Hero i-League: East Bengal lose to Salgaocar, Sporting hold Mohun Bagan

Hero i-League: Salgaocar FC 3-1 East Bengal
East Bengal in action against Salgaocar FC, Hero i-League 2015-16,
Picture Courtesy: i-League Media
Hero i-League 2015-16 Results
Fatorda Stadium, Goa
Salgaocar FC 3-1 East Bengal
SAL: T.Haokip(3rd - Assist Darryl Duffy, 90th - Tackled opponent defender), Calvin Mbarga(35th - Penalty)
EB: Ranti Martins(24th - Assist Sanju Pradhan)

Salgaocar FC defeated East Bengal 3-1 at home at the Fatorda Stadium on Tuesday, 1st March 2016. Thongkhosiem Haokip scored a brace while Calvin Mbarga converted from the spot. Haokip struck early in the 3rd minute. Salgaocar FC were handed a setback when i-League top scorer Darryl Duffy injured his groin and thus had to be substituted in the 10th minute of the game. After being a goal down, East Bengal equalized through their star forward Ranti Martins in the 24th minute. Mbarga scored from the spot to give home side the lead after Mallick brought down Jackichand inside the East Bengal box and penalty was awarded to Salgaocar FC. With a goal dowm, East Bengal were in further trouble as Sehnaj Singh received marching orders after a illegal tackle on Jackichand Singh. Haokip completed his brace and thus sealed the game deep into injury time when he capitalized on a poor pass from Cavin Lobo.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa
Sporting Clube de Goa 1-1 Mohun Bagan
SCG: Raju Gaikwad(37th - Own Goal)
MB: Brandon Fernandes(26th - Assist Sony Norde)

Hero i-League: SC Goa 1-1 Mohun Bagan
Mohun Bagan were held to a 1-1 draw by Sporting,
Picture Courtesy: i-League Media
Mohun Bagan could not fully utilize East Bengal's defeat against Salgaocar FC as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Sporting Goa in their away fixture at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa on Tuesday, 1st March 2016. Sporting enjoyed better possession and were winning the midfield battle. It was Sony Norde's individual brilliance that gave the Mariners the lead as he ghosted past his marker down the left wing to provide a tap-in for Brandon Fernandes. Mohun bagan's goal scorer however had to be stretched off the field after the winger went down with his foot stuck in ground and it seemed to be a serious injury for the former sporting midfielder. It was Raju Giakwad's error which provided the equalizer for the home side as the defender helped the ball into his own net in the 37th minute. Odafa had some good chances to win it for Sporting but the former Bagan hit-man could not convert and the scoreline remained 1-1. Mohun Bagan are still leading the pack with 22 points from 10 games followed by Bengaluru who have 18 points having played a game less, closely followed by East Bengal with 77 points from 9 games.
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