|Hello and welcome to the LIVE blog of Mohun Bagan vs NEROCA in the I-League. Follow all updates as the action unfurls at the Kalyani Stadium in West Bengal.|
9′ CHANCE for Mohun Bagan! Dhanachandra Singh swings in an inviting cross for V. P. Suhair at the front post, he doesn’t get his head over the ball and his effort is wide. Chances coming thick and fast for the home side.
6′ SAVED! Marvin Phillip denies Komron Tursunov, who hits a sweet volley, trying to beat the NEROCA FC goalkeeper at his near-post. Phillip tips it over the crossbar and the resulting corner is cleared away. Mohun Bagan is starting to get a foothold in the match.
5′ First attacking foray from Mohun Bagan. Komron Tursunov and Ashutosh Mehta combine on the right flank. Mehta plays a low cross but it’s close to goalkeeper and NEROCA FC goalkeeper Marvin Phillip makes a regulation collection.
2′ An ambitious effort from NEROCA FC’s Subash Singh, who tries to volley it from a tight angle. Blazes it well over. A good spell of possession from the away side, little pressure on the ball from Mohun Bagan in the early moments
Kick-off: Neroca FC gets the match underway, playing from left to right.
The players make their way out to the middle. The customary pre-match handshake is done. The captains pass on the final words in a huddle, and we are good to go.
Team news: Mohun Bagan manager Kibu Vicuna has named an unchanged starting line-up from the win over Punjab FC. A couple of changes for the visiting NEROCA FC: Boubacar Diarra and Yumkhaibam Singh drop out; Zodlingliana and Varun Thokchom handed starts.
Mohun Bagan: Sankar Roy (GK), Francisco Martinez, Ashutosh Mehta, Komron Tursunov, Papa Diawara, Joseba, Nongdamba Naorem, Suhair Vadakkepeedika, Dhanachandra Singh, S.K. Sahil, Francisco Munoz (Substitutes: Gurjinder Kumar, Alexander Jesuraj, Lalramchullova, Debjit Majumder, Shilton D’Silva, P.M. Britto, Subha Ghosh)
NEROCA FC: Marvin Phillip (GK), Taryk Sampson, Moirangthem Dhananjay Singh, Zodingliana, Varun Thokchom, Imran Khan, Ningthoujam Singh, Singham Singh, Moirangthem Govin Singh, Busai Attila, Philip Adjah (Substitutes: Ngangom Singh, Loitongbam Singh, Rojen Wahengbam, Yumkhaibam Singh, Siam Hanghal, Chanso Horam, Boubacar Diarra)
Mohun Bagan could go 11 points clear with a win against 10th-placed Neroca. It’s on a nine-match unbeaten run having last been beaten by Churchill Brothers in December. It takes on a Neroca side that has lost six of its 12 matches so far this season, keeping it second from bottom.
Bagan has a chance to do the double on NEROCA having won at the Khuman Lampak Main Stadium earlier this season.
Former champion Mohun Bagan will be looking to consolidate its lead in the I-League standings when it hosts NEROCA FC at the Kalyani Stadium on Friday. Remaining unbeaten in the last nine matches, Mohun Bagan coach Kibu Vicuna will be hoping his side wraps up the fifth-straight win to go 11 points clear of currently second placed Punjab FC.
Mohun Bagan enjoys a good home record winning four of the five matches it has played at Kalyani, it present home. Barring the loss (2-4) against Churchill Brothers in the first outing, Mohun Bagan has won the next four engagements.
Vicuna said that the last win (1-0) against a strong side like Punjab FC should better the confident of his side when it meets NEROCA, which is currently 10th in the table. “The match against Punjab was not easy and we were rewarded for being more consistent. We should look to preserve our game against our next opponent and get a favourable result,” Vicuna said.
On the other hand NEROCA has remained quite inconsistent losing three of its previous five matches. This included losing 0-3 against Mohun Bagan. After three consecutive loses Neroca, coached by Gift Raikhan, made some recovery beating local rival Trau FC 5-0. But it slipped again playing a goalless draw against Indian Arrows at home in the last outing.
“Football is all about fighting and every match is a new challenge. It is true that we lost against Mohun Bagan at our home but we will try our best to reverse the result here,” Raikhan said.
Mohun Bagan vs NEROCA will kick off at 5 PM IST and will be telecast on 1Sports. It can also be streamed live on the Fancode app and website.