Bagan beat East Bengal,
move to the top
Twice champions Mohun Bagan regained the top spot in the National Football League, edging past arch-rivals
East Bengal 1-0 in a fast and lively 15th round match in Kolkata on Monday.
After an unproductive first half, lethal Brazilian striker
Jose Ramirez Barreto scored the lone goal in the 56th minute,
to raise Bagan's points tally to 28 from 15 outings, pushing
Vasco Sports Club, Goa, to the second spot on goal difference.
Leaders of the first leg, Bagan had slid to the seventh spot
with a string of dismal performances in the early stages of
the second phase, till they found their bearings in the last
A misspass by Jo Pol Ancheri, who played as left back in
place of injured skipper Falguni Dutta, proved fatal for East
Bengal, as Bagan medio R P Singh intercepted the ball, cut in
from the right and sent a pass for Barreto. The Brazilian ran
in fast, positioned himself well and shot home, giving no
chance to the rival defenders.
The scoreline at the Salt Lake stadium was a repetition
of the first leg match between the two sides, when Barreto had
scored a out-of-the-world goal to ensure three points for
Following today's reverse, East Bengal remain eighth with 20 points from 15 games, with their title hopes fading by the
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