Mohun Bagan Super Giant clinched a 2-1 win in their second game of the AFC Cup 2023-24 group stages against Maziya S&RC at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. The Mariners got the lead in the 28th minute, after an impressive goal from Jason Cummings. MBSG had a big opportunity to double their lead in the 40th minute, but Cummings and Dimitri Petratos made a huge mistake in the penalty attempt. They failed to replicate the Lionel Messi-Luis Suaurez 'pass penalty' attempt. Wada scored a brilliant equalizer in the 45th minute to bring Maziya back into the game. Jason Cummings then came up with a 92nd-minute winner to help his side get a thrilling win.
"The most important thing is to think about our own performances and mental state. We have a lot of matches in a short span and all are crucial for us. We must focus on ourselves, be ready and comfortable on the field, and create spaces to make the attacks effective."
"They (Maziya S&RC) have a good set of players and we need to make our attacks count. We are playing at home, and we only have six matches in the group stages. The home matches in the group stages are like a final and we must take more points here."
The Group D clash between Mohun Bagan Super Giant and Maziya is underway at the Salt Lake Stadium.
The Mariners are on the attack right from the starting whistle.
Elbezawy tries to cross from the left flank but cannot connect with the ball properly.
Glan does well to spot Sadiku's run and finds him with an accurate through ball. His pass went out of play and it looked like a Mariners corner but the referee pointed for a goal-kick.
Petratos provides a pass to Cummings. The ball takes a deflection off a Maziya player and goes out for a goal kick.
Colaco goes all the way inside the box. He goes for a cutback once he reaches the goalline but the ball is cut out for a corner.
Hamza cuts in and shoots at goal but Kaith is alert enough to get a hand to it. That was a good effort from the Maziya captain.
Hugo Boumous passed the ball to Cummings on the run. Cummings does well to keep the ball under pressure and take a shot from the edge of the Maziya box. The shot beats Shareef, hits the woodwork, and ends up in the back of the net.
The Mohun Bagan defence switched off for a moment. Kaith does well to guard his near-post and deny the equaliser.
Armando Sadiku is brought down inside the box by Jocic. It seemed like a nudge but the referee points to the spot. Maziya players protest but the referee sticks to his decision.
Cummings tries a cheeky move by trying to pass the ball for Petratos. Antic was way ahead of Petratos and he got to the ball before the Australian and cleared the danger.
Wada gets the ball at the edge of the Mohun Bagan area. He goes for a shot at goal and makes an excellent connection as the ball flies to the top corner. Kaith dived at full stretch but could not get a hand.
Two minutes were added at the end of the first half.
A goal each by Cummings and Wada keeps the scores level between Mohun Bagan Super Giant and Maziya at the break
The second half between Mohun Bagan Super Giant and Maziya S&RC kicks off at the Salt Lake Stadium.
MBSG keeping the ball. They have to gain the momentum once again.
Regan makes a huge mistake with a sloppy pass at the back. Petratos climbed on the loose ball and pulled off a shot, but Shareef made a solid save to deny him. The rebound falls to Cummings, who shoots on target, but Shareef makes another save to keep the scores level.
sub: IN- Fasir OUT- Raif
Hector Yuste sees a yellow card.
IN- Nazeem Iruffan OUT- Hamza, Wada
IN- Sahal, Subhasish OUT- Petratos, Anwar
Colaco provides a pass to Cummings but the latter lays off the ball to Sadiku. Antic slides in to concede the corner.
Brendan Hamill sees the yellow card.
IN- Haishan OUT- Naiz
It has been all Mohun Bagan in the second half.
Seven minutes were added at the end of the second half.
Nazeem sees a yellow card.
Cummings scores his second goal of the match. Sahal shows his class by providing an excellent pass to Cummings. He made a good run inside the box. He nutmegs Shareef to put the ball inside the net.
Sahal sees a yellow card late in the match but he is not happy with the decision.
Cummings scored a late winner as Mohun Bagan defeated Maziya by a 2-1 scoreline in their 2nd fixture of the AFC Cup at the Salt Lake Stadium.