One of India’s traditional powerhouses Mohammedan Sporting Club will lock horns with Indian Super League (ISL) side FC Goa in the final of the 130th Durand Cup at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata on Sunday.
The Mohammedan Sporting vs FC Goa Durand Cup 2021 final kicks off at 6:00 PM IST (Indian Standard Time) on October 3, 2021.
The competition, which began on September 5, has been an entertaining affair with many Indian players using the platform to showcase their skills at the national stage.
Mohammedan Sporting, two-time Durand champions, made it to the final following a convincing 4-2 win over FC Bengaluru United while the Gaurs got the better of their fellow ISL team Bengaluru FC on penalties in the other semis.
Mohammedan Sporting, who will be competing in their sixth Durand Cup final, had a slow start to their campaign but got their act together at the business end of the tournament.
A 1-0 win over defending champions Gokulam Kerala FC in the quarter-finals was followed by Bengaluru United’s rout in the semis.
Meanwhile, FC Goa have had a relatively easy passage to the title decider. The Gaurs topped their group stage with an all-win record and followed up with a 5-1 win over Delhi FC in the last eight. Though they had to dig deep against BFC in the semis, the team has looked good in the competition so far.
The two teams have been in good attacking form in the tournament. While Devendra Murgaonkar has been Goa’s go-to man in front of the goal, Marcus Joseph has led the Black Panthers in their goal-scoring department. Both have scored five goals each.
Apart from their strikers, other players too have dazzled in the Durand Cup, the third-oldest football competition in the world.
The 19-year-old Muhammed Nemil has lived up to his potential so far in FC Goa colours, while Azharuddin Mallick -- a Kolkata maidan regular -- has been a live wire for Mohammedan Sporting.
With the Salt Lake Stadium expected to see spectators on Sunday, these players will be keen to impress once again as they fight it out for one of the prestigious titles in Indian football.
Where to watch the Durand Cup 2021 final live?
The Durand Cup 2021 final will be telecast live on Sony Sony TEN 2 and Sony TEN 2 HD TV channels. Live streaming of the Mohammedan Sporting vs FC Goa match will be available on the AddaTimes app.