Siliguri: A pathetic Mohun Bagan crashed out of the Federation Cup losing to a 10-man Air India 0-2 in a Group B league match, here on Saturday.
Air India defender John Dias was sent off in the 12th minute for showing his dissent to a referee Vishnu Chauhan decision.
The Mumbai-based side showed great resilience and re-organised themselves well against a full-strength Mohun Bagan to find the lead in the 28th minute.
Air India striker Elijah Junior was lucky as his shot nestled into the net after taking a wicked deflection off Mohun Bagan defender Iche.
Mohun Bagan’s efforts to find the equaliser went in vain as the airmen sat back and happily soaked in the pressure. Air India goalkeeper Sukhwinder Singh was also brilliant under the bar as he denied Okolie Odafe (30th), Jewel Raja (33rd) and CS Sabeeth (72nd).
As Bagan went all out for the equaliser putting more strength in attack, Air India launched a perfect counter-attack to make it 2-0 in the 86th minute. Henry Ezeh picked up a long clearance from the defence and made a free run of almost 40 yards to score.
The result ended 13-time champions hopes, as the team tallied just one point from two matches to be at the bottom of the group. Churchill Brothers (four points) remained on top, while Mohammedan Sporting and Air India are on three each.
Earlier, Churchill Brothers gave full display of their potential trouncing Mohammedan Sporting 5-1.
Lebanese striker Akram Moghrabi scored a brace, while Bineesh Balan, Beto, Henri Autchouet netted one apiece to complete Churchill Brothers’ impressive scoreline. Nigerian David Sunday got the consolation goal for Calcutta club.
Churchill Brothers’ coach Subhas Bhowmick brought in Moghrabi for Gabonese forward Henry Antchouet, who had a forgettable outing in the previous match against Mohun Bagan.
Moghrabi netted the first goal in the 13th minute putting a faint touch to relay home a goal-ward effort from the other Lebanese in the team Bilal Najjaraine.
Bineesh Balan made it 2-0 in the 27th minute before Brazilian game-maker Beto dived parallel to the ground to head home a cross from the right flank (3-0).