East Bengal stun league
leaders Mahindra United
Defending champions East Bengal continued their resurgence by getting the better of leaders Mahindra United 2-1 in an absorbing but temper-scarred National Football League tussle
in Kolkata on Thursday.
After sliding to a lowly eighth spot in the league table
with four consecutive defeats, the glamour side have now won
three matches on the trot to signal a strong comeback in the
Following a barren first half, which saw East Bengal
dominate but muff up several rosy chances, the match came
alive after the breather, when all the three goals were scored
within a space of eight minutes.
Mahindra, pushed onto the defensive by relentless East
Bengal raids, went ahead against the run of play in the 66th
minute through S Venkatesh, but their joy was shortlived as
the home side drew parity barely two minutes later.
The modest crowd at the Salt Lake stadium breathed a sigh
of relief as substitue Dipendu Biswas headed into goal following a
free-kick for the equaliser, before Ghanaian Suley Musah capped a sparkling
performance by netting the winner with a powerpacked 74th
The match was, however, marred by a display of
frayed tempers by players of both sides, making it increasing-
ly difficult for Tamil Nadu referee Pradeep Kumar to keep the
situation under control.
Mahindra were reduced to ten men for the last ten minutes after their reliable wing back Anthony
Pereira was given marching orders for rough play.
With today's win, East Bengal have 20 points while
Mahindra stay on 23. Both have played 13 matches.
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