Saturday, February 19, 2011

HAL vs Mohun Bagan: This match big match!

Come tomorrow, Sunday the 20th Feb and HAL will be up against the team that they defeated in the first leg. Payback time for Mohun Bagan as they lock horn against the aircraftsmen and that too at their own backyard!

The aircraftsmen will be missing the service of the ever-dependable Xavier VijayKumar, who is serving one match suspension due double booking (against East Bengal and JCT).

Both the teams practiced today at the match venue, Shree Kanteerava Stadium in the morning. HAL looked dead-serious at the practice session, seems they have a plan to keep Bagan at bay.

HAL team management is hopeful, they reckon It is anybody’s match and the team perform well on that very day would be the winner.

Apart from missing crucial players, Bagan TD looked like a worried man, thanks to the football pitch. National-level football is being played here after many years, and the ground is uneven, with bald-patches in many place. Minutes after Mohanraj started practicing, he experienced a groin pain, and was out of practice for the entire session. 

Bhowmik recollected the 70’s decade, where he played at the same ground, which was in much better condition. It’s a crucial situation for him  - needs to garner full points, also ensuring the players are free from any kind of injury.

For HAL, it is nothing but keeping up to the same performance that they displayed in their away match.

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