. Corner but nothing comes out of it for Viva
35′ : Sub for Chirag.. Denson OUT Choi IN.. Lets see what the Korean can do… possibly an injury to Denson
40′ : Shot by Joshimar.. With his right foot. but ball goes out..
44′ : Just a minute to go for half time…
45′ : 2 min added time..
HT.. match still goalless at the Salt Lake…
45′ : Second half starts…
46′ : GOOOAAALLL… Pradeep scores for Viva through a free kick…
50′ : viva leading by a goal.. Looks like they are well on their way for another season in top flight football…
51′ : Chirag united pressing hard for the equaliser…
54′ : Free kick for Chirag.. taken by kprean Choi.. But well saved by Viva keeper Sharath…
60′ : Oh great header by Joshimar.. Bapi cross was well headed by Brazilian which goes just over the bar…
66′ : Viva defending well… Chirag need a goal quickly…
66′ : Sub for Viva.. Jimshad OUT Vineeth IN
67′ : Shot by Tulunga but well saved by Sharath
70′ : Shot by Karma.. Off the post…
74′ : Time running out for Chirag…
80′ : GOOAALLL… Chirag equalise through Sunil Chhetri…
82′ : If this game finishes in a draw it will be Chirag’s 14th draw of the season…
87′ : long balls played by Chirag.. No luck for them…
90′ : Referee added 4 minutes of added time..
90+1′ : Viva pressing hard for the winner…
FULL TIME : Match finishes 1-1.. 14 draw of the season for Chirag… Viva move to 27 points and are technically safe unless JCT or Air India win by a huge margin.. Congrats to Viva Kerala for surviving this season…
N.P.Pradeep is Man Of The Match
Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Gurgaon
29th May, 2011 – 4:00 PM IST
Hello and Welcome to the live updates of the final game at Gurgaon.
Match will kick off at 4.30 PM
This is a clash between the oldest and the newest club of India and possibly the Arrows’ last game unless the AIFF manages to find a sponsor for them.
Here are the line-ups
Mohun Bagan : Shilton, Anwar, Kingshuk, Surkumar, Dhanarajan, Gouranga, Rakesh, Souvik, Satish, Ashim, Muritala
Indian Arrows : Jagroop, Abhishek, Raju, Deepak, Vishal, Lalrindika, Jewel, Shilton, Jibon, Jagtar, Jeje
1′ : Match starts
10′ : Arrows attacking.. Jeje’s header goes just wide of the post.
10′ : GOOOAAALLL!!! Another header by Jeje and this time it goes in.. Indian Arrows take a shock lead at Gurgaon.
11′ : It was a brilliant cross by Raju Gaekwad and Jeje made no mistake with the header…
18′ : GOOAAALLL.. Arrows leading 2-0.. Shilton Da Silva the scorer.. Bagan in trouble..
20′ : Arrows controlling proceedings here.. They are dominating Bagan completely
21′ : GOOAAALLL… Arrows score their third… Jagtar Singh gets on the scoresheet
24′ : GOOOAAALLL… Its number four for Indian Arrows… Jeje gets his second.. The Arrows are running riot at Gurgaon.. What a performance…
30′ : Half an hour gone.. What a 30 minutes for Arrows.. Probably the best they have played all season.. Jeje with one assist and a brace of goals…
32′ : Double change for Bagan.. Kingshuk OUT Chidi IN.. Gouranga OUT Ishfaq IN
35′ : Bhowmick needed to change the team.. They were down in the dumps…
36′ : Oh what a miss by Muritala.. Satish passed to Ishfaq who in turn brilliantly layed it to Muritala.. But he misssed an open net… What a chance goes begging…
40′ : Bagan completely outplayed.. They have had a miserable season and its getting worse for them in their final game…
43′ : GOOAALLL.. Bagan at last get a goal.. Chidi scores..
44′ : One wonders why Bhowmick didn’t start with Chidi.. He has been Bagan’s best player this season and definitely had to start.. Is it because he is moving to another club?
HT.. Lemon Break at Gurgaon… Arrows leading 4-1…
45′ : Second half starts…
48′ : Brilliant counter attack by Arrows.. Corner for them.. cleared by Bagan defense…
55′ : 10 minutes into the second half.. Arrows happy to sit back and hit Bagan on the counter…
57′ : GOOOAAALLL… Bagan get their second.. Muritala bulges the net after a great ball by Ishfaq.. Is the great escape on the cards??
58′ : Both Bagan substitutes responsible for getting them the goals.. Chidi scored one and Ishfaq assisted the other.. One wonders why Bhowmick left them on the bench…
60′ : 30 minutes to go at Gurgaon.. Possibly for the last time..
66′ : Final substitution made by Bhowmick.. Satish Kumar OUT Dipendu Dowary IN
70′ : Sub for Arrows.. Jibon OFF Harichandra IN.. Defensive player on for attacking player.. bulpin trying to preserve the lead…
78′ : GOOOAALLL… Muritala makes it 4-3… What a game.. Possibly game of the season.. Bagan can even win this now…
78′ : Again it was Chidi with a nice cross allowing Muritala to head home…
80′ : Ten minutes for the Mariners to find an equaliser and possibly win it…
87′ : GOOOAALLLL!!!.. Hattrick for Jeje.. he makes it 5 for Arrows.. Bagan almost out for the count now…
90′ : Disaster for Bagan… Disastrous season for them.. Heads will certainly roll in the off season…
90′ : 2 min added time
90+1′ : GOOAALLL… Muritala gets his hattrick.. What a game.. but its too late for Bagan…
FULL TIME : Indian Arrows win a thriller 5-4.. highest ever score in an I-League game beating the 5-3 of Dempo and East Bengal.. Also first time that two hattricks were scored in a game..
Jeje is Man Of The Match
Indian Arrows move to 8th in the table but could finish 9th if Chirag draw or win against East Bengal on Wednesday… Pretty decent season for them.. They have avoided the last two spots… Bagan are in danger of finishing seventh if Mumbai FC and Pune FC win their final games..
Sahu Maharaj Stadium, Kohlapur
30th May, 2011 – 4:30 PM IST
7′: Goal-less in Maharashtra. ONGC need to win this match to ensure survival.
8′: GOOOAAALLL !!! ONGC take the lead as Babatunde converts a spot kick. Will this be the goal that keeps ONGC in I-League ?
37′:GOOOAAALLL !!! ND Opara makes it 2-0 for ONGC. They are slowly inching towards safety.
HT : ONGC 2-0 Mumbai FC :: ONGC well in control of their fortunes in Maharashtra. Their closest rivals JCT and Air India are losing right now.
58′ : GOOOOAAAALLL !!! Kuttimani pulls one back for Mumbai FC. Is this match heading for a tense finish ?
75′ : GOOOOAAAALLL !!! Abhishek Yadav makes it 2-2. Brilliant comeback from Mumbai FC.
FT : ONGC 2-2 Mumbai FC :: MFC make a strong comeback to snatch one point.
PJN Stadium, Margao, Goa
30th May, 2011 – 4:30 PM IST
Dempo : Roy, John, Peter, Godwin, Climax, Ranti, Beto, Kalu, Clifford, Rebello, Kattimani.
Air India: Napoleon, Dhanachandra, Samson, Bijoy, Manjit, Darren, Yusuf, Santosh, Eric, Allan, Souvik.
Pre-Match : Title hopes of the defending champions were severely dented after a loss at Pune last week. Dempo still has a small outside chance of winning the I-League , the Airmen on the other hand are staging a desperate attempt the escape relegation.
1′ : Match kicks off.
2′ : Early chance for Beto – his shot goes just wide.
4′ : Free-kick for Air India. No danger.
8′: Let off for Air India !!! Terrible error from Souvik but Ranti fails to capitalize.
10′: Brilliant through ball from Beto but Souvik makes no errors this time.
13′: Brilliant from Santosh who makes a timely intyerception to deny Ranti a clear goal scoring chance. Dempo is toying with Air India right now.
18′: Climax’s shot takes a deflection and misses the goal by inches.
22′: What a miss !! Kalu had a free header but he somehow hits it over.
24′: First good move from Air India. Yusuf’s through ball fails to find Samson though.
26′: Ranti !!! His header goes just wide. Great cross from Peter from the left flank.
26′: Clifford !!! One on one with the goalie but he shoots wide. Its a miracle that this match is still goal-less.
30′: Godwin !!! Screamer from the Dempo player – hits the cross piece and goes out.
32′: And now Beto !!! His header hits the cross bar. With a little luck Dempo could have been up 3-0 by now.
35′: Dempo has slowed down a bit after creating a flurry of chances.
36′: GOOOAAALLL !!! Finally it happens, this was coming for a long time. Ranti latches on to a brilliant through ball from Beto and makes no mistaks. Dempo 1-0 Air India.
38′: Offside ! Climax’s goal chalked off.
41′: Clifford !! Brilliant run from Clifford Miranda but his cross is over-hit.
44′:GOOOAAALLL !!! Its 2-0 now !!! Beautiful cross from CLifford as Peter scores a tap-in.
44′:GOOOAAALLL !!! Its 3-0 now !!! Ranti scores his second goal as Peter turns provider.
45′: Ranti misses a golden chance to get a hattrick. AI ‘keeper completely misjudged the ball but Ranti somehow missed the chance.
45′:GOOOAAALLL !!! 4-0 to Dempo. This time Climax scores from a brilliant Beto cross. This is a demolition !!! Dempo is exacting brutal revenge of their loss in first leg.
HT : Dempo 4-0 Air India :: One of the most one sided first halves in this year’s I-League. Dempo dominated Air India from the start and in truth could have scored even more goals.
47′: GOOOAAALLL: Dempo’s midfield maestro gets his name on the scoresheet with a brilliant chip. Beto makes it 5-0.
51′: Ranti misses !!! Another bad miss by Ranti…looks like Dempo is playing a team with 4-5 men on the field. Air India is putting up no resistance.
53′ : Annnd its 6-0. Beto gets his second goal as Climax provides a perfect assist.
58′ : GOOOOAAAALLL !!! Do we need to tell you which team scored ? Brilliant, brilliant counter attack Clifford to Beto. Beto to Peter who makes it 7-0.
60′ : GOOOOAAAALLL !!! Air India is so bad that its actually a little funny. Ranti gets tired of missing easy chances and grabs a hattrick. Dempo 8-0 Air India.
63′ : GOOOOAAAALLL !!! 9-0. Dempo is scoring faster than Usain Bolt. Ranti with his 4th. He overtakes Odafa.
68′ : GOOOOAAAALLL !!! 10-0. Beto. Records keep tumbling.
75′: Subs so far – Abranches on for Peter, Amritpal on for Yusuf, Samir Naik on for Clifford.
78′ : GOOOOAAAALLL !!! 11-0. Ranty with his 5th.
83′ : GOOOOAAAALLL !!! 12-0. Ranty with his 6th.
86′ : GOOOOAAAALLL !!! Clifton makes it 13-0. The crowd is witnessing something out of the world in Goa.
88′ : GOOOOAAAALLL !!! Beto makes it 14-0. Is anyone still counting ?
FT : Dempo 14-0 Air India :: This is an incredible and unfathomable result. Never in the history of NFL/I-league has a team won by such a score-line. Dempo was from a different planet today. Ranti Martins Man of the Match with 6 goals.
Guru Nanak dev Stadium, Ludhiana
30th May, 2011 – 4:00 PM IST
Pre-Match When I-League began no one would have tipped Karim Bencharifa’s team to become the champions. But today they are on the verge of capturing Salgaocar’s second national league title. Ironically they are facing JCT, the inaugural champions, who are fighting to save relegation.
1′ : Match kicks off.
10′: Nervy start from Salgaocar. They have dominated possession but failed to create concrete chances.
13′: GOOAAALLL !!! Francis Fernandez gives Salgaocar the lead.
30′: Salgaocar 1-0 up after half an hour.
HT : JCT 0-1 Salgaocar :: Karim’s men head into the lemon break with one hand on the I-League title.
55′: Salgaocar is hanging onto its slender lead.
75′: 15 minutes separate Salgaocar from their 2nd I-League title.
76′: GOOOAAAALLL !!! Yusif Yakubu. Surely this wraps up the title.
FT : JCT 0-2 Salgaocar :: And there we have it. Karim Bencharifa has finally managed to win the I-League crown after coming close before. Salgaocar was definitely the best team in this year’s I-League and completely deserve the title. Special credit to Bencharifa to turn a modest squad in I-League champions. TheHardTackle congratulates Salgaocar for their second national league title.
PJN Stadium, Margao, Goa
31st May, 2011 – 4:30 PM IST
1′ : Match kicks off. Churchill Brothers’ I-League campaign was rendered meaningless after Salgaocar sealed the title yesterday. Teams are playing for their pride today.
7′ : GOOOAAALLLL !!!! PFC’s player of the season Keita gives the away team the lead.
20′ : The Red Lizards still up by one goal. If they win this match they will finish in top-5.
35′ : Churchill has come close to scoring on few occasions but PFC defence is standing strong.
45′ : GOOOAAALLL !!! Just when it was looking like PFC will go into half time 1-0 up, Odafa Okalie pops out of nowhere to make it 1-1.
HT : Churchill Brothers 1-1 Pune FC :: An exciting second half awaits us.
60′ : Score is 1-1 at the hour mark. Pace of the match has dropped significantly.
75′ : GOOOAAALLL !!! Churchill Go 2-1 up. Do we really need to tell you who scored the goal ? Yes It’s Odafa, again.
86′ : GOOOAAALLL !!! No wonder Pune FC is called comeback kings, Kamaljeet makes it 2-2. :
90′ : Would you believe it !!! Pune FC has grabbed a goal right at the death. Surely this is the winning goal !! Keita, once again does justice to his award.
FT : Churchill Brothers 2-3 Pune FC :: Full credit to both teams for spicing up a dead rubber. Pune FC gave an absolute grandstand finish to their season. With this victory PFC leapfrog Bagan to capture the 5th spot in I-League table. Another positive season for the club from Pune.