After narrowly missing out on the I- League title recently, Mohun Bagan now find themselves on the verge of elimination in the AFC Cup following a shock 2-5 defeat against Maziya Sports and Recreation Club of Maldives.
The crowd at Male’s National Stadium were treated to a spectacle in the Group E match as Maziya raced opened up early lead through goals from Yasfaadh Habeeb (13th minute) and Mohamed Umair (27th minute).
When Alexsander Rakic (45th) added a third from a narrow angle just before the half-time, the game appeared over as a contest.
Straight after the restart, Mohun Bagan, who needed a win to stay afloat in the tournament, pulled a goal back through Kingshuk Debnath (48th minute).
However, they quickly fell further behind as Abdulla Asadhulla struck from the penalty spot before Rakic (60th) added a second.
Jeje Lalpekhlua added a consolation from the spot in the 78th minute, but could not prevent Maziya earning a win which puts them in a commanding position to claim a top two spot in Group E.
Mohun Bagan, who missed out on I-League title by a whisker to Aizawl FC, now have just three points from four matches. They have two games in hand — against Bengaluru FC at home on May 17 and against Abahani Limited in Dhaka on May 31.