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116th IFA Shield: A look back & the stats

The final of the 116th IFA Shield yesterday was a local Kolkata affair with East Bengal Club beating Prayag United SC 4-2 on penalties at the Saltlake Stadium. The 116th edition of the IFA Shield had been played from March 3 to 16 across Kolkata with 1...

The final of the 116th IFA Shield yesterday was a local Kolkata affair with East Bengal Club beating Prayag United SC 4-2 on penalties at the Saltlake Stadium. The 116th edition of the IFA Shield had been played from March 3 to 16 across Kolkata with 12 teams having taken part.

Though local giants Mohun Bagan AC did not take part, the highlight of this years IFA Shield was supposed to be the reserve team from Brazilian giants Botafogo BFR, but though they did show Latin skills they failed to reach the finals.

FIXTURES & RESULTS

Group A
East Bengal Club, Shillong Lajong FC, Bhowanipore Club

03-Mar-2012: East Bengal Club 2-1 Bhowanipore Club (Saltlake Stadium)
05-Mar-2012: Shillong Lajong FC 0-3 Bhowanipore Club (East Bengal Ground, Maidan)
09-Mar-2012: East Bengal Club 3-0 Shillong Lajong FC (Saltlake Stadium)

Group B
Botafogo BFR (BRAZIL), Chirag United Kerala, Southern Samity

04-Mar-2012: Chirag United Kerala 0-1 Southern Samity (Howrah Maidan)
10-Mar-2012: Botafogo BFR 1-0 Chirag United Kerala (Howrah Maidan)
12-Mar-2012: Botafogo BFR 2-0 Southern Samity (Saltlake Stadium)

Group C
Pune FC, Pailan Arrows, Ar-Hima FC

04-Mar-2012: Pune FC 1-1 Pailan Arrows (East Bengal Ground, Maidan)
06-Mar-2012: Pune FC 3-0 Ar-Hima FC (Howrah Maidan)
09-Mar-2012: Ar-Hima FC 0-5 Pailan Arrows (Howrah Maidan)

Group D
Prayag United SC, Mumbai FC, Techno Aryan Club

05-Mar-2012: Mumbai FC 1-1 Techno Aryan Club (Howrah Maidan)
07-Mar-2012: Prayag United SC 3-2 Mumbai FC (Saltlake Stadium)
11-Mar-2012: Prayag United SC 1-0 Techno Aryan Club (Saltlake Stadium)

Semifinals
13-Mar-2012: East Bengal Club 1-0 Pailan Arrows (Saltlake Stadium)
14-Mar-2012: Botafogo BFR 0-1 Prayag United SC [after extra-time] (Saltlake Stadium)

Final
16-Mar-2012: East Bengal Club 0-0, 4-2 Prayag United SC [penalties] (Saltlake Stadium)

Published with permission from Arunava Chaudhuri.

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