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I-League: Injury Concerns For Mohun Bagan Amid Big Win

Sunday, 10 December 2017|Abhishek Mukherjee

Mohun Bagan ran riot on a rainy Sunday afternoon at the Barasat Stadium as they cruised to a thumping 5-0 win over Churchill Brothers. 

A Dicka brace followed by goals from Faiaz, Kromah and Norde helped Bagan go top of the I-League table. 

Bagan didn't have the best of starts to the match as they lost their dependable midfield maestro Yuta Kinowaki to an injury just minutes after kick-off. Yuta suffered a broken collarbone and had to be taken to a nearby medical facility immediately. 

It was, however, the former Churchill Brothers' striker, Ansumana Kromah, who started the rout in the 23rd minute. The Liberian evaded a challenge from Monday and slotted the ball home to give Bagan the lead.

Bagan doubled their lead in the 34th minute when Kromah brilliantly released Dipanda Dicka with a backheel pass. The Cameroonian drilled a grounded left-footer across the face of the goal to open his account.

Churchill's foreign recruits Peter Omoduemuke, Monday Osagie and Singaporean defender Precious Emuejeraye were all having a forgettable day at the office as Bagan took complete advantage of it. 

The trio of Dicka, Kromah and Sony were toying with the defenders and it was just a question of how many Churchill would concede. 

Dicka scored his second goal of the game within a minute after play resumed in the second half when he guided a low cross from the right by Faiaz into the back of the net. 

Three minutes later, it was Faiaz turn to get his name on the scoresheet. An amateur mistake by Monday left Kromah with the ball inside the box who conjured some tricks to dribble past the sliding Churchill goalkeeper and put the ball in Faiaz path. Faiaz just had to tap the ball into the net- much to the delight of the Bagan supporters, who despite the winter rain made it to the stadium.

However, minutes later Bagan lost their second player in the form of right-back Arijit Bagui to injury, who had to be shouldered out of the ground. 

Sanjoy Sen was forced to make a third switch in the 65th minute when he replaced Kromah with Rana Gharami. Kromah, who was wrecking havoc, had picked up a groin injury courtesy of the poor pitch quality at Barasat. 

Meanwhile, Bagan skipper Sony Norde, who himself was struggling with a knee injury managed to get his name on the scoresheet in the 84th minute courtesy of a low piledriver of a shot from the edge of the box, inflicting more punishment on the Red Machines.  

The match thus finished 5-0 in favour of the Mariners. 

Even after this big win, Sanjoy Sen will definitely be losing his night's sleep owing to the injuries to his key players. His players will hardly get any recovery time as Mohun Bagan takes on Shillong Lajong on December 14.

MOTM- Dicka