Mohun Bagan goes top of the I-League table with 2-0 win over Real Kashmir


Real Kashmir FC: Phurra Tempa Lachenpa (GK), Farhan Ganie, Mason Robertson, Aaron Katebe, Loveday Okechukwu, Kallum Higginbotham, Danish Farooq, Subhash Singh, Bazie Armand, Arashpreet Singh, Novin Gurung.
Mohun Bagan: Sankar Roy (GK), Franciso Martinez, Ashutosh Mehta, Diawara, Joseba Beitia, Nongdamba Naorem, Suhair, Leihaorungbam Singh, Sk. Sahil, Daneil Cyrus, Fran Gonzalez.

Joseba Beitia and Nongdamba Naorem scored in the second half to give Mohun Bagan a 2-0 win against Real Kashmir in Srinagar.

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Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan registered a convincing 2-0 win over Real Kashmir FC(REFC) in an away game to climb to the top of the Hero I-League table on Sunday. The game started at the rescheduled time of 11.30 am at the TRC Ground in Srinagar because of the biting cold, but the harsh weather conditions failed to stop the visitors from recording the victory. After a goalless first half, Joseba Beitia in 71st minute and Nongdamba Naorem in 73rd minute scored for the Kolkata giants in a span of two minutes, shattering the hopes of the home fans.

Mohun Bagan’s Spanish coach Kibu Vicuna started the game with newly-signed Senegalese striker Baba Diawara. Dhanachandra Singh replaced a suspended Gurjinder Kumar. Papa Diawara made his debut in green and maroon colours on Sunday.

Real Kashmir coach David Robertson did not wish to tinker with the winning combination that helped them clinch the three points against Chennai City FC in their previous match. 

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Both sides had the chance to score but the first half remained goalless.

In the second half, while Mohun Bagan continued to dominate possession, the home side had better scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes.

Bazie had a shot on the turn from deep inside the Bagan box in the 49th minute but the effort sailed over the crossbar. Then Sankar Roy made the save of the game in the 65th minute to deny Mason Robertson, who attempted a header from close quarters.

Kashmir were yet to settle down after conceding when Nongdamba Naorem found the net with a first touch finish after Britto PM laid him off. 

The hosts were desperate to reduce the deficit and Krizo came close to nick one back in the 86th minute but was denied by the woodwork. 

The top five teams of I-League as per points after MuhunBagan vs Real Kashmir match.

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