McDOWELL MOHUN BAGAN
11th February, 2012 – 2:00 PM IST
Mohun Bagan: Sangram, Kingshuk, Anwar, Surkumar, Mohanraj, Rakesh Masih, Zeleny, Jewel Raja, Snehashis, Odafa, Asim
Mumbai FC: Sanjiban G, Kingsley P, Dhanchandra, Darren, Friday, Kevin Lobo, Malaswmkima, Harul F , Kigan P, Lalam Puiya, Abhishek Yadav
5′: No goals in first five minutes. Mohun Bagan have started well.
5′: Zeleny stops a Mumbai FC counter-attack.
6′: Another counter from MFC, Anwar blocks it.
8′: Ooh, good chance for Friday ! He miscues his shot.
9′: Surkumar looks hurt. Bagan can ill-afford another injury.
11′: Good block from Mohanraj to deny Lobo a crossing opportunity.
14′: Lobo’s cross falls for Amiri who shoots over. Lobo has been causing some problems to Bagan backline.
18′: Mohanraj is replaced by youngster Deepak Kumar who was registered just yesterday. A trial by fire for the 18 year old full-back.
22′: GOOOAAAALLLL !!! Friday puts the away team ahead !!
25′: Odafa tries to score on his own after a mazy run but his final shot is blocked.
30′: Half hour gone, none of the teams have really played well so far but MFC has the lead.
30′: Poor defending from Mohun Bagan once again as Sangram denies Friday.
31′: Deepak Kumar is looking shaky, understandably. Subrata Bhattacharya will be hoping that he is able to handle the pressure of his debut.
33′: Anwar blocks Harul to save Mohun Bagan defence.
35′: First good chance for the home team as Odafa’s header is kept out by Sanjiban.
36′: Two MFC players are sprawled on the turf.
38′: Mumbai FC still leading by a solitary goal.
40′: Sanjiban fails to collect the ball properly but his mistake goes unpunished as no Bagan player was nearby.
41′: Chance for ex-Bagan player Lalam Puia, he shoots wide.
43′: Zeleny’s pass could have created danger for MFC but Ahim fails to trap it.
45′: Mohun Bagan 0-1 Mumbai FC :: An extremely poor half of football where the goal was only notable event.
46′: Superb save from Sanfram to deny Lobo’s effort.
48′: Zeleny goes off as Pradeep comes in.
51′: Surkumar heads wide.
54′: Ashim Biswas misses a clear cut opportunity to equalize.
56′: Snehashis Chakravarty’s shot comes off the post. Much better performance from Bagan ins second half.
58′: Malasawmkima gets booked for a rough challenge on Odafa.
60′: Mumbai FC hanging on to a 1-0 lead at the hour mark.
62′: Lalam Puia goes off fro Shahnawaz.
64′: Manish Bhargav replaces Ashim Biswas. Maybe this will improve Mohun Bagan’s terrible wing-play.
65′: Poor shot from Abhishek Yadav, doesn’t trouble Sangram.
67′: Sharp turn from Odafa to evade his marker but his final shot was blocked by MFC defence.
70′: Twenty minutes separate Mumbai FC from their first away victory of 2012.
72′: Penalty to Mohun Bagan !! Jewel Raja is brought down in MFC box.
74′: GOOOAAALLLL !!!! Odafa levels the score from the spot.
75′: That was Odafa’s 18th goal of current season, his fifth from the spot.
76′: Anwar completely loses focus and allows Friday to run past him. Friday misses a good chance to restore MFC’s lead…
77′: Rodriguez replaces Shahnawaz.
79′: GOOOAAAALLLL !!!! It is Odafa once again !!! What a lethal striker he is !! He turns in Kingshuk’s free-kick to put Bagan up 2-1 !!
82′: Free-kick to Mumbai FC. Mohun Bagan defence needs to keep focus here.
85′: Five minutes to final whistle, will Mohun Bagan be able to grab all thee points?
86′: Brilliant interplay between Jewel and Odafa to set up Manish Bhargav, the youngster failed to make it 3-1. Golden chance missed.
90′: Four minutes of injury time added.
FT: Mohun Bagan 2-1 Mumbai FC :: No scratch that, Odafa Okalie 2-1 Mumbai FC. Some players are worth their humongous transfer amount, Odafa definitely falls into that category. A spectacular spell from the Nigerian in second half ensures that Bagan get all three points despite a mostly poor performance. East Bengal lost to Lajong FC in another match so Mohun Bagan leapfrog them into second place.