The first Kolkata derby of the season concluded with Mohun Bagan getting the better of their bitterest rivals, East Bengal. The only goal of the match was scored in the first half by centre-back Kingsley Eze from a well-worked corner routine.
Here, we take a look at the talking points from the exciting Sunday afternoon encounter.
3. Early Subs
Tactical substitutions aren't a rarity in the world of football, but when both the coaches make similar substitutions and that too inside 30 minutes, it's bound to raise some eyebrows.
East Bengal's Khalid Jamil took Mehtab off in just the 22nd minute, replacing him with Lalram Chullova. Bagan followed suit and subbed Naro Shrestha off and put on SK Faiaz in the 29th minute. Both being right-backs, the substitutions were indeed intriguing.
2. Problems Persist for East Bengal
East Bengal coach, Khalid Jamil talked about loss of concentration in the match against Aizawl as they had to settle for a point despite going two nil up against the defending champions.
Against Bagan, too, we saw something similar. East Bengal couldn't cope with the intense pressure instilled by their opponents in the first half and were conceding corners regularly. They were tangled in tackling Bagan players instead of protecting the goal, which led to an easy header for Kingsley.
1. Wasteful Forwards
Mohun Bagan came off with a win against East Bengal, true. But they have some problems to solve in front of goal if they truly want to challenge for the title. Kromah, who was touted to be the main threat for East Bengal's defence was wasteful in front of goal and hardly posed any threats.
Plaza, for the Red and Yellows, was equally unimpressive and was contained with ease by Monun Bagan defence. The two teams from Bengal are serious contenders this season but must improve in certain aspects to challenge for the crown.