Kolkata: Mohun Bagan faced a crushing defeat in the hands of East Bengal as the Red and gold brigade pumped four goals in the net of its arch rivals and took away the shield of the Calcutta Premier Football league (CFL) on Sunday.
East Bengal had been in the driver’s seat ever since the start of the match with Du Dong sealing a world class goal from a free kick in the second minute only followed by another in the 37nd minute in the same format.
East Bengal needed only one point to get hold of the cup and even a draw against Bagan would have been enough. But the East Bengal players seemed to be indomitable on Sunday. The goals by Dong seemed to have broken the morale of the Green-Maroon brigade which seemed to be unorganized in their game from the first half itself.
Sanjay Sen’s boys lost all hope of returning into the game after Dudu was shown the door following a red card (double yellow) reducing the Mohun Bagan to 10 and with Mohammad Rafiq’s goal in the 81st minute. Even Katsumi’s entry in the second half couldn’t provide any relief.
Meanwhile tension spread in the ground as well as in the gallery after Dudu was shown red card in the 51st minute with a minor scuffle ensuing between the referee and the Mohun Bagan players.
The final nail in the coffin of Mohun Bagan was put by Rahul Veke who scored the fourth and the final goal of the match at the end of the stoppage time.
With this win, East Bengal clinched the Calcutta football league for the sixth time in a row. The elated East Bengal supporters celebrated their team’s victory in style with the club clinching both the trophy and the defeat of their arch rivals. Du Dong was declared the Man of the Match.