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Durand Cup 2023: Mohun Bagan Super Giant Sidelined FC Goa to Set Up Kolkata Derby in Final

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Mohun Bagan secured a narrow 2-1 victory over FC Goa, paving the way for an exciting Kolkata Derby final in the 132nd Durand Cup. Although Noah Sadaoui initially put FC Goa in the lead but a crucial penalty converted by Jason Cummings and a second-half strike by Armando Sadiku ensured Bagan to face their longtime rivals, East Bengal, in the championship clash scheduled for September 3rd.

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Mohun Bagan Super Giant’s Head Coach, Juan Ferrando, opted for two alterations in the starting lineup compared to the quarterfinal match against Mumbai City. Asish Rai and Dimitrios Petratos replaced Manvir Singh and Armando Sadiku. On the other side, FC Goa’s Head Coach, Manuel Marquez, also made two adjustments to his lineup, introducing Jay Gupta and Victor Rodriguez in place of Saviour Gama and Carlos Martinez Rodriguez.

Both teams vied for control of the midfield, but it was FC Goa that quickly established dominance, holding onto the majority of possession. FC Goa’s Noah Sadoui’s left-footed attempt sailed over the crossbar. Meanwhile, on the opposing side, Dimitri Petratos’ shot was on target but right into the hands of FC Goa’s goalkeeper, Dheeraj Singh.

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As the match progressed, the middle of the half turned into a tense affair, resulting in the referee issuing yellow cards to four players, with two from each team. It was Goa that managed to take the lead due to a costly mistake by Hugo Boumous, whose pass was intercepted by Noah Sadaoui.

In the closing moments of the second half, as well as the additional eight minutes of injury time, there was a flurry of intense action, with both teams relentlessly attacking each other. FC Goa was determined to find the equalizing goal. However, the Mohun Bagan remained resolute under the mounting pressure and successfully held their ground until the final whistle. This victory paved the way for a highly anticipated Kolkata Derby final against their arch-rivals, East Bengal.


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