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Thursday, 19 January 2012

Sporting Clube stun Mohun Bagan in I-League

Margao: Sporting Clube de Goa took the wind out of Mohun Bagan with a facile 2-1 win in a 15th-round I-League encounter at the Nehru Stadium on Thursday.

Keita Boubacar and Ogba Kalu scored for Sporting Clube while Rakesh Masih scored the lone goal for Mohun Bagan.

Sporting Clube were in command in the first-half but could not translate their superiority into goals.

The first scare for Mohun Bagan came in the fifth minute when Sudan striker James Moga took everyone by surprise with a long ranger that Bagan goalkeeper Sangram Mukherjee somehow managed to parry away.

Sangram again came to his side's rescue minutes later as he narrowed the angle and stopped Anthony D'Souza's fierce volley.

There was no respite for Bagan and Sangram as Sporting Clube continued with their build-ups.

Bagan played second fiddle to Sporting clube during the entire first-half and made no attempts on goal.

In the second session, Sporting Clube dominated again but there was no breakthrough initially.

The hosts finally tasted success in the 64th minute when Keita Boubacar rose high above the Bagan defence to nod Anthony's corner kick into the goal.

Bagan were jolted. It required Rakesh Masih's booming right-footer to bring the visitors back into the match.

As a draw appeared in sight, Sporting Nigerian substitute Ogba Kalu headed home Anthony's corner in the 82nd minute.

It was celebration time for Sporting Clube. Mohun Bagan, who had slayed the mighty Churchill Brothers at the same venue only four days ago, were stunned.


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