Francisco Gonzalez found the back of the net from the penalty spot as Mohun Bagan marched on to the semifinal with nine points...
Mohun Bagan beat Indian Navy inÂ their final group match of the Durand Cup 2019 on Saturday at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.Â
Spanish midfielder Francisco Gonzalez scored the only goal of the match from a penalty in the 58th minute to seal three points for his side.
Antonio Vicuna made seven changes in the starting XI which managed a 1-1 draw in the midweek Calcutta Football League (CFL) clash against Calcutta Customs. Only Lalchhawnkima, Nongtamba Naorem, Francisco Gonzalez and VP Suhair retained their place.
Being already qualified for the semifinal of the Durand Cup, Vicuna had the liberty to experiment with the lineup as fielded just one foreign player today. Academy graduate Subha Ghosh started alongside Suhair upfront.
In a relatively drab first half, it was Mohun Bagan who enjoyed the lionâ€™s share of possession and was the dominant side throughout the first 45 minutes. They created quite a few chances but unfortunately failed to find the back of the net.
Indian Navy got the only chance of the match in the 43rd minute when former Bagan player Britto PM attempted a shot from distance which almost entered the goal through the top corner but Debjit Majumder somehow managed to get his hand as he fisted the ball above the crossbar.
After much diligence, the Green and Maroons finally broke the deadlock in the 58th minute. Former Mohun Bagan defender brought down SK. Faiaz inside the box to give away a silly penalty and Fran Gonzalez scored from the spot-kick.
Indian Navy were all over the Kolkata giants after conceding the first goal and attacked in numbers. They were desperate to score at least one goal and end their campaign with a draw.
Britto came close to score on two occasions but his selfishness inside the box did not allow the visitors to pull one back. Mohun Bagan players were once again out of breath after the hour mark as Indian Navy increased their intensity in the attacking third.
Just like their arch-rivals, Mohun Bagan ended the group stage with three wins from three matches. They will face Real Kashmir FC in the second semifinal on August 21.