I-League 2019-20: Aizawl FC, Mohun Bagan Play Out Exciting Goalless Draw to Kickstart Season
I-League 2019-20: Aizawl FC held Mohun Bagan to a 0-0 draw at home in an exciting opening game of the season.
Aizawl FC held Mohun Bagan to a 0-0 draw. (Photo Credit: AIFF)
Aizawl: Aizawl FC held Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan to a goalless draw at home on the artificial turf of the Rajiv Gandhi stadium on Saturday. The opening game of the 13th I-League season between two former champions had several moments of excitement but a goal eluded both sides in the end.
Both coaches, Kibu Vicuna of Mohun Bagan and Stanley Rozario of Aizawl packed their sides with midfielders indicating a cautious approach to begin their campaign. Bagan had Suhair VP as the lone striker upfront while Rozario played William Lalnunfela ahead of a six-man midfield.
However, Mohun Bagan pressed hard from the get-go and showed an intent to take an early advantage over the home side.
Suhair's through ball forward to Julian Colinas brought up the first chance of the game in the 3rd minute as the Spaniard's left-footed strike beat Lalremruata in the Aizawl goal, but went just wide.
Suhair then got an even better through ball from Nongdamba Naorem in the 8th minute but hit straight at Remruata who did well to come off his line quickly and narrow the angle. In the 21st minute, Lalrosanga brought up a fantastic block to deny Fran Gonsalves with the goalkeeper hopelessly out of position.
Aizawl, however, started getting back into the game from the half-hour mark and just before the break William Lalnunfela missed a couple of gilt-edged opportunities to put the home side ahead.
35' It's been a frantic first half-an-hour so far. @Mohun_Bagan have looked dangerous, but @AizawlFC have also had their chances, keeping their fans on their toes! AFC 0-0 MB#AFCMB ⚔ #HeroILeague #LeagueForAll #IndianFootball ⚽ pic.twitter.com/SfpICNpp0N— Hero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) November 30, 2019
Mohun Bagan had begun strong but both sides ended the half on equal terms.
Aizawl pressed on with confidence after the break and Mohun Bagan's hopes received a blow with Naorem, who had given a good account of himself, being stretchered out.
Mohun Bagan also made two more changes bringing on Sk Sahil and Spaniard Salva Chamorro to bolster their attack but they did not yield the desired results.
In a tribute to the young Aizawl side's stamina, coach Rozario brought on his first substitute in injury time.
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