Bagan remain third in the league table with 11 points from five games behind Bengaluru FC and East Bengal, who are in the first and second position currently with 15 and 14 points respectively. Mumbai FC with nine points from six games are in fourth place.

It was in the 69th minute that Bikramjit Singh freed Bagan's Japanese mideo Katsumi Yusa as the Mumbai FC defence were left stranded trying to lay an off-side trap. Katsumi entered through right and kept the perfect pull-back for a surging Norde, who sprinted down left only to find his powerful tap hitting the left vertical.

After a slow start, the game picked up pace but also degenerated into a brawl with seven players in all, from both sides, being booked by referee B Balasubramaniam.
Among those was Mumbai's Pratik Chowdhary for a rough tackle on Bagan’s Cornel Glen in the first half and then intentionally hacked Bagan skipper and speedy winger Katsumi Yusa in the middle of the pitch early in the second, for which he deserved to be booked again and sent off. But the referee just cautioned him.

In the first half, neither team had a clear look at the rival goal and were foiled on two occasions from scoring by the respective goalkeepers. Eric Brown's 35-yard pile driver following a free kick was well-saved by Bagan goalkeeper Debjit Majumder.


Latest News from Sports News Desk