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AFC Cup: Mohun Bagan lose 0-1 to Maziya

20 April 2017, 07:09 | Charlene Valdez

AFC Cup: Mohun Bagan lose 0-1 to Maziya

Youngster Azharuddin Mallick will be tasked with the responsibility to lead the line

The defeat leaves the Indian side third spot in the group behind leaders Bengaluru FC and Maziya, who elevate themselves to second place.

Maziya's Aleksander Rakic took a swipe at the goal soon after but his attempt blazed just over the bar. Bengaluru lead the group with 9 points following a 2-0 win against Dhaka on Tuesday, while Maziya moved above Bagan with 6 points following their win in Kolkata. All the teams have played three matches so far. Expect big contributions from their four foreign players - goalkeeper Pavel Matiash from Kyrgyzstan, defenders Romanian Andrei Cordos and Montenegro's Milos Kovacevic, and Serbian striker Aleksandar Rakic, especially if Bagan field a side with changes from their strongest possible eleven.

At the altar of the 10th I-League, Mohun Bagan sacrificed their chances of progressing to the knockout stages of the 2017 AFC Cup.

Despite fielding a majority of reserves in preference for a decisive I-League match barely two days away, Mohun Bagan controlled most of the action but failed to avail the opportunities coming its way.

A 10-man Maziya Sports and Recreation Club of Maldives edged past home favourite Mohun Bagan by a solitary goal to register its second win in a group-E league of the AFC Cup, here at the Rabindra Sarobar Stadium on Wednesday.

Mohamed Umair scored the victor for the Maldives club in the 34th minute against the run of play to hand them their second win from three matches and climb to second place behind Bengaluru FC with six points.

The result: Mohun Bagan 0 lost to Maziya S&RC 1 (Mohamed Umair 34). Bagan won the home leg, played in Guwhati, 5-2 with braces from Jeje and Cornell Glen on February 24, while Jeje's injury time goal in Male gave them a 1-1 draw on April 27.

Kean Lewis, back after almost three months after an injury sustained away to Colombo FC in the AFC Cup qualifier, and Prabir Das sortied down the flanks all right but the deliveries didn't find teammates.

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