Mohun Bagan win Kolkata league title

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Mohun Bagan win the Kolkata Super Division league title holding defending champions and arch-rivals East Bengal to a 1-1 draw.

Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Mohun Bagan won the Kolkata Super Division league title holding defending champions and arch-rivals East Bengal 1-1 in a highly charged super five tie here today. Bagan medio Renedy Singh found the mark two minutes into the second half, neutralising East Bengal's early lead through Omolaja Olalekan, to fashion the green and maroon brigade's 25th triumph in the history of the coveted league. The Salt Lake stadium encounter, coming only four days after the violence-ridden abandoned Shield Final between East Bengal and Brazil's Palmeiras, also saw frayed tempers, but matters did not go out of hand, thanks to the stern supervision of referee Supriyo Bhattacharjee. Four Bagan players and three from East Bengal received yellow cards and the proceedings were also halted for a couple of minutes in the particularly tension-ridden second half of the otherwise absorbing encounter. Seizing the early initiative, East Bengal went ahead in the 12th minute when Dipankar Roy sped up the left flank and sent a munus to Olalekan who placed in. Stunned out of their stupor, Bagan launched continuous raids led by star Brazilian striker Jose Barreto, but failed to find the equaliser till the breather. However, their endeavours paid off thereafter, as Renedy latched on to a loose ball and pushed home past the first post, with rival stopper Jackson Egyopyong out of position. Bagan completed their engagements with 34 points from 13 matches, while East Bengal are on 27 points. They are yet to play their inconsequential last match against Tollygunge Agragami. (PTI)

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