I League: Dempo beat Mohun Bagan
Defending Champions Dempo SC Wednesday made short work of Kolkata outfit Mohun Bagan 3-0 in a 8th round I-League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.
Joaquim Abranches and Ryuji Sueoka scored one apiece for Dempo in the 40th and the 44th minute respectively.
The win took Dempo to 19 points from 8 matches while Bagan stayed on 11 points from 8 matches.
After the first 40 minutes were equally contested by both the teams, Dempo surged in the lead in the 40th minute.
India U-22 winger substitute Romeo Fernandes ran down the right flank and essayed a low cross which was tapped in by National Team striker Joaquim Abranches.
The second goal came in the 44th minute as the bonus.
Peter Carvalho made his way into the Bagan box but was brought down by Nirmal Chhetri. The referee pointed to the spot and Ryuji made no mistake to slot is past a diving Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Pal.
Dempo added one more to their tally in the second half in the 70th minute when Godwin Franco blasted in a long-ranger from around 30 yards.
Earlier in the first half, Dempo almost had the perfect start in the 3rd minute but were denied by the post after Clifford Miranda's thumping free-kick beat all and bounced back. Two minutes later, they earned two consecutive corners but couldn't capitalise.
Ryuji Sueoka controls the ball against Mohun Bagan
A minute later, Joaquim Abranches, all in the clear off a Miranda cross, failed to head past Bagan custodian Shilton Pal.
Bagan had their first chance in the 10th minute when Odafa Okolie set up CS Sabeeth on top of the Dempo box. But Sabeeth failed to hit the target. Off the next move, Bagan's Biswajit Saha shot wide over from the left side of the box.
Changing over, things went worse for Bagan when Biswajit Saha received his second yellow card of the match for his tackle on Gowdin Franco in the 52nd minute and was given marching orders. Bagan were reduced to 10 men.
Dempo made the most of the situation as they controlled the pace of the game and preferred to keep possession of the ball. In the 59th minute they almost scored their third goal but Peter's shot on way to the goal hit Sueoka on the way. Bagan had a narrow escape.
Dempo Coach Armando Colaco introduced Rohan Ricketts when he substituted Miranda in the 60th minute. Ricketts almost scored with his first touch of the ball but Pal managed to keep his rasping left-footer away.
Ricketts had an impact of the match as he seemed to be omnipresent in the Bagan half.
At times, he stayed willing to fall behind and serve as the feeder to Sueoka upfront and at times, he preferred to lurk around the box to spell more danger for the makeshift Bagan defence.
Franco's 30-yard pile driver sealed the match for Dempo in the 70th minute. --IBNS