I-League 2017/18: Mohun Bagan vs Minerva Punjab, 5 Talking Points
Minerva Punjab earned their first ever win over Mohun Bagan, as the trumped the Kolkata giants 2-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday. It was a momentous I-League victory for Minerva as two first half goals by Chencho Gyeltshen saw them take all the three points against the Mariners who are still struggling to produce their best.
Despite playing at home, Bagan produced a subdued performance and Minerva were never really under threat barring the last few minutes of the game. Here are the talking points from the match:
Chencho Gyeltshen on target again
If you've been following Minerva this season, you're probably no stranger to Chencho Gyeltshen, but for the uninitiated, he is a young Bhutanese import who's been lighting up the league with his impressive displays.
On another big stage, Chencho's twin strikes settled this game in favour of Minerva. Both of his goals were expertly scored. For his first, he capitalised on a bad clearance from the Bagan defence, picked up the ball just outside the box and unleashed a powerful shot from the edge of the area. The Bagan keeper could have perhaps done better as he did get a hand to it, but it went in nevertheless.
For his second, he ran onto a through ball, breaking free of two defenders on the right and eventually finished with a shot across the keeper into the right corner of the goal. The 21-year-old, who's earned the nickname 'CG7' for his Cristiano Ronaldo like scoring attributes and celebrations, continued the fine form he's shown thus far. It's no surprise that Minerva are now planning to hire two more Bhutanese youngsters after the impression that Chencho has made.