Mohun Bagan got back to winning ways after A late goal by Bikramjit Singh handed Kolkata Giants 2-1 win against Aizawl FC at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl on Saturday. Ugandan forward Henry Kisekka put the Green and Maroons forward with an early strike, before former Mohun Bagan man Ansumana Kromah drew Aizawl level on the half-hour mark. Kolkata Giants left it late for defender Bikramjit Singh to grab the winner with just 12 minutes of regulation time left on the clock. Also Read - Hosting U-17 World Cup Can Transform Women's Football in India: FIFA Official
This win secures Bagan’s spot on the sixth position in the I-League table as they draw level with Neroca FC on 26. The Manipuri club remains ahead by dint of goal difference. Also Read - Sunil Chhetri Voted AFC Asian Cup 2019 'Favourite Player' in Fan Poll
Bagan boss Khalid Jamil came in with attacking tactics, looking for an early goal. The team’s efforts finally bore fruit when an Abinash Ruidas free-kick from long range was brought down by Kisekka on the 22nd minute before the Ugandan calmly slotted it into the goal. Also Read - ISL: Kerala Blasters Sign Nishu Kumar, Hands Full-back Lucrative Four-year Deal
However, Aizawl came back with a goal of their own just eight minutes later, when Kromah lined up a shot from outside the Mohun Bagan penalty area and sent it into the bottom corner.
Jamil, in search of greater creativity from the middle of the park, brought Egyptian Omar Elhussieny on in place of veteran Mehtab Hossain in the second half. They finally got the winner late in the second half, when a Sony Norde free-kick was met by Bikramjit Singh, who scored the winner.
Aizawl gave it an almighty effort in the last 10 minutes, and Jamil had to ensure that his back-four had some extra protection, as he brought on Darren Caldeira in place of Kisekka. However, Bagan managed to hold on to their lead till the end.