Category: Match Post

KEB thrash Minerva Punjab

Ludhiana, Jan 30: Kingfisher East Bengal beat hosts Minerva Punjab FC 5-0 in a fifth round Hero I – League encounter at the Guru Nanak Stadium here on Sunday.

Striker Wedson Anselme, who scored hatrick put the Kolkata based club ahead in the 9th minute. In the 40th minute Willis Plaza scored the second goal for Reds and Golds, to leave the hosts trailing by two goals to nil at interval. In the second half, the Haitian striker scored his second goal in the 64th minute. India international Robin Singh scored in the next minute. Two minutes later Wedson scored his third goal of the match to make it 5-0 for the visitors

With this win, the Kingfisher East Bengal has 13 points at the end of fifth round run at 2017 Hero I-League

Final Score: Kingfisher East Bengal – 5 (Wedson Anselme 9′, 64′, 67′, Willis Plaza 40′, Robin Singh 65′) beat Minerva Punjab FC – 0

Hero of the Match – Wedson Anselme

HIL 2017 Match 2: Gurjinder help Lancers edge Wave Riders

Bhubaneswar, Jan 22: Kalinga Lancers beat former champions Delhi Wave Riders 1-0 in the second match of the fifth edition of Hockey India League at the Kalinga Hockey International Stadium on Sunday.

Both the teams entered the tunnel on level terms after playing out two goalless quarters. With niether of the sides ready to give in the deadlock continued in the third quarter aswell.

In the 47th minute, Kalinga Lancers Gurjinder Singh converted a penalty corner, much to the delight of the home supporters.

The home side managed to hold on to the lead to earn full three points from their opening encounter.

Man of the Match: Moritz Fuerste (Kalinga Lancers)

Aizwal score surprise win over hosts Mumbai

Mumbai, Jan 22: Aizawl FC stunned the hosts Mumbai FC 1-0 in their Hero I – League encounter at the Coopergate Ground here on Sunday.

Despite creating some goal scoring opportunities, both sides went in to the interval with 0-0 scoreline. The deadlock was broken by the Syrian Mahmoud Al Amna in the 79th minute, as he put the ball past custodian Laxmikant Kattimani to score the only goal of the match.

With this win, the highlanders continued their unbeaten run at 2017 Hero I-League with three wins and a draw. On the other hand, Mumbai FC has two wins and two loses from same number of matches.

After today’s match Aizawl FC have moved to the third spot with 10 points, just behind Kingfisher East Bengal on goal difference. While, Mumbai FC are on fifth place with 6 points .

Final Score: Aizawl FC – 1 (Mahmoud Al Amna 79′) beat Mumbai FC – 0

Hero of the Match – Jayesh Rane

East Bengal surges to the second position on the I-League table

Kolkata, Jan 22: East Bengal made a second half comeback to beat the defending champions Bengaluru FC 2-1 at the Barasat Stadium on Sunday.

C K Vineeth’s 23rd minute goal put the vistors ahead in front of about 15,000 home supporters. In the 28th minute, East Bengal’s Ugandan import, Ivan Bukenya scored the equalizer, much to the relief of the passionate home supporters. Both the sides went into the break with 1-1 scoreline.

Super sub Robin Singh struck in the 79th minute to put the Reds & Golds ahead. The home side managed to defend its solitary goal lead to hand Bengaluru FC, its first defeat of the season.

Today’s win propelled KBFC to 2nd place in the table with 10 points from four matches, two points behind arch-rivals Mohun Bagan, while defending champions Bengaluru FC are on fourth place with nine points at the end of the fourth round.

Final Score:

Kingfisher East Bengal 2 (Ivan Bukenya 28′, Robin Singh 79′) beat Bengaluru FC 1 (C K Vineeth 23′)

Hero of the Match – Ivan Bukenya

Saina bags year’s first title

Sarawak (Malaysia), Jan 22: Saina Nehwal won the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton title here on Sunday.

In the finals, the former World Number One beat Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 22-20, 22-20 in a 46-minute clash. This was her 23rd title overall and the first after undergoing a knee surgery last year.

Saina struggled to win the first game. With Chochuwong just five points away from winning the first game, Saina unleashed an array of cross court smashes to roar back into the game. After leveling for the first time in the game at 19-19, Saina sealed the game.

In the second game too, Chochuwong took an early 3-0 lead before the Indian clawed back into the game by engaging her Thai opponent in long rallies.

After levelling at eight points, Saina tried to consolidate her lead, but Chochuwong kept the pressure up on the Indian. Saina was a point away from winning the second game before Chochuwong won three points in a row to keep the game in balance at 20-20. Saina, however, held her nerves to wrap up the thrilling final in straights games.

Churchill Brothers earn first points of the season

Pune, Jan 21: Churchill Brothers earned their first points of the ongoing Hero I-League season as they came back from a goal down to share points with DSK Shivajians at the Balewadi Sports Complex, here on Saturday.

The home side fielded an unchanged squad, while Churchill Brothers made two changes in the midfield.

The hosts took lead in the 21st minute through Seong-Yong Kim. This was Korean’s second goal in as many matches. while Adil Khan scored the equaliser for the Goan side in the 86th minute.

The DSK Shivajians next host Mohun Bagan at the Balewadi Stadium on the 24th of January. While Churchill Brothers SC will host Bengaluru FC on 27th of this month.

Final Score:

DSK Shivajians 1 (Seong-Yong Kim 22′) draw Churchill Brothers SC 1 (Adil Khan 86′)

Mohan Bagan overcome spirited Chennai City FC

Chennai, Jan 21: Mohun Bagan overcame first timers Chennai City FC 2-1 in a closely fought Hero I-League encounter at the Nehru Stadium, here on Sunday.

Chennai goalie Karanjit pulled off some brilliant stops including a penalty, as the first half finished goalless. Marcus Tank gave Chennai the lead in the 52nd minute. However, home side joy was shortlived as Jeje Lalpekhula equalised for the Mariners in the 56th minute. In the 77th minute, Sony Norde scored his first gaol of the evening, to put the Kolkata based side ahead 2-1.

The Mariners held on to the lead for the remainder of the match, to maintain their unbeaten record in the ongoing I-league season.

Final Score:

Chennai City FC 1 (Marcos Tank 52′) lost to Mohun Bagan 2 (Jeje 56′,Sony Norde 77′)

Hero of the Match: Marcos Tank (Chennai City FC)

Shillong Lajong register first win of the season

Shillong, Jan 21: Shillong Lajong FC registered a 2-1 win over first timers Minerva Punjab FC in a Hero I-League match here at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday.

Rupert Nongrum put the home team ahead in the 17th minute. In the 42nd minute Cameroonian import Aser Dipanda Dicka doubled the lead as the home side went into the break leading 2 – 0.

Loveday Okechukwu scored the consolation goal for Punjab in the dying moments of the match.

Today’s win helped Shillong Lajong move up to the seventh position in the points table. This is Shillong Lajong’s first ever win of the I-League.

Shillong Lajong will next take on Mumbai FC on January 28.

Final Score:

Shillong Lajong FC 2 (Rupert Nongrum 17′, Asier Diapanda 42′) beat Minerva Punjab FC 1 (Loveday Enyinnaya 90’+)

Hero of the Match – Rupert Nongrum

HIL 2017 Match 1: Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays share spoils

Mumbai, Jan 21: Dabang Mumbai held two-time champions Ranchi Rays 3-3 in the opening game of the fifth edition of Hockey India League at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium here on Saturday. Continue reading “HIL 2017 Match 1: Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays share spoils”

Saina reaches finals of 2017 Malaysia Masters GP

Sarawak (Malaysia), Jan 21: Former World No 1 Saina Nehwal advanced to the finals of the USD 120,000 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament at the Sibu Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

Saina registered an easy win in the semi-finals, winning her match against Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin in just two games 21-13, 21-10 in 32 minutes. She has also won all her previous matches in just two games. She will face Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand in Sunday’s final.

Saina took her own time to get her bearing against Yin, who raced to an early 7-5 lead and consolidated her position to reach 11-6 lead at the interval. However, Saina fought back and opened up a four-point gap a few minutes later. She went on to win the game 21-13.

In the second game, Saina continued dominating show as she won the first six points before racing into an 11-5 lead. She closed out the game 21-10 to win the match and book her place in Sunday’s final.

PV Sindhu has won the title twice, in 2013 and 2016.