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I-League 2017: Mohun Bagan vs Indian Arrows, 5 Talking Points

Gaurav Kadam
29 Dec 2017, 22:32 IST

Mohun Bagan hosted the young Indian Arrows on a historic afternoon for the Kolkata giants as they played their first I-League match at the Mohun Bagan ground.

The sides had to share the spoils as the young Indian Arrows put on a resilient defensive display in front of the packed Kolkata crowd. Asier Dipanda Dicka had put the Mariners in the lead through a penalty in the 27th minute but the Arrows got back on level terms quickly.

Rahim Ali went on a breezy run on the left wing and KP Rahul finished past Shilton Paul in the 34th minute to draw level. Arrows held on after the goal and even had a man sent off but maintained their shape and won an incredibly impressive point from a tough fixture.

Mohun Bagan made the early pressure count

Mohun Bagan started the game well but then faded away.
Mohun Bagan started the game well but then faded away.

Mohun Bagan began the match on a positive note constantly pressuring the young Arrows side with their incisive runs on both the wings. Sheikh Faiaz and Nikhil Kadam were operating on the flanks and were a constant source of trouble for the Indian Arrows full-backs.

Mohun Bagan had a couple of chances in the initial minutes with Ansumana Kromah and Abhishek Das coming close to scoring the opener. Even midfielder Shilton D'Silva had an open header from a cross but failed to hit the target.

Finally, the Mariners made the breakthrough with a penalty as Nikhil Kadam was brought down in the box by Arrows' Asish Rai. Dipanda Dicka scored the spot-kick twice for the home side after his initial effort was cancelled out by the referee.

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