durand cup

Mohammedan SC faces FC Goa in the opening encounter of the 131st Durand Cup at the Salt Lake stadium today. Follow this space for all live updates.

Live Blog

FULLTIME

Full time at Salt Lake as home team Mohammedan Sporting flew past Goa with a convincing victory MDSC 3-1 FCG That’s all for today!

93′ Goaaaaal

The final nail in the coffin by Joseph to give the home team a 3-1 advantage MDSC 3-1 FCG

6 mins added time

6 mins of extra time are being added MDSC 2-1 FCG

87′ MDSC slowing the tempo

The home team trying to slow the tempo in the final mins of the match MDSC 2-1 FCG

84′ Goaaaaal

Finally, the comeback is complete for MDSC as Faslu scored the crucial goal to give the home team lead MDSC 2-1 FCG

82′ Close effort

Good effort by Gopi to give MDSC the lead but it’s wide MDSC 1-1 FCG

80′ 10 mins to go!

The final 10 mins of the game. The score remains same MDSC 1-1 FCG

77′ Substitution for both teams

Substitution for both teams as MDSC trying to bring some fresh legs to put more pressure on Goa MDSC 1-1 FCG

75, MDSC Controlling the game tempo

MDSC trying to convert on the pressure MDSC 1-1 FCG

72, Another great save

Another great save by the gk Hrithik Tiwary to prevent Joseph from giving the home team lead MDSC 1-1 FCG

68′ Substitution for both teams

Abhisek off for MDSC and Nemil for Goa MDSC 1-1 FCG

67′ Shot off target

Shot off target by Nemil for GOA MDSC 1-1 FCG

64′ Substitution for MDSC

Substitution for MDSC as Pritam the goal scorer is taken off MDSC 1-1 FCG

62 Corner Kick

Corner kick for Goa MDSC 1-1 FCG

58′ Good save by GK

Good save by GK to prevent Faiaz from giving MDSC the lead. The score remains level at Saltlake Stadium MDSC 1-1 FCG

56′ Faiaz comes close on wings

Faiaz looks sharp on the touchline moving forward for MDSC MDSC 1-1 FCG

53′ Good pressing

Good pressing by MDSC to cut the passing lanes MDSC 1-1 FCG

50′ MDSC Move forward

Good move by Joseph but intercepted, MDSC pushing forward MDSC 1-1 FCG

48′ Goaaall

Equalizer for Pritam, game on MDSC 1-1 FCG

46′ We are back!

Action resumes for the second half MDSC 0-1 FCG

Halftime

The referee blows the whistle MDSC 0-1 FCG

Added Time

3 min extra time is being awarded

43′ Foul on Rahul

Yellow card for Shanon and Free kick for MDSC but collected by the keeper MDSC 0-1 FCG

41′ Faiaz attempt off target

Good attempt for Faiaz from wings but shot off target MDSC 0-1 FCG

38′ Defending in numbers

Goa defending with numbers MDSC 0-1 FCG

35′ Goaaaaaal

Goal for Goa as Nemil scored a beauty after a mistake by Davronov MDSC 0-1 FCG

31′ Close chance

Marcus Joseph came close to scoring MDSC 0-0 FCG

30′ wasted chance

Wasted chance for Pritam after a mistake by Gk Hrithik MDSC 0-0 FCG

28′ Good run by Faiaz

A good run by Faiaz but intercepted, in the end, MDSC 0-0 FCG

27′ Shot off target

Shot off target by Ambekar MDSC 0-0 FCG

24′ Offside

Good chance for MDSC but offside MDSC 0-0 FCG

21′ Good defending

Goa trying to keep their heads up by keeping MDSC in check MDSC 0-0 FCG

19′ shot off target

Shot off target for Davronov MDSC 0-0 FCG

18′ Good counter

A quick counter by Goa to catch the home team off guard MDSC 0-0 FCG

15′ Midfield dominance for MDSC

Mohammedan dominates midfield with 67% ball possession MDSC 0-0 FCG

08′ First attempt

First attempt for Goa off target  MDSC 0-0 FCG

05′ Midfield dominance

Mohammedan controls the tempo in the middle half  MDSC 0-0 FCG

03′ Positive start

Good start for Mohammedan. First corner of the game.  MDSC 0-0 FCG

01′ Kick-off

Kickoff at the Salt Lake! MDSC 0-0 FCG

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Mohammedan SC vs FC Goa: Preview

The Goa side is brimming with young talent and Mohammedan Sporting is at full throttle as the first official game of India’s newest footballing season gets underway amidst a build-up that saw a Trophy tour of five cities including Guwahati and Imphal, the two first-time host cities. 

The home team gaffer Andrey Chernyshov of Russia reiterated the importance of a win to open the season and also alluded to last year’s loss saying, “We all remember that we lost to FC Goa in the last final. Of course, this will give us additional motivation in this match. But we also understand that this is the opening match of the tournament and is an additional excitement. We have a lot of new players that we want to see in serious games. Therefore, it is very important for us to start the tournament with a win.”

The Gaurs are being managed by Deggie Cardozo in this Durand edition and are also brimming with confidence with a well-trained and young side eager to grasp the opportunity of performing on the big stage. 

They will be led on the field by the likes of Muhammed Nemil who first caught the eye a-la Sunil Chetri, in the previous edition of the Durand with a wonder goal. Phrangki Buam and Ayush Chetri also lend a lot of solidity to the line-up.

Coach Cardozo was as enthused as his team when he said, “We’re excited to kickstart our Durand Cup campaign on Tuesday. As we face Mohammedan SC, it will be a repeat of last year’s final. They may have done their homework but so have we, and our focus is completely on ourselves and what we can do to get a good result.” 

He added, “Starting the tournament on a positive note, with a good result is important and that is what we hope to do on Tuesday. That the match will be held in front of fans gives us some extra motivation.”

The Black & White brigade on the other hand has retained the nucleus of last year’s squad with Trinidadian marksman Marcus Joseph still leading the lines. Players like Milan Singh in midfield and Abhishek Ambekar bring in the experience with the likes of former Lokomotiv Moscow and Tajik national-team recruit Nuriddin Davronov bringing in the likely x-factor.

All in all, it promises to be a competitive game of football on a heavy outfield at best, with rains lashing the City of Joy in the days building up to the game. He who slips best will slip in with a victory.

Where to watch?

The match will be telecasted on the Sports18-1, Sports18-1HD, Voot, Khel and JioTV.

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