Bengaluru, August 9: The 129th edition of the Durand Cup kicked off in Kolkata with Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting playing the opener at the Salt Lake Stadium, where the Kolkata giants were victorious with a 2-0 win. But it is still at the early stages and a lot of action is left in the tournament.
The tournament, which is held from August 2-24, has returned with 16 teams in four groups, six from Indian Super League and six from I-League and four from the Defence services.
Every team is allowed to enlist a minimum of 22 players in the squad while they can allow 27 at max for a team. However, only four foreigners will be allowed in the team and only three can be named in the starting line-up.
Each top side from every group will progress into the semi-finals. The winner of Group A will face the winner of Group D while the winner of Group B will face the winner of Group C in the semi-final.
Bengaluru FC, East Bengal, Jamshedpur FC, Army Red
Mohun Bagan, Navy, Mohammedan Sporting Club, ATK
Chennai City FC, Real Kashmir FC, FC Goa, Army Green
Gokulam Kerala FC, Chennaiyin FC, TRAU FC, Air Force
Prize money details:
The tournament winners will win a cash price of Rs 40 lakh. The runners-up will get Rs 20 lakh and the two semifinalists will collect Rs 5 lakh each.
The usual venue for the tournament had been Delhi but this time around, it is set to take place in three different parts of West Bengal – Kolkata, Siliguri and Kalyani. Salt Lake Stadium, East Bengal Ground, Mohun Bagan Ground, Kanchenjunga Stadium and Kalyani Stadium.
Fixtures - (2nd August TO 18th August)
2 August 2019 Mohun Bagan vs Mohammedan (2-0)
3 August 2019 East Bengal vs Army Red (2-0)
5 August 2019 Indian Navy vs ATK (1-1)
5 August 2019 Bengaluru FC vs Army Red (1-1)
6 August 2019 East Bengal vs Jamshedpur FC (6-0)
7 August 2019 Real Kashmir vs Chennai City (1-0)
8 August 2019 Goa vs Army Green (1-0)
8 August 2019 Mohun Bagan vs ATK (2-1)
8 August 2019 Gokulam Kerala vs Chennaiyin (4-0)
9 August 2019 Jamshedpur vs Army Red; (2-2)
9 August 2019 TRAU vs Indian Air Force; (0-1)
10 August 2019 Army Green vs Real Kashmir; (0-4)
10 August 2019 Mohammedan vs Indian Navy; (6-2)
14 August 2019 Indian Air Force vs Gokulam Kerala; (0-3)
14 August 2019 Chennai City vs Goa; (1-2)
14 August 2019 East Bengal vs Bengaluru; (2-1)
16 August 2019 Chennaiyin vs TRAU; (Abandoned due to bad weather)
16 August 2019 Mohammedan vs ATK; (0-1)
17 August 2019 Bengaluru FC vs Jamshedpur; (3-3)
17 August 2019 Goa vs Real Kashmir; (0-0)
17 August 2019 Mohun Bagan vs Indian Navy; (1-0)
18 August 2019 TRAU vs Gokulam Kerala; (1-4)
18 August 2019 Chennaiyin vs Indian Air Force; (0-0)
18 August 2019 Chennai City vs Army Green; (2-1)
Semi-Final: 21 August
East Bengal vs Gokulam Kerala; (1-1; 2-3 after penalties)
Mohun Bagan vs Real Kashmir; (3-1 AET)
Final – 24 AUGUST:
Gokulam Kerala vs Mohun Bagan; 6.30 PM IST
How and where to watch?
The group stage matches will not be telecasted on television but can be streamed via mobiles and PCs by Addatimes website. They also have an app on the playstore. The semifinal and final match although will be live televised via Star Sports 3 and live-streamed via Hotstar.