Kingfisher East Bengal

V

Air India

Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

Kickoff: 14:00 IST, 2nd January, 2012

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As the Red-&-Gold Amry prepare to take on the Pilots in a crucial encounter at Yuba Bharati Krirangan in a while, THT serves minute by minute coverage of the match at the table. We will soon update the all important team news.

Kingfisher East Bengal : Gurpreet, Saikat, Nirmal, Okpara, Soumik, Khabra, Penn, Sushant, Penn, Sonju, Robin, Tolgey

Air India : Harshad, Collin, Tamba, Soccor, Bijoy, Omi, Royston, Manandeep, Pratik, Rahul, Ramandeep

1′Match kicks off.

3′- Great run by Penn orji to set Robin Singh free on goal, but the noida boy misses the target. What a chance goes begging.

5′- A well weighted through ball by Sanju to tolgey, but it is cleared away by the Air India defence.

8′- Free kick to East Bengal.

9′- Great cross by Khabra from the left flank, troubling Harshad early here.

11′- Soumik was through on goal, but the pass found him in an offside position on the left flank. Free kick AI.

14′- First shot on target for the Red-&-Gold brigade, as Tolgey fires the ball straight at the Goalkeeper, courtesy an assist from the left flank. East Bengal threatening to score early here at YBK.

16′- Free kick to the visitors, as Nirmal brings down Manandeep just on the edge of the area. Tamba fires his low right footed shot, just past the frame of the goal. It’s a goal kick now for East bengal.

17′- Good attack by the Pilots. Danger cleared away by Uga.

19′- Sanju Pradhaan feeds a excellent ball to Penn, but the Nigerian muffs the chance as he looked to pass the ball to Robin, which was intercepted in the middle. It’s East Bengal 0-0 Air India here after 20 minutes.

21′- East Bengal completely ruling the proceedings here as another Tolgey shot is blocked by the Air India Defence .

23′- Tamba mis times his tackle on Sanju. Booked !

25′- GOALLLLLLL !!! Penn Orji scores for team Lal-Holud here at YBK to give the hosts an early lead. Pratik’s meek clearance falls onto Penn’s feet, who shrewdly chips the Goalkeeper. It’s East Bengal 1-0 Air India after 25 minutes.

27′- Another free kick to Eat Bengal as the goalkeeper handles the ball outside the permissable area. Nothing from the free kick though, as Abranches shoots it straight at Gurpreet.

33′- Sanju Pradhan crosses the ball, but straight into Harshad’s safe gloves.

35′- Robin hits the crossbar. great ball floated in by Soumik, which is timely met by Robin, but his header fails to beat the woodwork.

36′- Corner for East bengal. Number 15, Sanju floats in the ball, which is cleared away by the defence.

37′- Robin Singh tries his luck as he shoots from 25 yards, but the ball fizzes straight into Harshad’s arms.

40′- Air India atack with Bijoy Basfore, but his cross lands straight into Gurpreet’s gloves.

42′- back to back corners for East Bengal. The ball rolls out fot Ozbey who fires in a meaty shot, but way over the bar. East Bengal have certainly ruled the proceedings here at YBK today.

45′- Bijoy tries to thread a through ball for Manandeep, but the ball intercepted by Okpara. 3 Mins added by the fourth official.

Sub ( East Bengal ) Robin Singh OUT Baljit Sahni IN

Half Time here at Yuba Bharati Krirangan and East bengal deservedly lead at the break by a penn Orji goal. The pilots have put in an insipid performance in the first half and Santosh Kashyap would be hoping to change a lot of things as his side walks into the tunnel. Trevor Morgan would be a very happy man, seeing his side bounce back in style, and enjoying a lion’s share of possession. Stay tuned for all the turns and twists as the second half rolls on in Kolkata. 

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          Sub ( Air India ) Soccer OUT, Henry IN

46′- Second Half kicks off here !

47′- Good positive start here by the pilots as manandeep gets past 2 EB defenders. Okpara to the rescue.

49′- Free kick to AI as Sushanth Mathew trips Manandeep. AI have started the second half well here.

52′- GOALLLLLL ! It was just a matter of time when Air India restored parity in this match. Ezeh Henry scores and he makes it 1-1 here. Basfore’s accurate cross is headed in by the talismanic nigerian.

55′- the match has really opened up here at the YBK , as tamba makes a crucial interception to stop Baljit from pulling the trigger inside AI’s box.

57′- Henry shoots the ball way over the bar, as he was found unmarked by a cross.

58′- What a chance to restore the lead for Sanju, as a beautiful through ball by penn found him against an out of position Harshad, but the ball deflects out for a corner kick.

60′- Corner cleared , but back to back saves by Harshad, following the corner. It is really end to end stuff here now in Kolkata. Both sides looking to gain advantage.

64′- East Bengal attacking with a lot more purpose now. Tolgey’s poor cross goes out for another goal kick. another chance wasted by the Aussie.

Sub ( East bengal )  Saikat OUT  Omi OUT Paite IN Gow IN

65′- Corner to AI, as they brew a counter attack.

66′- Another lovely through ball towards Baljit, but he is once again caught offside.

67′- Good run by penn, but Tamba Intercepts. 23 mins to go here. It’s East bengal 1-1 Air India.

70′ – The Pilots have suddenly up the ante here, as Gurpreet is called in to make a string of saves.

73′- Free kick to East Bengal as Orji is fouled just outside the area.

74′- GOALLLLLLLL ! Penn Orji is the name. The nigerian completes his brace by thumping in a powerful drive. It’s East Bengal 2-1 Air India now with 15 minutes to go.

75′Sanju Pradhan Booked!

76′-  what a tackle by Tamba to deny Tolgey. whose shot was sure shot going in. It would have been game, set and match for the hosts, but tamba had different ideas. He keeps the pilots in the hunt here. What a match!!

79′- Corner for EB, as Sanju floats in another dangerous ball. This time the defenders clear it well.

Sub ( Air India ) Royston OUT Sandeep IN

81′-  Air India now step on the gas, as they attack from the left flank, but gurpreet comes out well to collect the ball.

83′- Another Air India attack courtesy Ezeh, but Uga clears the danger well. Nervy lest few moments here for the former champions.

88′- East Bengal trying to consume time as Air India get more anxious, which is leading to a lot of free kicks for the home side. It can still go eitherway.

89′- Throw in for the pilots. A long throw in, and Henry meets the ball well, but his header goes over the top of the crossbar.

90′- 3 mins added ! it’s East Bengal 2-1 Air India

Sub ( East bengal ) Sanju OUT Vashum IN

Full Time – Trevor Morgan’s side make a fighting come back into the title race after a disheartening and much talked about loss to Salgaocar in the last round. This win now puts a lot more pressure on the likes of Mohun Bagan, Churchill and Dempo to perform in this round. Former JCT man, Penn Orji is TheHardTackle’s Man of the Match, as it was his brace which helped the Lal-Holud birgade clinch all three crucial points. Signing off from YBK, final Score says East Bengal 2-1 Air India.

Dempo SC

V

Prayag United

Fatorda Stadium, Goa

Kickoff: 15:45 IST, 3rd January, 2012

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Table toppers Dempo SC lock horns  against a rattled Prayag United side here at PJN stadia in Fatorda. With East Bengal winning yesterday, Dempo would certainly be under pressure to perfrom in front of the home crowd to maintain the gap. Here are the starting line up’s for both the teams.

Dempo SC: Subhashish(GK), Joy, Ranti, Climax, Clifford, Peter, Anthony, Mahesh, Valeriano, Creson, Roy.

Prayag United: Abhijit(GK), Deepak, Bello, Arnab, Sukhen, Sankar, Denson, Lalkamal, Gouranga, Yakubu, Josimar. 

1′- Match kicks off here in Goa. Healhty number of people in the stands.

2′- Early corner for Dempo. Nothing off it. Goal kick to be taken by Abhijit.

5′- GOALLLLLLLL !!!! the crowd here at PJN stadia is stunned as misunderstanding between Creson and Subhashish led to a shrewdly taken goal by brazillian Josimar. It’s early lead for the boys from kolkata as scoreline states Dempo 0-1 Prayag United. Match ON !

7′- Game has been halted as Subhashish came off worse when he and Creson collided. Meds on the field.

Sub ( Dempo SC ) Subhashish OUT Kattimani IN

10′- ten minutes gone here and Dempo look a bit rattled by the early goal and loss of their first choice custodian, as it is showing in their game. A lot of missed passes and un settled possession for the home team as Prayag look to pounce on every move.

15′- Dempo peppering the Prayag box with bad crosses, this time anthony’s cross  goes way over the bar. Dempo giving away cheap possession and not looking good at the moment. Armando Colaco is going mad on the sidelines.

17′- What a miss by Ranti. The nigerian tried to get past too many defenders and finally his shot was blocked away by Abhijit.  he should have taken the shot much earlier. First fruitful attack by the home team here.

19′- Nice run by India International Clifford on the left flank. Corner for Dempo.

22′- Dempo now getting into their groove. Great work by Joy, as he whips a cross from the right flank. Clifford heads the cross just over the bar.

30′- Dempo being booed by the home crowd here as another attack fails to deliver anything.

33′- Again the possession is given away by Climax in the middle. Prayag are happy to defend. Lalkamal threads a ball for Yakubu but creson intercepts well. It’s still Dempo 0 – 1 Prayag Utd. here in Goa.

37′- Crowd cheers as Dempo are awarded a corner. Climax runs over to take it. The kick is punched out by Abhijit to safety.

45′- 3 mins added by the fourth ref. as Ranti misplaces his pass to Clifford. Abhijit Mondal comes out and collects the ball calmly.

Half Time here at PJN stadium in Goa as table toppers Dempo are shocked and stunned by an early Joshimar goal . The local boys are in for a hard time during the lemon break as Armando Colaco would be ready with his version of hair dryer. Dempo cannot afford to lose ground as other tilte contenders are staying hot on their heels. Can Dempo stay up with the current, or will Sonjoy Sen’s side sink the Goan machine. Stay tuned for the LIVE second half updates here. Till then it’s Dempo SC 0-1 Prayag United SC.

46′ – Second half kicks off. Koko Sakibu has replaced Joy Ferrao.

48′ – The home fans are getting restless..

50′ – Peter Carvalho is having a terrible game, even the home fans are jeering him at times.

52′ – Vincent replaces Joshimar for Prayag.

55′ – Poor shot from Debabrata, doesn’t trouble the Prayag ‘keeper.

59′ – Koko gets a yellow card for simulation.

61′ – Penalty for Dempo ! Deepak brings down Ranty.

62′ – GOOOAAAALLLL !!! Ranty Martins makes no mistakes from the spot. Dempo 1-1 Prayag.

65′ – It’s all Dempo now. The home team is pressing hard for a second goal.

66′ – Corner kick for Prayag United, Kattimani punches out the ball in time.

70′ – Anthony Perreira loops in a cross towards an unmarked Ranty Martins, who surprisingly heads wide.

75′ – Peter’s header just misses the target. Anthony Perreira’s corner kick was well taken and Peter should have done better.

78′ – GOOOAAAAALLLL !!! Prayag United score a second !! Gouranga puts the away team ahead with a looping header. Dempo is once again shocked.

80′ – Selwyn Fernandez replaces Mahesh Gawli.

83′ – Dempo 1-2 Praya United.

84′ – Dempo defence was at sixes and sevens as Vincent was one on one with Kattimani. The ex-PFC ‘keeper makes a brilliant save to keep Dempo in the game.

87′ – Climax’s shot misses the goal by whiskers !!

90′ – Four minutes added. Can Dempo find a goal ?

90+1′ – Oraon replaced by Snehashis Dutta.

90+3′ –Another sub for Prayag, Chinta replaces Yakubu.

FT : Dempo 1-2 Prayag United :: The four time champions have been shocked at home by a Prayag United team which had not won in last 4 matches. Churchill Brothers can leap frog Dempo to the pole position if they win tomorrow.

Pune FC

V

Mohun Bagan

Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune

Kickoff: 18:30 IST, 3rd January, 2012

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Team News:

Pune FC: Abhra Mondal (GK) , Caitano Costa , Chika Wali , S Venkatesh , Baldeep SIngh , M Keita (C) , Douhou Pierre , Karma Tsewang , Anas Edathodika , Lester Fernandez , S Ramu

Mohun Bagan AC: Sangram Mukherjee (GK) , K Debnath , Anwar , Odafa Okolie , Ashim Biswas , Syed Rahim Nabi (C) , Rakesh Masih , N.P.Pradeep , Jewel Raja , Hudon Lima , G Datta

TheHardTackle’s live commentary session will begin at 6:15. Stay tuned for the team news and other match related updates.

Welcome to Balewadi Sports Complex for an exciting match up as the evening Sun sets here in Pune. Interesting team selection by PFC coack Derrick Pereira as he keeps India Internationals Jeje and Gurjinder on bench !

0′ : Kick Off . Mohun Bagan in all whites from left to right against the all Reds of the home side. Not much crowd in yet but the stands do fill up as the night progresses

2′ : Costa penalized for bringing down Odafa . Decent position this just outside the D area. and its Hudson Lima on the free kick and THAT WAS CLOSE !  it hit the post as Abhra Mondal dives to stop the curling kick

5′ : Lively opening for MMB as the drums begin to roll inside the stadium. Corner for Bagan ! Jewel Raja connects but flicks it over.

7′ : Neat play again by Mohun Bagan as Odafa and Biswas do a one-two pass on for Lima. Dangerous build up play this as the away team has the upper hand big time here in Balewadi.

10′ : Good cross from Mandjou Keita for the overlapping Venkatesh but its just wide. Should have been a corner as it brushed pass a Bagan defender but Ref things otherwise !

14′ : So a push in the back by Venkatesh on Biswas just outside the box and a dangerous free kick awarded as Hudson Lima favors himself from such a position

16′ : Good build play from Pune as the home team settles down into a rhythm. The Red Lizards are great when they have momentum with them as Douhou Pierre controls the midfield.

20′ : Pune FC  0  –  0  Mohun Bagan : Both teams looking strong as they move onto an attacking mode. This game will for sure go on till the very last minute.

21′ : GOOOAAAALL ! And its hit-man Odafa Okolie on the score-sheet. What a quality low shot on the right side of the keeper . Took Abhra Mondal by surprise. Was he unsighted though ? But the goal came our of nothing really . Regulation pass from the midfield to Odafa and he strikes !!

Pune FC  0  –  1  Mohun Bagan

24′ : And a good chance for G Datta as the Pune defense does not clear the ball well enough as it lands into Datta’s feet inside the box. But that was a weak shot not even on target.

27′ : Oh and that was Keita inside the D with a touch in pass from Venkatesh. And it Ref calls for a foul. Was that a foul or off side ? That was a good move and a half chance for Pune who are behind here at home but are well known to make a come back , many a times late into the macth !

30′ : It is critical that Lester Fernandes teams up well with Douhou and Keita for Pune to make moves upfront. This time Keita passes on one to Douhou who runs into the D but is well blocked by Anwar.

32′ : With no Jeje , Keita is looking a bit lonely and isolated against the Bagan defense. Long ball from Karma and Keita tried to fend of defenders.

34′ : And just as we mentioned , Derrick Perrira brings in Jeje for Venkatesh. Good tactical move this !

35′ : GOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL !!!! Guess who ?? Its JEJE !!! Douhou to Lester on the left and a beautiful cross from the playmaker as Jeje times and placed his jump with pin point accuracy.

Pune FC  1  –  1  Mohun Bagan

40′ : The noise gets louder as Pune have not only drawn level here but are looking ever more dangerous as its Baldeep and Karma this time with an attempt on goal from some 30 yards

43′ : Couple of minutes left for HT as both sides are playing a strong physical game to maintain dominance as Rakesh and Chika from both sides go down

45′ : Neatly played out of defense from Mohun Bagan as Baldeep steals the ball away from Hudon Lima in the midfield

45′ + 2 : Oh and that was close , TWICE. Letser Fernandes from 30 yards lashes one ontarget as Sangram just punches it straight way into Keita who attempts another shot but it goes waste. Pune have finished real strong here

HALF TIME : PUNE FC  1  –  1  Mohun Bagan

An interesting second half begins as both sides look to gain three points from this crucial encounter before the International break.

47′ : Oh what a bad challenge from Pradeep on Lester. Just outside the box on the left. Douhou takes this one and its a replica of the first half kick by Lima . Sangram pushes it out for a corner.

50′ : Good neat football from Pune in defense as well as in midfield. When defenders pass the ball across the D area that indicates confidence and the Red Lizards seem to have most of it now as Baldeep Singh covers back to help the back four

52′ : Yellow Card to G Datta for an elbow on Caitano Costa as both jump for the ball. Datta revolting the decision though as teammates usher him away.

56′ : GOOOAAAAL GOOOAAALLLLL !!! Pune take the lead.Kieta lashes onto a through ball from Douhou and chips it across for Lester Fernandes who heads it down to score his second of the season . Beautiful goal this pretty similar to Pune’s first one in the first half.

Pune FC  2  –  1  Mohun Bagan

59′ : Prasanta Banerjee makes a change. IN – Souvik Chakrobarty ,  OUT – G Datta

62′ : Oh and what a shot from the left wing for Mohun Bagan as it rattled the post. Another change for Bagan IN – Dhanarajan , OUT – Pradeep

65′ : Wonderfull action packed game this at Balewadi. First up , Odafa attempts a free kick from the edge of the box but is blocked not once but twice. And then Pune break on the counter with Jeje running across the pitch passes on to the rushing Douhou who gives it to Karma Tsewang inside the box and he just shoots it wide.

67′ : Its Keita now as he goes pass two Bagan defenders , just one bad touch takes the ball away from him as he connects through his toe but the ball goes wide. Terrific stuff this from Pune.

70′ : Can Bagan strike back here. Genuine title contenders should steal points away from home ! But Pune FC are in no mood to lose points ,  as they themselves would like to be in the race for the championships this year !!

73′ : Sleek passing from the Red Lizards as we enter into a crucial period. Momentum shift here could mean disaster for the home team. Need to stay calm and composed. The question is , can Mohun Bagan force things here ?

75′ : Karma lashes onto a poor clearance from Bagan defense but Karma just seems to have lost in creativity in the final third . He has had a good game though , Karma Tsewang.

78′ : Yet another chance for Pune. Keita and Jeje this time around could not force a result on a pass from Lester in the box. Mohun Bagan are looking tired here.

80′ : PFC Substitution . IN –  Tabia , OUT – Karma

82′ : Pune are playing well on the wings , especially on the right wing which looks wide open. Douhou meanwhile has been blocked by Anwar in the D area and that looks like a penalty . Refs not interested though.

83′ : Rakesh Masssssssih and that was close. Good attempt but not on target. Can Bagan pull one here against the run of play. Pune have missed numerous opportunities to score the third goal.

85′ : MMB Substitution , IN Snehaashish Chakrobarty , OUT – Rakesh Masih PFC Substitution IN Gurjinder , OUT – Lester

87′ : Odafa to Nabi on the left who passes it onto Lima but its well defended by defensive combo of Ramu and Tabia

89′ : Pune are almost there as the ball is still in Mohun Bagan’s half. Can Bagan score a late late equalizer here on the counter as 4 minutes have been added on !

90’+2 : Last move from Mohun Bagan as they move the ball forward. Odafa goes  down as Anas is shown a yellow card and tempers fray a bit here. Its now out for a corner.

94′ : And there is the FINAL WHISTLE and Pune FC have come from behind to grab all THREE POINTS at home against the giants from Kolkata !

FULL TIME : Pune FC  2  –  1  Mohun Bagan

What a terrific comeback win for Pune as they move just five points away from leaders Dempo who were shocked earlier in the day with a similar scoreline. Its been the Round of two ones as the scorelines read. The I-League has been thrown wide open. That’s the beauty of league football as momentum and consistency is all that matters !

TheHardTackle’s live commentary session will begin at 3pm. Stay tuned for the team news and other match related updates.

Mumbai FC

V

Chirag Utd Kerala

Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune

Kickoff: 15:30 IST, 4th January, 2012

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Here’s the kick-off at Pune.

Mumbai FC: Nidhinlal, Dhanachandra, Nichiolas, Abhishek, Friday, Lobo, Sukore, Kima, Fakruddin, Faizal, Dane.

Chirag United Kerala: Sarath K, Asif K, Chandandeep, Charles, Issaq, P.Mohonraj, D. Sunday, Vineeth, vignesh, Osman, Sajesh P, Serin Sam.

1′- Match kicks off.


10′:- Mumbai FC 0-1 Chirag Kerala. The away team takes a surprise lead here. [Asif K]

30′- The scoreline remains the same.

40′- Mumbai FC 0-1 Chirag Kerala.

Half Time here at Balewadi Sports Complex. It’s Mumbai FC who are chasing the game. Chirag Kerala lead by a lone Asif goal.

48′- Mumbai FC 0-2 Chirag Kerala [ Sunday doubles Chirag’s lead in 48′ min ]

75′- Mumbai FC 0-2 Chirag Kerala

Full Time: Mumbai FC 0-2 Chirag United Kerala

 

Pailan Arrows

V

Churchill Bros.

YBK , Kolkata

Kickoff: 15:00 IST, 4th January, 2012 (Postponed)

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Match has been postponed. To be played on a later date. Date has not been announced yet.

HAL Bengaluru

V

Sporting Club de Goa

Bangalore

Kickoff: 15:00 IST, 4th January, 2012

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Here’s the kick-off at Bangalore. Can HAL at-least open their account here?

Team News

HAL SC: P. Promod, Chandandeep, Kenneth, Biju, Rohit, Vinod, James, Goutam, Metei, R.C.Prakash, Hamza.

SCG Goa: Gerard, Sanmananda, Adil, Keita, Kalu, Moga, Jovel, Anthony, Borges, Boboi, Dawsan.

 

15′: – HAL SC 0-0 Sporting Goa

30′:- HAL SC 0-1 Sporting Goa. The away team takes the lead. Anthony D’Sousa is the scorer.

40′:- HAL SC 1-1 Sporting Goa. HAL restore parity through RC Prakash.

Half Time here at Bangalore. The scoreline remains the same. It’s HAL SC 1 – 1 Sporting Club de Goa.

55′- HAL SC 2-2 Sporting Goa [ Gautam Debnath for HAL and Anthony D’Sousa scores a brace ]

62′- HAL SC 2-2 Sporting Goa

85′- HAL SC 2-2 Sporting Goa

Full Time : HAL SC 2-2 Sporting Club Goa.


Salgaocar SC

V

Shillong Lajong FC

JN Stadium, Fatorda

Kickoff: 15:30 IST, 4th January, 2012

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Match kicks-off at Fatorda, Margao.

Salgaocar SC : karanjit singh, khelemba singh, dinesh singh, tomba singh, ryuji sueoka, ishfaq ahmed, nicolas colaco, luciano sobrosa, rocus lamare, elijah junior, francis fernandes.

          10′: Salgaocar SC 0-0 Shillong Lajong FC

21′: Salgaocar SC 1 -0 Shillong Lajong FC  [R.Sueoka 15′]

44′- Salgaocar SC 1-1 Shillong Lajong FC  [Christopher Chizoba 42′]

HT’: Salgaocar SC 1-1 Shillong Lajong FC

62′- Salgaocar SC 2-1 Shillong Lajong FC [ Ishfaq Ahmed 54′ ]

75′- Salgaocar SC 2-1 Shillong Lajong FC

82′- Salgaocar SC 2-1 Shillong Lajong FC 

Full Time:- Salgaocar SC 2-1 Shillong Lajong FC

 

  • brahma

    Who will win?

  • Abhik

    East Bengal, who else? 😀

    • Goutam Sur

      Your dream can not be true this year my dear Lota.

      • majumdar.koustav

        lota hatao desh bachao…

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