ACL qualifiers: Shandong Luneng FC vs Mohun Bagan AC- As it happened...

Shandong Luneng FC were too good for Mohun Bagan in the AFC Champions League qualifying game in Jinan.

Updated: Feb 02, 2016, 17:52 PM IST
ACL qualifiers: Shandong Luneng FC vs Mohun Bagan AC- As it happened...
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New Delhi: Defending champions of the I-League, Mohun Bagan, on Tuesday crashed to a 0-6  in the AFC Champions League qualifying game at the hands of Shandong Luneng FC.


VIDEO - Wang Yongpo (89')

The referee blows the final whistle to put Mohun Bagan out of their misery. It finishes 6-0 in Jinan.

Substitution for the visitors.

89'- It's 6-0 now thanks to Wang Yongpo.

86'- Final substitution for the home side.

Substitutions for Shandong.

77' - GOAL

Zheng Zheng adds a 5th for the hosts.

VIDEO - (Zheng Zheng 77')

VIDEO - Yang Xu (68')

68' - GOAL

Yang Xu scores his second of the afternoon, and it's now 4-0 to the hosts. It's a rout in Jinan.

Sanjoy Sen makes a change. Kean Lewis comes on for the visitors.

Montillo shoots, but his effort is well over the crossbar.

VIDEO - Yang Xu (56')

Sony's shot from Dhanachandra's long throw is inches over the crossbar. The forward has been Mohun Bagan's best player by some distance so far.

56'- GOAL

Yang Xu makes it 3-0 for the hosts.

Raje makes an overlap run and feeds Jeje whose left-footer is saved by the keeper.

Sony tees up Pronay, but the midfielder's shot from outside the box is off the mark.

46' - Second half is underway in Jinan.

VIDEO - Montillo (22')

VIDEO - Tardelli (40')



Mohun Bagan will rue Norde's missed opportunity going in to the break. The home side is deservedly ahead after dominating the first half.

45'- One minute of time added on.

40'- GOAL

Diego Tardelli doubles Shandong Luneng's lead.

Sony Norde's brilliant shot misses target by a whisker.

Pressure is piling on the Mariners' defense.

35'- Shandong are clearly in the ascendancy. Debjit called into action again. The Mohun Bagan keeper is up to the task.

30'- Cross hooked in from the right, but Debjit collects the ball.

24'- GOAL!

The home team breaks the deadlock through Montillo​.

20'- Shandong on the attack - cross come in but is headed away from danger by Kinshuk Debnath.

19'- Bagan have a corner but the home side defends it without any trouble. 

10'- Still 0-0 in Jinan.

2'- Early corner for the home side but no damage done.

1' - KICK OFF! 

MOHUN BAGAN XI: Debjit, Luciano, Raju Gaikwad, Kinshuk, Dhanachandra, Jeje, Katsumi, Pronay, Sony Norde, Souvik and Prabir.

The home fans are out in full force to cheer their team on.

The legendary Mariner fans are in Jinan.

Shandong Luneng are the third-most successful club in China, with four league titles to their credit. Their best performance in the AFC Champions League was a quarter-finals finish in 2005.

Shandong Luneng FC squad:

Mohun Bagan squad

Match Preview

The green-and-maroon brigade beat Singapore's Tampines Rovers 3-1 in the first round qualifier to set up an away clash with the Chinese side, which finished third in country's Super League last season.

Mohun Bagan will also have to fight adverse climatic conditions as temperature in Jinan will be around 2 to 3 degree Celsius having played all their matches in India in the temperature hovering between 20-30 degree.

To make matters worse, their star striker Cornel Glenn, a former Trindad and Tobago World Cupper, has not been able to travel with the team due to visa related issues.

A lot will depend on how their Japanese recruit Katsumi Yusa and Haitian winger Sony Norde perform apart from in-form India international Jeje Lalpheklhua.

Shandong Luneng, who are known as 'Orange Fighters' has tied up with Brazil's Sao Paulo and most of their foreign recruits are either Brazilians or Argentines.

Striker Diego Tardelli, who has played 13 matches for the senior national team in 2009-10 season under Dunga, is one of their premier players. He was also one of the back-up players in the Brazilian national squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Argentina's Walter Montillo is an attacking midfielder, who has played for top Brazilian clubs like Cruzeiro and Santos besides donning the 'Albiceleste' colours six times in his career.

Shandong central defender Carlos Gilberto has had 182 appearances for the Brazilian giants Corinthians.

For Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen, this will perhaps be his toughest assignment after he took charge before the I-League in 2014.

It will be interesting to see whether Sen deploys an ultra-defensive strategy at the Jinan Olympic Stadium against a Chinese club which has a lot of age-group national team players.

The ones who have played for the senior team are striker Hao Junmin, who has 11 goals for his country. Defenders Zheng Zheng, Wang Tong and medeo Liu Binbin have also made appearances for the senior team.