Durand Cup 2023: In a classic showdown at the iconic Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, Mohun Bagan Super Giant (MBSG) of Kolkata printed their name into history with a thrilling victory over arch-rivals East Bengal of Kolkata. It wasn’t just a win; it was a win for the record books, their 17th Durand Cup title.
The Big Clash: Mohun Bagan Super Giant
- In packed Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (also known as the Salt Lake Stadium), a tense atmosphere, and two football giants locked in battle.
- Mohun Bagan Super Giant, smarting from a recent 1-0 loss to East Bengal, had a score to settle. They did it in style.
The Hero of the Day: Dimitri Petratos
- In the 71st minute, Dimitri Petratos performed a magic trick. He weaved through East Bengal’s defense and unleashed a ferocious shot from 25 yards out. Goalkeeper Prabhsukhan Singh Gill was left as clueless as a cat at a dog show.
Red Cards in the Final
- The referee issued multiple bookings during the tense final. In addition to Thapa, East Bengal assistant coach Dimas Delgado also received a red card after getting into a confrontation with Mohun Bagan manager Juan Ferrando.
- Anirudh Thapa of MBSG received a red card, leaving them with 10 men.
A Sweet Revenge By Mohun Bagan Super Giant
- East Bengal had triumphed over MBSG earlier in the tournament, but this time, it was a different story. Revenge is a dish best served on a football pitch, it seems.
- Mohun Bagan Super Giant’s victory ended a 23-year Durand Cup drought. Now, they boast 17 titles, one more than their rivals East Bengal, in this historic tournament.
Both teams had their chances, but the first half remained goalless. Even Sahal Abdul Samad’s near miss couldn’t break the deadlock. The second half brought more drama, with Hugo Boumous missing a golden opportunity for MBSG. Fans will be talking about that miss for a while.
East Bengal’s Wait Continues:
- East Bengal fans will have to keep waiting for a national-level title. Their last senior-level win was the Federation Cup in 2012.
This Durand Cup final was a rollercoaster ride of emotions, red cards, missed chances, and a Petratos special. Mohun Bagan Super Giant reigned supreme, but the drama on the field was a treat for all football fans.
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