Odafa strike spurs Bagan over EB

Odafa strike spurs Bagan over EB

Okolie fired in from the spot in the 22nd minute for the decisive goal in a match that had more than 85,000 frenzied supporters in attendance.

But in an embarrassment for the organisers, play had to be stopped for 18 minutes in the second-half with a power cut in the stadium.
Mohun Bagan now have 15 points from six matches, while East Bengal remained on 10 from six.

Playing without their inspirational playmaker Mehtab Hussain and in-form forward Tolgay Ozbey, East Bengal were better in ball possession in the first 45 minutes, but they lacked the cutting edge.

The goal came when East Bengal defender Uga Okpara brought down a surging Sunil Chhetri from behind inside the box and referee Pratap Singh awarded a penalty in favour of Bagan.

Odafa converted from the spot, slotting past Gurpreet Singh with a swift right-footer to give Bagan the win.

Churchill score

Henry Arnaud Autchouet’s first half strike propelled Churchill Brothers to a 1-0 win over Mumbai FC in the I-League at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, here on Sunday.

The visitors fought hard and held fort resolutely denying Churchill more goals except for the lone goal scored by Autchouet from a penalty after defender Keegan Pereira handled the ball inside the box in the 30th minute.