Fransa outsmart Bagan 2-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:49 IST

Fransa Pax of Goa showed fine opportunism to prevail over three-time champions Mohun Bagan 2-1 in a ninth National Football League outing.

Fransa outsmart Bagan 2-1
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Kolkata:

Fransa Pax of Goa showed fine opportunism to prevail over three-time champions Mohun Bagan 2-1 in a ninth National Football League outing on Saturday. Jules Alberto Dias put the visitors ahead with a fine long ranger in the first half, before Brazilian striker Roberto Mendez de Silva restored parity in the later session with a neat header in the Salt Lake stadium encounter. But the Goans clinched the issue soon after as Sebastiao Endro exploited a Bagan defensive lapse to put the ball home and boost his team's tally to 10 points from six games. Bagan, who have played the same number of matches, remained on seven points. The Goans shot into the lead in the 18th minute when Jules Alberto Dias found the target with a 30 yard rasping diagonal left footer which gave no chance to Bagan goalkeeper Prashanta Dora. Visitors take lead Down 0-1 at the breather, the local side upped the ante in the second session and Beto equalised in the 70th minute. Veteran Jo Paul Ancheri, who came in as a substitute for Sunil Chhetri, set up Basudev Mondal who centred inside the box, and Beto finished off with a header. But the relief on the face of the Bagan officials proved shortlived. Seven minutes later, defender Noel Wilseon, who otherwise had a good day, failed to effect a clearance, and Endro seized the opporunity, latched on to the ball, got past Bagan goalkeeper Prashanta Dora, and shot home. (PTI)

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