Victory for Mohun Bagan in Colombo

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Putting behind a dismal performance in the Kolkata league back home, fancied Mohun Bagan defeated Sri Lankan outfit Saunders 2-0 in the Asian Football Confedera

Victory for Mohun Bagan in Colombo

Colombo:

Putting behind a dismal performance in the Kolkata league back home, fancied Mohun Bagan defeated Sri Lankan outfit Saunders 2-0 in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) champions league here last night. Star striker Baichung Bhutia fired the first salvo in the early stage of the proceedings, while George Ekka struck after the breather to seal the fate of their opponents in a fast-paced encounter. Boosted by the availability of four Asiad probables including Indian captain Bhutia, Mohun Bagan took the lead in the 19th minute. Bhutia - who returns to Indian club football after a three-year hiatus during which he did duty for English second division club Bury FC - was the pick of the Bagan players. He not only put the team in the lead, but also looked dangerous whenever he managed to penetrate the rival defence. Putting up a solid defence, Bagan thwarted all moves by the Saunders forwards to go to the breather with a 1-0 lead. George Ekka made it 2-0 in the 54th minute to consolidate the position and the Kolkata outfit managed to latch on to the lead till the final whistle. Bagan would host the Sri Lankan champion side for the home match at the Salt Lake stadium in Kolkata on September 22. A victory at Salt Lake would ensure Bagan a berth against Valencia of Maldives in the second round. (PTI)

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