Chidi brace sinks Salgaocar

Margao, Jan 15 (PTI) Edeh Chidi scored a brace as MohunBagan scored a comfortable 3-1 win over Salgaocar Sports Clubto register their third win in the I-League at Nehru Stadiumhere today.

The winners, who led 3-0 at half time in the ninth-roundmatch, scored through Ishfaq Ahmed (8th) and man of the matchChidi (12th, 18th).

Salgaocar, who came strongly in the second half butfailed to convert the chances that came their way, reduced themargin in the 88th minute through a penalty from Ryuji Sueoka.

Bagan dominated early exchanges and surprised the localoutfit with beauty of a goal from Ahmed, who curled the ballfrom the top of the box off a Satish Kumar cross from theright in the eighth minute.

The goal put the Salgaocar defence in a disarray. Lackof concentration for a brief period on the part of defenderLuciano Sobrosa and Syed Farid, who left Chiddi unattended,cost them dearly. Chiddi scored two quick goals to putSalgaocar on the backfoot.

After a pep talk from coach Karim Bencharifa, Salgaocarraised their game in the second half and came with a flurry ofmoves, but wasted three clear chances.

With Salgaocar piling on the pressure, Bagan came withcounter moves to create scoring opportunities but Ahmed andChidi failed to capitalise on their chances.

After this close save, Salgaocar were awarded a penaltyafter defender Mohan Raj brought down substitute MilagresGonsalves inside the box. Sueoka converted the penalty with astiff grounder.

Bagan, with three wins, now have 11 points from ninematches. Salgaocar, who suffered their third defeat, remainedon 18 points from as many matches.

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