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.
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!
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
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
Equalizer for Pritam, game on MDSC 1-1 FCG
46′ We are back!
Action resumes for the second half MDSC 0-1 FCG
The referee blows the whistle MDSC 0-1 FCG
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
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
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
Kickoff at the Salt Lake! MDSC 0-0 FCG
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.