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21 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Sk Kamal Int’l Club Cup Football tournament

Mohun Bagan AC 1 vs Young Elephants 2

Sports Reporter, Ctg

Somxay Keohanam scored a couple of goals as Young Elephants of Laos upset the favourites Mohun Bagan Athletics Club to make a winning start in the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup Football tournament yesterday. Held at the MA Aziz Stadium, Chattogram, Mohun Bagan took the lead inside 20 minutes and Young Elephants leveled it in just two minutes before going for the break and surprised all scoring another goal in the late hour of the match to bag a historic win, when it was their first international match. Mohun Bagan, a 130-year-old club, who came here to play the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup Football tournament with high hopes, could not play up to their reputation as they disappointed some four thousands spectators against the Young Elephants of Laos. Mohun Bagan, a strong side having five Spanish players (though all did not play on the day), tipped to win the match by big margin taking lead early in the 18th minute but their domination spanned only for 30 minutes. The young opponents threw challenges one after another and leveled the margin at late hour of first half and finally earned a deserved 2-1 win with a fantastic goal from Somxay Keohanam just a minute before the stipulated 90-minute game. Mohun Bagan with initial attacking approach put Young Elephants under pressure and demonstrated some passing game to take the lead on 18th minute.

A Seikh Sahil sweeps into a deep cross from the right, was not cleared well as Mohun Bagan won a corner, Josseba’s flank kick from left found Gonzalez Mumoz in the area who just downed the ball with head and made it easier for Julen Colinas Olaizola who slammed his header giving chance to Laos goalkeeper Xaysavath (1-0).

But Mohun Bagan, in the initial half an hour, have been much more even with Laos and were edging to halt the strong opponents but they couldn’t take a solitary goal advantage.

The Young Elephants, who took time to launch attacks, began counterattacks with playing short passes and started breaking in the Mohun Bagan defense very often and finally equalised the margin.

The Young Elephants got their result of hardworking against the stringer and the day’s favorites when Thindola beautifully edged past two of his markers through the midway before making a through pass in an open space for onrushing Somxay who just placed the ball into open net over the advancing goalkeeper on 42nd minute (1-1).

Mohun Bagan despite disheartened all failing to demonstrate expected performance but had enjoyed the better possessions throughout the match but could not score goals from the chances they had had.

The Indian giants had also a golden opportunity on 87th minute to regain the lead even to create the chance to win the match but Joseba frustrated all failing to beat Yung Elephants’ keeper from a penalty kick.

This time Young Elephants’ captain Vanna committed a foul inside the area to Mohuna Bagan’s Julen Colinas on his way to score goal and Bangladesh referee Mizanur Rahman judged for a spot kick.

But the spot kick from Joseba was denied by Young’s custodian Xaysavath with a right hand dive. The Number Ten jersey Somxay, who leveled the margin, stretched the frustration of Mohun Bagan when perfected his side volley of a right side cross from Thinolath on 89th minute (2-1).

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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