Mohun Bagan Super Giant emerged victorious in the 132nd Durand Cup final by defeating Emami East Bengal 1-0 at Kolkata’s Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) on Sunday. Dimitrios Petratos made a crucial contribution by netting the sole goal of the game in the 71st minute. This victory marked Mohun Bagan’s 17th Durand Cup win, ending a 23-year drought and surpassing East Bengal’s record for the most Durand Cup triumphs.
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Conversations about seeking vengeance and whispers of a comeback circulated through the atmosphere surrounding the Saltlake Stadium as supporters made their way inside. As the kickoff time approached, excitement for an intense match grew. Harmanjot Khabra and Subhasish Bose exchanged greetings before the formalities of the event, and then came the first kick of the game.
The match unfolded swiftly, with both teams displaying a determined effort not to give an inch. Mohun Bagan exhibited a greater desire to control possession and initiate offensive plays, while East Bengal FC seemed content to rely on counterattacks.
East Bengal made various attempts, but their efforts were in vain when Mohun Bagan strategically introduced defensive substitutions. Towards the end of the game, there was another red card issued, as East Bengal’s assistant coach Dimas Delgado was ejected for disputing with the referee. Vishal Kaith also received a yellow card during the match.
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