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Aizawl FC drop points to Mohun Bagan in I-League tie at home

Mohun Bagan rode on a late strike by Manandeep Singh to hold defending champions Aizawl FC 1-1 in an I-League encounter at Aizawl on Thursday.

football Updated: Jan 25, 2018 19:51 IST
Sarthak Bal 
Sarthak Bal 
Hindustan Times, Aizawl
I-League,Mohun Bagan A.C.,Aizawl F.C.‬
Aizawl FC drew 1-1 with Mohun Bagan in an I-League game at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl on Thursday. (AIFF )

Mohun Bagan came away with a point at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl for the first time on Thursday. The game that was dominated by Aizawl FC from start to finish ended 1-1 and saw an unhappy ending as the crowd tossed chairs and bottles onto the pitch to contest refereeing decisions on the afternoon.

Aizawl FC owner Roberto Royte rushed to confront the crowd with a microphone to calm them, even as the referees took shelter in the official’s dugout to avoid being struck by the flying objects.

All significant action on the field though, took place in the final 20 minutes. Substitute Lalthathanga Khawlhring (Puitea) had put the home side ahead in the 73trd minute before Bagan’s substitute Manandeep Singh restored parity from the penalty spot just five minutes later.

Aizawl skipper Alfred Jaryan, who had been brilliant in the middle -- sweeping up and keeping his side in control throughout, was sent off one minute before the 90-minute mark.

Jaryan was shown a straight red by Senthil Nathan for a stomp on defender Rana Ghamari and will miss Aizawl’s upcoming games against Chennai City FC and Churchill Brothers.

Aizawl’s Japanese forward Yugo Kobayashi was booked for a challenge on former Aizawl defender Eze Kingsley in the first minute. But the home side recovered quickly to take control of the game.

Jaryan chased down every ball in the middle as deserved Man of the Match -- Leonce Dodoz tormented Bagan’s backline. Dodoz made a menacing run into Bagan’s box in the 10th minute but Shilton Paul easily picked up his tame effort.

Aizawl continued to press, with a strong command over possession as Dodoz bullied himself into the opponents box once again but his shot was well blocked by Shilton this time.

Bagan’s best chance in the first half came from a free-kick just outside the box but was driven right into the hands of Avinash Paul. The Green and Maroon’s star forward, Aser Pierrick Dipanda was a lonely figure in Aizawl’s half before he was substituted in the 32nd minute after suffering an injury.

Both sides tried to push forward in the second-half, the home side once again looked more threatening. Paulo Menzes brought on Puitea for David Lalrinmuana, and just three minutes later Puitea got onto the end of a Dodoz cross to put Aizawl in front.

Dodoz skipped past right-back Arijit Bagui to put in a low delivery. Puitea took a first time shot that was palmed upwards by Shilton only bounce off the cross bar and into the net.

Avinash brought down Bagan forward Akram Moghrabi in the box in the 78th minute as the referee pointed to the spot. Manandeep stepped up to slot it into the bottom right corner even as chants of ‘Referee Out’ echoed through the stadium.

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 17:31 IST