Mohun Bagan beat TRAU and stretched the winning race
IMPHAL: The mark of the true champions is that even the day they are not at their best, they can record the required result. On Sunday, Mohun Bagan managed to do it against an inexperienced TRAU FC.
A shadow of the team that has been enjoying a final fairytale campaign in the IL League, the table players scored three goals in a span of nine minutes and took the three crucial points home to keep their title search in the way.
Fran Gonzalez He opened the scoring from the spot and two shots in rapid succession of Joseba Beitia and Papa Diawara in the 22nd and 23rd minutes, respectively, sealed the deal.
Joel Sunday got a consolation goal for the home team in the 35th minute, but he couldn't make further raids even when Bagan stayed with ten men for the past 20 minutes.
Bagan coach Kibu Vicuña made three changes in the lineup that defeated Churchill Brothers 3-0, with Lalramchullova, Dhanachandran Singh and Komron Tursunov appearing in the initial eleven. TRAU technical director and interim coach Nandakumar Singh He also made three changes, bringing central Oguchi Uche, left-handed Denechandram Meitei and extreme Laishram Premjit Singh.