The three Kolkata giants - East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, and Mohammedan - failed to win their opening fixtures in the 2019 Calcutta Football League.
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After the postponement of holders Mohun Bagan AC's opening fixtures, the 122nd edition of the Calcutta Premier Division got underway on 27th July.
In a game of two halves, India failed to capitalise on a two goal lead and instead defensive lapses saw them catapult to a defeat against Tajikistan in the opening match of the Hero Intercontinental Cup 2019.
Thailand found the imperious Adil Khan to be a thorn in their side as the War Elephants slumped to a narrow defeat in the third place play-off match against India.
A physically and technically superior Curaçao team defeated India comfortably, but not before a clutch of Indian debutantes demonstrated that there is much promise and a way forward.
Sethu FC rallied from a goal behind and produced a second half performance for the ages to beat Manipur Police in the 2018-19 Indian Women's League final.