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Durand Cup 2019: Salvo Chamorro Brace Helps Mohun Bagan Blank Mohammedan Sporting 2-0 In Opener

After a gap of three years, Durand Cup finally returned with Mohun Bagan taking on Mohammedan Sporting in the tournament opener at Salt Lake Stadium (Kolkata), on August 2

Durand Cup 2019: Salvo Chamorro Brace Helps Mohun Bagan Blank Mohammedan Sporting 2-0 In Opener
This is the 129th edition of Durand Cup, the world's third oldest football competition. | Courtesy: Twitter (@Mohun_Bagan)
Durand Cup 2019: Salvo Chamorro Brace Helps Mohun Bagan Blank Mohammedan Sporting 2-0 In Opener
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2019-08-02T21:10:02+05:30

A Spanish-flavoured Mohun Bagan dazzled with a brace by Salvo Chamorro as the Mariners kick-started the 129th Durand Cup with a 2-0 win over Mohammedan Sporting at Kolkata on Friday.

Just a minute after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the oldest tournament of Asia amid a heavy downpour, the former Barcelona B and Villarreal B forward clinically headed one home from a free-kick by his compatriot Joseba Beitia.

Also Read: Durand Cup Full Schedule, Venue, Live Streaming And More

20 minutes later, Chamorro virtually killed the contest with another brilliant header from a through ball by Ashutosh Mehta, giving their Spanish coach Kibu Vicuna a perfect debut.

Also Read: 'Thousands Of Fans Used To Come From Old Delhi To Watch Durand Cup'

Vicuna tested all his four Spanish recruits with Chamorro spearheading the attack along with fellow mates Beitia, while Fran Morante held the backline.

In the 59th minute, Francisco Gonzalez replaced Morante as they held on to the scoreline to give the 16-time champions three points from their group B opener.

Also Read: East Bengal FC Celebrates A Glorious Century

The Subrata Bhattacharya-coached Mohammedan Sporting pressed hard for a comeback and their best chance came at the stroke of half time, but Shilton Paul came out with a brilliant save to deny Ivorian forward Arthur Kouassi.

In the 82nd minute, there was a misunderstanding between Tirthankar Sarkar and Kouassi, as Mohammedan Sporting failed to covert another opportunity.

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