Mohun Bagan Super Giant will kick off their ISL 2023-24 season today playing against Punjab FC at Salt Lake Stadium. The defending champions will welcome the newly promoted club Punjab FC, who rose from the second division to the top tier. Juan Ferrando is leading the team with a number of star signings, including Australian striker Jason Cummings, Albanian Armando Sadiku, and Indian midfield duo Anirudh Thapa and Sahal Abdul Samad. While Anwar Ali will pair up in the defence with Hector Yuste.
Meanwhile, Punjab FC are high on morale after gaining the promotion to the Indian Super League (ISL). Punjab FC's addition to the Indian Super League brings a new addition to the Indian Super League. It will strengthen the Northern region.
First Half Begins!
The match between Mohun Bagan Super Giant and Punjab FC is underway.
05'| Good pressure by Mohun Bagan
The Mariners are pressing the debutants right from the very front to create some early chances.
10'| Mohun Bagan strikes first!
Jason Cummings scored a very scrappy goal but it's all going to count. He gave the home team an early lead just under 10 minutes.
13'| Mohun Bagan taking control
Mohun Bagan is looking comfortable on the ball and are enjoying some possession.
18'| Petratos tries his luck
Dimitri Petratos took a shot from distance but it was miles off the target.
23'| Punjab unable to find any rythm
After going down by one goal early, Punjab seemed to be facing some problem getting back in the game.
27'| Corner for Mohun Bagan
Cummings won a corner in search of a goal and it would give Mohun Bagan a chance to double their lead.
30'| Good defending by Punjab
Lhungdim recovered well after Punjab lost the ball cheaply in the midfield and denied Cummings a clean chance to score the goal.
36'| Petratos doubles the lead!
A beautifully taken goal by Mohun Bagan as they pass their way through the Punjab FC defence. All started with Jason Cummings playing an accurate ball to Liston Colaco who assisted Dimitri Petratos to score his first goal of the season.
37'| Chance for Colaco
Liston Colaco made a great solo run from the left flank and tested the keeper with a powerful shot, but it was saved.
39'| Yellow card for Talal
Talal was given the first yellow card of the match for diving to get a penalty.
41'| Yellow card for Martins
Glan Martins received a yellow card for a hard tackle.
45'| Good possession play by Mohun Bagan
Mohun Bagan are controlling the game in a very comfortable manner and are looking to see it through it half time.
4 minutes of additional time.
48'| Corner for Mohun Bagan
Dimitri Petratos took a shot with his right foot but it was deflected behind for another corner.
52'| Punjab takes one back!
Luka Majcen score Punjab's first goal of the hero ISL and it was triggered by Glan Martin's poor back pass.
57'| Petratos gets frustrated for being Offside
Dimitri Petratos is getting frustrated as he has been found offside for a couple of times now.
58'| Good pressure by Punjab
Punjab has been dominating from the start of the second half and it has not stopped inspite of them scoring a goal.
60'| Goal for Punjab but it's Offside
Punjab FC thought they've equalised through a header from a set piece but it was disallowed by the linesman.
62'| Substitution for Mohun Bagan
Manvir replaces Subhasish.
64'| Manvir restores the two goal lead!
Manvir Singh have scored with his first touch of the game with the help of a beautiful assist by Petratos and it was Sahal who started the move.
66'| Substitution for Punjab FC
Shereef and Singh replaces Prabhu and Karuthadathkuni.
69'| Substitution for Mohun Bagan
Boumous and Sadiku replaces Cummings and Petratos.
73'| Match delay
74'| Substitution for Punjab
Fernandes and Pandre replaces Talal and Pandre.
79'| Substitution for Mohun Bagan
Hnamte and Suryavanshi replaces Martins and Samad.
80'| Corner for Mohun Bagan
Manvir's low cross into the box was cleared away by the Punjab defence and in the process won a corner.
82'| Sadiku's free kick was close
Sadiku's free kick was close but it misses the target.
85'| Chance for Mohun Bagan
Sadiku couldn't finish it off and settle the game for Mohun Bagan as he hit the ball straight to the keeper.
88'| Substitution for Punjab
Ricky Shabong replaces Brandon Vanlalremdika.
6 minutes of additional time.
92'| Ricky tries his luck
Ricky took a shot from outside of the box but it was way off target.