2015-16 I-League Round 9: Almost half way there



  • gaffertapegaffertape 13021 Points
    Aizawl FC versus Mumbai FC

    Khalid Jamil tool the bold step to rest Arata Izumi despite already being weakened by the absence of Minchol-Son and Ashutosh Mehta in defence and Captain Taisuke Matsugane in the anchoring midfield role. 

    Jahar Das meanwhile tweaked the Aizawl FC team to a 4-2-3-1 formation with Alfred Jaryan ably assisted by Malsawmkima, and Abert on the flanks...

    Both coaches chose to go to their bench in search of their objectives later in the game. ...
    The twin foreigner substitutions of AFC gave them a lot more of a bite going forward against a disjointed back 4 of MFC.

    Mumbai's substitution was their downfall. .no sooner had Darren Caldeira come on...they conceded the 1st...& before they could react they got sucker punched with the 2nd.

    Any hopes Mumbai FC have of being title contenders is surely gone now....especially as their away form is extremely poor.
    The lack of support to Sushil Kumar is all too evident. .as Kozawa is effective in linking play but seldom threatens the opposition goal. 

    Much need win will put pressure on Lajong & Salgaocar today

  • munna219777munna219777 28485 Points
    Jahar Das and a random Nigerian Sunday are saving the relegation boat of Aizawl FC, something which Spanish Coach could not do with better players. One 3 pointer for Salgaocar and it will be 5 teams playing for saving from relegation and 3 teams for championship.
  • ArsenalFan700ArsenalFan700 Reddit13655 Points
    edited February 2016
    Oh please, the mans first match ended in a scoreless draw against Shillong Lajong at home. Winning 2-0 against Mumbai does not mean he is saving them from relegation.

    And Sunday does not mean anything either. Look at the guys goal, its a tap in for gods sake and was lucky to be held onside by rubbish defending.

  • AKBAKB Kolkata3039 Points
    Brandon was substituted after 29m because he was elbowed by a SCG player about 5 ft from the referee & he was bleeding. Brandon was immediately taken to a nearby hospital. He was hit around his vocal cord.
  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India29352 Points
    East Bengal will be facing another hurdle when they take on Salgaocar a few hours from now. The team which had three consecutive losses and seemed to staring at relegation has changed gears after Santosh Kashyap had taken over  as the new coach. They have been undefeated in the last three matches, drawing two and winning the last match against DSK Shivajians. Daryll Duffy, who already has seven goals to his tally and the dangerous T. Haokip, surely one of the finds of Indian football, are the ones to look out for and need to be reined in by the East Bengal defence. Bello was extremely good in the last game but the worrying factor for the team for the past two seasons is the lack of consistency in defence. In midfield, Mehtab, Mendi, Jairu and Abinash Ruidas are expected to form the starting eleven while Md. Rafique is expected to partner Ranti Martins upfront. Shehnaj, Lobo and Joaquim might come in as replacements in the second half. Defies logic why Bisu-da doesn't start with Lobo and Shehnaj (of course only if he is fit). Mehtab had a fantastic game against Lajong but his performance has declined with age and surely the coach must know that he can not put in such performances day in and day out. When can we expect a bit out-of-the-box thinking by our Bengali coaches? Salgaocar will be putting out all the stops out to pick up at least one point in their away fixture and it is very difficult to score against a team, playing for a draw, crowding their back line with seven/eight players.
  • Jiten Murmu's strike rate this year is better than Md. Rafique.  Also Abhinash and Prahllad have done very well in the limited opportunity that they have got this year. Yet they remain under utilised;Bengali coaches are averse to risk taking and always go for bigger/established player even though they are shit. We have seen how, with the introduction of Balwant(replacing Uncle Glenn) have changed the course of the game in Bagan - yet Sanjoy opts for Glenn. 

  • EastBengalPrideEastBengalPride India9249 Points
    Rafique scores, EB leads 1-0.
  • munna219777munna219777 28485 Points
    Bello Rasaq Header makes it 2-1 in 84th minute in EB favour.
  • goalkeepargoalkeepar Turkish occupied Cyprus29116 Points
    Fuck Luis Barreto again attacked by Ghost of Baliwadi.
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