Mohammedan Sporting -0
Mumbai City FC-1
#Kolkata: Mohammedan Sporting has shown what Kolkata’s two main teams, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, could not do. They reached the last four of the traditional Durand Cup. Today was the final test. The flag of Bengali football in the Durand Cup is now in the hands of Mohammedan Sporting. Mumbai City FC faced Andrey Chernyshov’s side in the last four clash at the Yuva Bharati Sports Arena on Wednesday.
The Mohammedan footballers were in high spirits after defeating three ISL clubs to reach the semi-finals. However, Mohammedan coach Chernyshov gave importance to Mumbai. Mohammedan Sporting is the only I-League side among the four teams to reach the semi-finals of the Durand Cup. The remaining three are from ISL.
Mohammedan’s two foreign stoppers Osmane and Shahir Shaheen have been playing consistently well. In addition, Tajikistan midfielder Nuriddin and forward Marcus Joseph are the big hope of the team. Nigerian striker Abiola Dauda raised expectations by scoring two goals against Kerala Blasters in the quarter-finals. Although today who was not.
Full Time: Mohammedan SC 0️⃣ – 1️⃣ Mumbai City FC With this our run in the 131st Edition of the Durand Cup comes to an end ⚫️⚪️ We will bounce back 🙏#JaanJaanMohammedan 🏴🏳️#BlackAndWhiteBrigade#IndianOilDurandCup🏆#IndianFootball🇮🇳⚽️#MDSMCFC⚔️ pic.twitter.com/nsQhhJ1xBK
— Mohammedan SC (@MohammedanSC) September 14, 2022
Indian footballers like Faiz, Avas, Pritam, Azhar started brilliantly from the very beginning. Pressure was created on the Mumbai defense by playing quick passes down the ground. The first twenty minutes are just black and white. But after that, Mumbai slowly started playing with the ball. Stewart, Changte, Bipin, Yahu, Binith Rai were entering the Mohammedan defense by playing four or five passes.
But the desired goal was not coming even though attack and counter attack were played. Marx Joseph tried hard, but it was not working. Just when it looked like extra time would be played, Mumbai got the job done after 90 minutes.
Stewart passed the ball to Changte. The Mizo footballer cleverly increased Bipin without taking a shot himself. The Manipuri footballer did not make the mistake of sending the ball into the net with a cool head. Mohammedan drowned on shore. Mumbai went to the final.
The most important thing is that when the goal is digested by the white and black, then there is no time to return to the game. Therefore, despite playing eye-catching football in the entire tournament, the white and black camp had to leave.