The much anticipated Kolkata derby is over and it will be a day to forget for Mohun Bagan fans as the Mariners were hammered 4-0 by bitter rivals East Bengal at the Salt Lake Stadium. After six long years, Yuva Bharati Krirangan has a grass turf back which was a requirement for the Under 17 World Cup which will be held at the stadium. The first match at the new pitch was a special occasion as two giants of Kolkata football faced each other at Calcutta Football League.
East Bengal was on the verge of winning the Calcutta Football League and this win makes them clinch the Calcutta Football League for the 37th time. I-League champions Mohun Bagan never stood a chance and it was a sublime performance by East Bengal who successfully retained the League for the sixth time consecutively.
South Korean wizard Do Dong Hyun kept up his superb form and scored the two opening goals from a direct free kick.
The two other goals were scored by Rafique and Rahul Bheke.
Bookings rained down at the high voltage match as the green and maroon brigade saw two of their key player get sent off. Former East Bengal striker Dudu’s red card was a controversial one and it killed the game. Lalkamal’s red card meants nothing as the side was already trailing 4-0 and it was just frustration from the experienced midfielder.
Mohun Bagan performed poorly in defense which will be a concern for the manager Sanjay Sen who did wonders with the Mariners last season. He may face some criticism for not fielding playmaker Katsumi Yusa from the start of the game.
Ranjit Bakshi, the referee of the match failed to control the match and gave many controversial decision and might face some criticism.
The line-ups of the match were:
Mohun Bagan- Shilton; Suman, Sanjoy, Judelin, Sukhen; Tirthankar, Lalkamal, Asif, Kean; Azharuddin, Dudu.
East Bengal- Barreto, Rahul, Bello, Gurwinder, Robert, Bikash, Mehtab, Khabra, Abinash, Dong, Rafique