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Aizawl FC vs Mohun Bagan, I-League highlights: Aizawl FC stun Mohun Bagan 1-0

Aizawl FC stunned Mohun Bagan 1-0 at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl to reach one step closer to an unprecedented I-League triumph. Zotea scored the winner for Aizawl in the 83rd minute. Get highlights of Aizawl FC vs Mohun Bagan here

football Updated: Apr 22, 2017 17:11 IST
Bhargab Sarmah
Bhargab Sarmah
Aizawl FC,Mohun Bagan,I-League
Aizawl FC could become the first club from the northeast to win the I-League title if they beat Mohun Bagan by at least a two-goal margin. Get highlights of Aizawl FC vs Mohun Bagan here.(AIFF)

Aizawl FC are just one point away from winning the I-League title after a stunning 1-0 victory over title rivals Mohun Bagan in front of a capacity crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl on Saturday. Zotea scored the winning goal for the hosts in the 83rd minute. Get highlights of Aizawl FC vs Mohun Bagan here. (LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS)

05:00 PM IST: That’s all from us for today. Thank you for staying with us for the live coverage of the game.

Khalid Jamil, Aizawl FC head coach: When I took charge of this club, never thought we would come this far. A 2-0 win would have been ideal but this victory tastes great because the players worked very hard while enjoying every moment of the game. Good to head the points table, but next match with Lajong (April 30) (is) most crucial (if we are) to become champions.

Sanjoy Sen, Mohun Bagan head coach: Hats off to Aizawl FC for a good win, but we were denied a 4th minute penalty when Jeje was brought down in the penalty (box). We dominated most part of the game, but one can lose despite the boys playing well. And Aizawl has a very sporting crowd; good advertisement for Indian football.

04:10 PM IST: This is going to be some weekend in Aizawl! What a moment for the club’s fans! An I-League title win by Aizawl will dwarf every other footballing achievement by the state. Khalid Jamil and his men are now just a point away from pulling off Indian football’s greatest underdog story!

04:02 PM IST: That’s it! Aizawl FC have done it! They have stunned former champions Mohun Bagan 1-0!

03:59 PM IST: Into four minutes of stoppage time now.

03:55 PM IST: Less than two minutes of regulation time left. Aizawl are on the verge of one of their greatest wins.

03:52 PM IST: GOAL! Aizawl FC have scored in the 83rd minute through a Zotea header! Delirium inside the stadium!

03:50 PM IST: It’s goalless with eight minutes to go. Advantage Mohun Bagan as things stand.

03:43 PM IST: Lalmuankima comes on for Brandon for Aizawl. Bagan have been able to slow things down a bit.

03:40 PM IST: Bagan have a free kick near Aizawl’s box. Norde’s cross is punched away by Aizawl custodian Gomes. The subsequent effort from Prabir is well over the bar.

03:36 PM IST: Aizawl FC fans are in great voice. Quite a few of them have filled up the hillock beside the stadium.

03:31 PM IST: Bagan replace Azharuddin Mallick with Prabir Das.

03:28 PM IST: Bagan’s Duffy is harshly booked after he accidently hits Chullova’s trailing leg.

03:26 PM IST: Persistent pressure from Aizawl FC on Mohun Bagan. Can the hosts break the deadlock?

03:20 PM IST: Aizawl’s Alfred Jaryan is booked for pulling Darryl Duffy’s shirt.

03:18 PM IST: Aizawl come close! A shot from outside the box is deflected wide for a corner.

03:15 PM IST: The game restarts in Aizawl, and the hosts are on the attack right from the whistle.

02:58 PM IST: It’s goalless at half-time in Aizawl! Can either of the two sides break the deadlock in the second half?

02:52 PM IST: The ground continues to be covered by a cloud of mist, and visibility is unsurprisingly poor in the stadium.

02:48 PM IST: Jayesh Rane has a pop from well outside the box. His shot gies wide. It’s still goalless in Aizawl.

02:40 PM IST: Mahmoud Al Amna crosses from the right flank, but it goes straight into the hands of Bagan keeper Debjit Majumder.

02:35 PM IST: Aizawl FC up to the task on the physical front. Bagan haven’t been able to control the proceedings so far.

02:29 PM IST: Darryl Duffy does not find enough space to control the ball just a few feet away from the goal. It stays goalless in Aizawl.

02:21 PM IST: Aizawl create the first big chance of the game! Ashutosh Mehta’s headers from a corner is wide of the mark. Big let-off for Bagan there.

02:18 PM IST: Very poor visibility in Aizawl today. Will be interesting to see how the two teams adapt to these conditions. Bagan have a free-kick cleared without much trouble.

02:13 PM IST: Very windy conditions in Aizawl today. Bagan win the first corner of game and Sony Norde’s delivery is cleared after a momentary hesitation in the AFC backline.

02:08 PM IST: Here we go! Mohun Bagan kick off the game in Aizawl.

02:05 PM IST: The players have entered the ground. Kick-off is just moments away now!

01:45 PM IST: It has been pouring in Aizawl today. Hasn’t, however, stopped the fans from filling in the stands. All roads in the city lead to the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Mualpui.

01:35 PM IST: Aizawl FC will be the new champions of India if they win by at least a two-goal margin today. Mohun Bagan will take the title with a win here. A draw will take the title race to the final gameweek. This should be a cracking game in Aizawl today.

01:30 PM IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Aizawl FC vs Mohun Bagan I-League match.

One year is a long time in football. Ask Aizawl Football Club and their head coach Khalid Jamil. The former were relegated from the I-League at the end of their debut top-flight season in 2015-16, despite finishing one spot above the bottom-placed team DSK Shivajians, who had immunity from relegation.

Khalid Jamil, then the long-time serving head coach Mumbai FC, was relieved from his position at the end of the season.

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With Goan clubs pulling out from the I-League, however, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) was pushed to a corner. It decided to reinstate Aizawl FC to the top-flight, much to the relief of the club’s fans.

Ahead of the new season, Khalid Jamil was handed the reins of the club. The two parties have since come together to plot one of the most fascinating stories in Indian football history, one that has defied all expectations and dialectics of the sport.

As things stand, Aizawl FC find themselves level of points with league leaders Mohun Bagan ahead of their meeting with the Mariners in the penultimate matchday of the season at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl on Monday.

The equation

A win by at least a two-goal margin will guarantee the league title to Aizawl. A draw will pave the way for Bagan to reclaim the title, with the latter facing Chennai City at home in the season’s final game and the Khalid Jamil-coached side taking on Shillong Lajong away from home in their season-ender.

A defeat for Aizawl FC will mean that Bagan will be crowned champions.

Players to watch out for

Mohun Bagan have some of the best players in the league at their disposal. Sony Norde, Darryl Duffy and Jeje will be key in Bagan’s quest for goals, and will undoubtedly draw the attention of the Aizawl backline. Katsumi Yusa’s creativity will also be a cause for concern for Khalid Jamil’s team.

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In contrast, Aizawl have excelled as a unit on the back of some very disciplined performances this season. Striker Kamo Stephane Bayi and midfielders Alfred Jaryan and Mahmoud Al Amna have been crucial to Aizawl’s spectacular campaign, and will have a big job in their hands on Saturday.

Defenders Kingsley Eze and Ashutosh Mehta will have the task of tackling the treats of Duffy and Norde, respectively, which will make for two very interesting battles during the game.

The brains behind the teams

Sanjoy Sen is about to complete his third season as Mohun Bagan’s head coach, while this is Khalid Jamil’s first season at Aizawl FC, having coached Mumbai FC in seven I-League campaigns.

Kick off: 2 pm at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Aizawl.

First Published: Apr 22, 2017 13:30 IST