Mohun Bagan
Mohun Bagan

A scintillating display of offensive football by a rampaging Mohun Bagan enabled them to thump a 10-man Hong Kong’s South China 4-0 and go top of their AFC Cup group here on Wednesday.

Lenny Rodrigues (15th minute), Sony Norde (39th), Cornell Glen (45th) and Jeje Lalpekhlua (82nd) scored for the visitors at the Mong Kok Stadium in a supremely authoritative show. It was the reigning I-League champions’ second win in as many Group G matches in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) second tier tournament.

They handed a similar thrashing to Maziya Sports and Recreation Club of the Maldives 5-2 in their group opener. It was South China’s second consecutive defeat that pegs them at the bottom of the four-team group.

Mohun Bagan were on the money from the first whistle as Trinidadian striker Glen sent his effort wide off the far post in the very first minute.

They needed 15 minutes to surge ahead. Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa’s swerving free-kick from just outside the penalty area hurried goalkeeper Hing Kit into a partial save, the rebound was headed into the net by an anticipating Rodrigues.

South China were left chasing the game and their problem magnified when Che Runqui was given his marching orders a minute later for a foul on Pronay Halder. It was his second yellow card in two minutes after an initial booking.

Mohun Bagan rammed home their numerical superiority by committing more men forward and were rewarded when Norde scored through a superb solo effort.

The Haitian forward intercepted a ball near the centreline and grassed his marker, turned left marched to the box and sent the ball right into the far corner.

Mohun Bagan secured the contest just before the half-time whistle when Glen neatly combined with Norde inside the box and scored from close range.

The break served little purpose for the home team as they continued to chase shadows and could have been further embarrassed South China had Norde and Katsumi converted the absolute chances that they squandered.

Jeje ornamented the scoreline with an unmarked header from the six-yard box, utilising an inviting delivery from Katsumi.

    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    Mali Overpower Iraq To Enter U-17 World Cup Quarters

    Fatorda (Goa), Oct 18 (IANS) Lassana N'Diaye struck twice as Mali thrashed Iraq 5-1 to enter the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup here...

    Bengaluru Bulls Thrash UP Yoddha In PKL Tie

    Pune, Oct 17 (IANS) Rohit Kumar created history as he scored 32 raid points to help Bengaluru Bulls hammer UP Yoddha 64-24 in their penultimate...

    U-17 World Cup: England Pip Japan, Advance To Quarters

    Kolkata, Oct 17 (IANS) England Under-17 boys did what their senior team footballers could not for many years by keeping their nerves during tie-breakers to...

    Preview: Bengaluru FC Look To Sweep Aside First-Leg Loss In AFC Cup

    Bengaluru, Oct 17 (IANS) Bengaluru FC will face off against Tajikistans FC Istiklol as both sides battle for a place in the 2017 AFC Cup...

    Italy To Face Sweden In European World Cup Play-Offs

    Zurich, Oct 17 (IANS) Four-time FIFA World Cup winners Italy will face Sweden in the European 2018 World Cup playoffs, as revealed by the highly-anticipated...