Mohun Bagan beat the living daylights out of the new champions Bengaluru FC netting five times on the night to finish their I-league campaign on a high in Siliguri. Goals from Cornell Glen, Lenny Rodrigues, Luciano Sabrosa and Azharuddin Mallick secured an easy win for the home side.
Bengaluru FC travelled to Siliguri to face Mohun Bagan on Saturday, after clinching the title last weekend against Salgaocar. Both teams made a host of changes to their side, with Bagan making 5 and Bengaluru as many as 7 from the teams that took the pitch last weekend.
But it was the champions who seemed lacklustre and shadow of themselves. What looked like a hangover
Yusa Katsumi’s pinpoint freekick was finished by Luciano in the 23rd minute with a header as Bagan made a mockery of the newly crowned champions. There was no love lost between the two sides, who have won the last 3 I-league titles among themselves, and Bagan continued to pile on the misery for Bengaluru. Raju’s cross from the right that was destined for Cornell Glen was missed by the striker and Azharuddin reaped the reward at the far post to head home Bagan’s fourth to put the home side 4-0 ahead even before the 30th minute.
Such was the home side’s dominance that they almost made it 5 before the half but Cornell Glen’s first touch deserted him inside the box as Amrinder darted off his line to keep the score 4-0 going into the break.
The second half was more of the same with Bagan dominating proceedings and
By the time the final whistle was blown, there was a sense of what-could-have-been for Bagan, as they finished second after leading the title race for most of the year.
Sporting Clube de Goa vs Salgaocar
Elsewhere in Goa, Sporting beat Salgaocar 3-0 with goals from Pratesh Shirodkar, Victorino Fernandes, and Sumit Passi. Shirodkar opened the scoring as early as the 6th minute with a 25-yard stunner to give Sporting the lead. Sporting continued their dominance and after some glorious play by Nicholas and Rowlin Borges, Passi tapped in one of the easiest goals to score. Victorino completed the scoring late in the game, with a beautifully curled
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