East Bengal stopped Goa on par

Goa, 6 January (IANS). SC East Bengal, playing with 10 players from the 56th minute, held FC Goa to a 1-1 draw in their ninth match of the seventh season of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) played at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Wednesday.

East Bengal recorded their first win by defeating Odisha FC in their previous match but had to score points in the next match. She gained a total of seven points with one point from this match and has climbed one place to ninth position in the table of 11 teams. On the other hand, Goa have got 15 points from 10 matches and are still in third place. Goa have to split the points after two consecutive wins.

The first half ended with a goalless draw. In this half, Goa put their full strength and created many good chances to score goals, but East Bengal goalkeeper Debjit Majumdar wasted every opportunity.

Majumdar kept his team in the match with four excellent saves. During this time East Bengal also made some good originals but Goa’s defense was promptly denied them.

Talking about Majumdar, he saved East Bengal from scoring goals in the fifth, 36th, 39th and 44th minutes. In the fifth minute, Majumdar prevented Goa from taking the lead by flying flying over James Donnachie’s fine header.

Similarly, Majumdar thwarted the dangerous efforts of George Mendoza in the 36th minute and Sevier Gama in the 39th minute. Soon after, Majumdar saved East Bengal from scoring a goal by blocking a shot from captain Idu Bedia.

Majumdar continued his brilliant run in the second half as well and again proved to be a troubleshooter for his team, thwarting an attempt by Mendoza in the 46th minute.

Ankit Mukherjee of East Bengal got a yellow card in the 54th minute. Two minutes later, the Kolkata club suffered a major setback as captain Daniel Fox received a red card.

Fawkes received this red card due to his entanglement with Alexander Jesuraj. Now East Bengal was forced to play with 10 players. East Bengal made two changes in the 66th minute. In the 67th minute his player Eran Amadi got a yellow card.

In the 67th minute, Goa made the first change. In the 72nd minute, Goa made two more changes. In the 73rd minute Jacques of East Bengal joined the referee’s badbook. Despite all these setbacks, East Bengal took the lead in the 79th minute, showing off their decades-old fighting instincts.

Bright Innobakher scored the goal for East Bengal, playing with 10 players, with the help of Maghoma. It was a great goal and a contender for the best goal of the season.

The joy of East Bengal could not last long as Super Sub Devendra Morgaonkar scored 1-1 in the 81st minute on a goal from Sevier Gama’s assist. Albatre Noguera of Goa got a yellow card in the 82nd minute. East Bengal converted in the 86th minute and Goa in the 87th minute.

A fine save by Injury Time prevented East Bengal from taking the lead and thus the match ended 1–1 and both teams were forced to score points.

–IANS

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