Sunday, 29 March 2015

VIDEO - Focus Bangla: Mohun Bagan AC 1-0 East Bengal Club - Kolkata Derby review!

Here is the detailed review from Focus Bangla of yesterday afternoon's Kolkata derby in which I-League leaders Mohun Bagan AC beat rivals East Bengal Club 1-0 at the Saltlake Stadium through a Balwant Singh goal. VIDEO: FC Remscheid Allstars to host FC Schalke 04 Traditionsmannschaft on April 25!

My home town club in Germany, FC Remscheid, whose first team plays in the Landesliga (German sixth division) with their FCR Allstars host the FC Schalke 04 Traditionsmannschaft (Allstars) on April 25 at their Röntgenstadion. For the launch press conference, 1990 FIFA World Cup winner and Schalke legend Olaf Thon had come and spoke ahead of the game.

Here my report in German

VIDEO - adidas: Bastian Schweinsteiger - Take Today!

In adidas' new campaign 'Take It!', German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says, "Today I will turn this into a chess match. Take today."

VIDEO - I-League: Mohun Bagan AC 1-0 East Bengal Club - Match Highlights!

Here the TEN Action highlights of yesterday afternoon's Kolkata derby in which I-League leaders Mohun Bagan AC beat rivals East Bengal Club 1-0 through a Balwant Singh goal.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

I-League: Sporting Clube de Goa & Shillong Lajong FC play out 1-1 draw!

Shillong Lajong FC held out a 1-1 draw against Sporting Clube de Goa despite being reduced to ten men in the 50th minute. Trinidad & Tobago duo Cornell Glen and Anthony Wolfe score a goal each for their respectively teams.

The match was kicked off by Shillong Lajong FC and they made their intent clear as they pushed forward from the start. Lajong fielded 18 year old Vishal Kaith between the post in place of Rehenesh T.P. who is on National duty.

Sporting Goa meanwhile got off to a bright start as they took the lead early on after a good combination between Anthony Wolfe and Odafe. The former scored the opening goal in the 4th minute. It was a big blow for the visiting team to conceded a goal so early but they could have equalised in the 7th minute when Cornell Glen's shot unfortunately hit the upright. Nevertheless, the home side were enjoying more possession in the opponents half and not allowing Lajong to break on the counter.

Odafe and Anthony Wolfe were creating a lot of problems for the Lajong defence. On the other hand, Cornell Glen missed a good opportunity in the 19th minute after dribbling past two defenders but failed to find the back of the net. Boithang had a chance in the 25th minute when he took a free kick from an acute angle but it was headed away to safety. As the match progressed, both teams were lacking in creativity and unable to produce a goal and failing to impress the neutrals. Then towards the end of the first half, in the 42nd minute, Cornell Glen pulled out his trick as he turned the Sporting Goa defenders and equalised for Lajong. The first half ended with one goal apiece for Sporting Club de Goa and Shillong Lajong FC.

The home side began proceedings in the second half. Anthony Wolfe had the first shot on target in the opening minutes of the second half but his shot was saved by Lajong custodian, who in the 50th minute, Vishal Kaith misjudged a long ball and handled the ball outside the box. The referee raised the red card against him and Kunzang Bhutia had to come on the field to replace David Ngaihte. Odafe took the resulting free-kick but it went just wide. With one man down, Lajong were finding it difficult to contain possession. Sporting Goa meanwhile was piling the pressure with the advantage of an extra player on the field. However, they failed to kill off the game as they could not find a way through the Lajong defence.

Uilliams took a long range free kick in the 59th minute and his shot was on target but Sporting Goa keeper parried it away. Uilliams was later replaced by Zodingliana. Odafe was unlucky not to give his side the lead when he took a shot outside the box which rattled the posts. Durga Boro then replaced Joseph who had to be taken off the field in a stretcher due to an injury.

Then in the 77th minute, Sporting Goa defender, Joyner Lorenco received his second yellow card of the match after a foul on Cornell Glen. Thus, both teams had to play with 10 players each in the final quarter of the match. Substitute, Zodingliana could have given the lead to Lajong if he had controlled the ball well inside the opponent's box. The final 10 minutes proved to be quite entertaining as both teams knew the next goal could be the winner. Cornell Glen had a great chance in the 85th minute when he found a long ball in front of goal but the Goan side's defence just managed to kick away the ball for a corner. Five minutes were added after normal time and both sides had a lot of opportunities to win the game but could not find the back of the net.

The match ended all square and both teams remain at the bottom of the table after earning only one point each. Sporting Goa will play their next match on April 4 against local rivals Dempo SC while Shillong Lajong FC will travel to Mumbai to play their next match against Mumbai FC on April 3.