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I-League: Mohun Bagan get back to winning ways with 2-0 win over Minerva

IANS  |  Kolkata 

City football heavyweights Mohun Bagan returned to winning ways under new as they brushed aside defending champions FC 2-0 in an encounter at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Wednesday.

scored the opening goal from the spot (30th) with Aser Dipanda (69th) doubling the tally in the second period.

Mohun Bagan now have 18 points from 12 matches and are placed sixth while Minerva are behind them having 13 points in their kitty from 12 outings.

Norde once again stole the limelight for Bagan as he was the livewire for the Mariners in the attacking third.

Khalid Jamil, who took over from Sankarlal Chakraborty, made as many as five changes to the side from their defeat against Real

Dalraj Singh and Gurjinder Kumar made their way back into a four-man backline. Former started in place of Sourav Das in midfield.

Khiangte was dropped from the matchday squad and Azharuddin Mallick started on the left flank. Ugandan striker also found himself relegated to the bench as Jamil preferred Aser Dipanda up front.

also ringed in changes after their 2-0 loss to Churchill Brothers.

Prabhjot Singh, Akshdeep Singh, Thoiba Singh and Yu Kuboki made their way into the starting line-up.

Norde started on the right but soon reverted to his usual position on the left flank as the hosts bossed the first half.

At the half hour mark, Lancine Toure brought down Dipanda inside the box and referee pointed to the spot straightaway.

stepped up and calmly slotted into the net, sending visiting in the wrong direction.

After the change of ends, the story was the same as Mohun Bagan continued to dominate the proceedings.

A sublime through ball from Norde set up Dipanda for Bagan's second goal in the 69th minute.

The Cameroonian striker latched on to the ball and got the better of the keeper from a one-on-one situation to score his fifth goal of the campaign.

Minerva threw in the towel towards the end but Mohun Bagan held firm at the back to seal all three points.

The hosts will continue to enjoy home advantage when they take on Neroca FC on January 12 while Minerva will lock horns with Gokulam Kerala in Chandigarh on January 19.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 18:22 IST