Bagan held by Gokulam
Calcutta: Mohun Bagan and Gokulam Kerala FC played out an engaging 1-1 stalemate at the EMS Stadium in Kozhikode on Thursday.
First-half goals from Dipanda Dicka and Henry Kisekka resulted in both teams sharing the spoils.
Both sides made just one change coming into the crucial fixture. Bino George swapped his goalkeepers as Bilal Khan made way for Nikhil Barnard.
Shankarlal Chakrabarty preferred Rana Gharami in place Kinshuk Debnath as Mohun Bagan sought to overcome an in-form Gokulam Kerala side at their own turf.
Mohun Bagan were the aggressors in the early minutes of the game as Kinowaki and Cameron Watson picked out passes with ease in the attacking third.
The Calcutta-based club showed the hunger to take an early lead.
Nikhil Kadam's pacy run and cross from the right flank missed Akram Moghrabi's head by inches inside the box in the ninth minute.
The right winger threatened again three minutes later when his powerful shot from the edge of the box took a slight deflection before grazing the bar on its way out.
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