Mohun Bagan 4-0 Salgaocar FC: Mariners advance to semis in style

Sanjoy Sen’s side crushed their Goan counterparts as they booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Federation Cup.

Mohun Bagan cruised to a 4-0 win over Salgaocar FC in the second leg of the Federation Cup quarter-finals at the Barasat Stadium, on Thursday evening. Katsumi Yusa (25′) broke the deadlock before Sony Norde’s brace (45’+1′, 52′) and Jeje Lalpekhlua’s strike (90’+4′) saw theMariners advance to the semi-finals of the competition with a 7-2 aggregate score-line.

Mario Soares made two alterations to the team that played the first leg. Nicolau Colaco and Leny Pereira found themselves in the starting eleven. Keenan Almeida was out injured while Augustin Fernandes was relegated to the bench.

Sanjoy Sen made three changes to his team from Monday. Pronay Halder, Kean Lewis and Subash Singh missed out while Sony Norde, Azharuddin Mallick and Bikramjit Singh were ushered in.

The hosts threatened to get off to a flying start as they nearly took the lead twice in the third minute. First, Jeje Lalpekhlua’s right-footed strike was blocked on the line before Sony Norde’s effort from the ensuing corner-kick was cleared by Eder Monteiro just before the Indian international could latch on to it.

Jeje nearly put Bagan into the lead in spectacular fashion in the 22nd minute. The forward executed a bicycle-kick from Pritam Kotal’s cross but Eder was on hand again and got a thigh to the effort to deny the FPAI Best Indian Player of the Year.

Nevertheless, the hosts did break the deadlock three minutes later. Lenny Rodrigues played in Norde on the left flank who immediately darted towards goal before squaring the ball for an unmarked Katsumi Yusa to slide home.

Salgaocar finally fashioned a clear-cut chance for themselves in the 32nd minute. Martin Scott latched onto Kinshuk Debnath’s poor clearance and whipped in a dangerous cross only for Calvin Mbarga to divert his effort over the bar with just the keeper to beat.

On the stroke of half-time however, Norde scored Bagan’s second goal of the game to make it 5-2 in their favour on aggregate. Katsumi’s pass sent the Haitian clean through on goal and he dispatched his finish past an onrushing Karanjit Singh to put the hosts firmly in the driving seat.

The half-time whistle was blown with Bagan leading 2-0, leaving Salgaocar wth a mountain to climb.

Seven minutes into the second period, the home team extended their lead with a third goal. Norde beat Nicolau before his angled shot found the right corner despite Karanjit getting a hand to it.

In the 65th minute, Scott’s lobbed ball into the area saw Darryl Duffy head it onto the crossbar. Jackichand then also hit the woodwork with a strike from just outside the box.

Seityasen Singh’s shot from range five minutes later then went just wide as the away team struggled to claw their way back into the game.

In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Jeje brought the curtain down on the tie with a fine individual goal. The striker went on a solo run before beating Karanjit with ease as the game ended 4-0 in the home team’s favour and 7-2 on aggregate.

The result means that Mohun Bagan will take on Shillong Lajong FC in the semi-finals of the competition.

– Goal

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