I-League 2017/18: East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan, 5 Talking Points
Mohun Bagan comprehensively beat East Bengal in their I-League meeting this afternoon. The win boosts their chances of getting back in the title race while slowing down their cross-town rivals' very own charge. Dipanda Dicka scored a brace for Bagan who really could have won this game by a bigger margin.
Here's what stood out from the game:
#1 Bagan start with a bang!
We saw a really early goal from Jamshedpur FC this week in their encounter against the Kerala Blasters in the ISL and we got another one here in the Kolkata derby.
Mohun Bagan, the away side in this particular fixture, exploded out of the blocks to score in the very first minute of the game. East Bengal's defence was all out of symmetry when Bagan attacked at pace with Nikhil Kadam delivering a superb cross in from the right. Bagan's two strikers, Akram Moghrabi and Dipanda Dicka combined beautifully to do the rest.
Moghrabi won the initial header, cushioning it back across to Dicka who unleashed a powerful shot into the top corner to send the Bagan fans delirious with joy and shock their cross-city rivals. It was a brilliant finish from Dicka to get such a big game off on the best possible note for his side.