Calcutta: Sanjoy Sen may well feel that Friday’s Airtel I-League match against Sporting Clube de Goa was the worst Mohammedan Sporting have played so far under his coaching this season.
Irrespective of what the coach said, you ought to give credit to Mohammedan Sporting as they battled against all odds to register a comprehensive 3-1 win over a formidable Sporting Clube de Goa at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Clube went into this game with a five-match unbeaten run, while Mohammedan Sporting had lost all of their last four matches, in the I-League. As the game got underway, Mohammedan Sporting were reduced to 10 men even before interval when Mehrajuddin Wadoo got marching orders for pulling down Beevan D’Mello. During that period of the game, Clube were all over the home team, having pulled one back after being stunned by strikes from Luciano Sabrosa and Joshimar inside the half-hour mark.
Yet, Mohammedan Sporting made sure they emerged victorious. Beating the second-placed team in the standings by a two-goal margin is certainly a job very well done.
Mohammedan Sporting took the lead early in the 11th minute, after Joshimar won a penalty. Luciano converted the spot-kick with ease. Joshimar doubled the lead 13 minutes later.
Cajetan Fernandes then made it 1-2 after being released by N. Mohanraj. But substitute Nirmal Chetri occupied a perfect position and confirmed victory for the hosts with his 83rd minute header. The win helped Sen’s side move above the drop zone — No. 11 in the standings — with 16 points.