Mohun Bagan draws with Churchill 1-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Three times winner Mohun Bagan survived anxious moments to stave off the ignominy of relegation with a 1-1 draw against Churchill Brothers.

Kolkata:

Three times winner Mohun Bagan survived anxious moments in the second half to stave off the ignominy of relegation with a 1-1 draw against Churchill Brothers in a ninth National Football League encounter today. Bagan finished the league gleaning 23 points from 22 matches to take the eight position while Churchill, who culled the same number of points, as Bagan, joined SBT, Tollygunge Agragami and Vasco in getting demoted to the second division, by virtue of goal difference. However, there is already a talk of the AIFF revising its original policy of relegating four clubs and allowing them to continue in the premier league to ensure the participation of 16 teams in the next edition. About 20,000 people turned out at the Salt Lake stadium hoping to see their favourite outfit Mohun Bagan, regarded as the country's national soccer club, remain in the high profile league. The green and maroon brigade began on a positive note establishing early supremacy over their opponent and shot into the lead through their Brazilian striker Roberto Mendez de Silva alias Beto in the 19th minute. However, the tendency to concede goals in the late stages, which has been Bagan's undoing throughout the season once again haunted them. Capitalising on the sloppy defending of the Bagan rearguards, Churchill's Marcos Pereira made the scoreline 1-1 in the 76th minute. Buoyed by the success, Churchill made several forays into the Bagan defence, but failed to net any more goal though they came close to scoring on a couple of occasions. (PTI)

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