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What a game this has been. It ebbed a nd flowed in the first hakf before Wedsin produced an absoliute peach of astrike to give East Bengal the lead. But, before Bebgaluru could even build a comeback they were undone by a Robin Singh blitz in the early minutes of the second. Vineeth than scored what proved a consdolation with five minutes to go.
In every title race there are resullts that define a season. I’m going to stick my neck out and say that this win could be the making of East Bengal maiden I-League triumph. For the Blues its back to the training ground as their season of transition rolls on. Good night from Bengaluru.
90+7′ There goes the fulltime whistle and what a result this is for East Bengal.
90+5′ Shot from distance has Rehenesh scrambling but goes well wide.
90+3′ Udanta’s cross is blocked for a corner and as played in the referee blows for a attacker’s foul.
90+1′ We are into six minutes of added time. Udanta is played but shoots wide.
90′ Lenny with a shot from distance earns a corner which gets cleared.
88′ Vineeth gets a yellow or arguing with the referee.
86′ Another ball into the box by Bengaluru and as Rehenesh spills a melaes ensues and Daniel amosts smashes it in but its cleared.
85′ Goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal Bengaluru Vineeth ppulls one back. Low ball by Udanta and the striker scores.
82′ Bengaluru corner and Chhetrimisses with a free header at the far post.
81′ Substitution Bengaluru Harmanjot off Lyngdoh on .
80′ Chhetri with a love piece of skill almostproduces the spectacular but gets a corner.
78′ Vinneth with a low ball in to Udanta but Gurwinder comes in with a diving tackle.
76′ EB corner punched away by the keeper only as far as Rafique who shoots wel over and wide.
75′ Watson’s short corner comes to Mandar who shoots wellover.
72′ Another EB cross is half cleared and a second shot is blocked.
70′ Watson’s free-kick cleared and a shot comes on from distance which is just over.
68′ Chhetri tries to take a quick free-kick and Rafique gets in the way. That sees the India skipper infuriated and he lashes out at the striker and then when the referee tries to step in appears to push him away after already having got a yellow. Make of that whatyou will.
66′ Jhingan ha just lunged in with two feet and gets a yellow. I tell you what he’s a lucky boy thay could well have been a sending off.
64′ The crowd have had their voices knocked out by the blitz frpm one of their former players.
61′ Substition East Bengal Robert off Narayan on. Substitution Bengaluru. Ralte off Mandar Rao on.
60′ GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL East Best Bengal. Robin Singh has put this one to bed. Cross from the right chested down by the Payne into the path of Robin who tucks into the net for a brace.
57′ Substitution for East Bengal. Wedson is off injured and Rafique is on.
54′ GOAAAAAAAAAAAAL East Bengal dounble their lead. Robert’s cross and Robin is at hand with a bullet header. He does not celebrate but is swammped by teammates.
53′ Watson’s cross to Chhetri is cleared. He loads up again and this time Chhetri heads it back on the penalty spot for Daniel but he can’t keep his shot down.
51′ Chhetri tries to curl but it goes wide.
48′ Bengaluru with the first chance of the half as Chhetri shoots wide.
47′ There has been a substitution for Bwengaluru at the break. Salam Ranjan off Daniel on.
46′ We are back on in the second half.
A wonderful half of football. Both teams had half chances before East Bengal’s two best players in Bukenya and Wedson combined with the latter unleashing a rasping shot that nestled in the top corner. The Blues had a spell of pressure thereafter but EB haave had the better of the half by a distance. A massive 45 minutes of football coming up for both teams. Grab a snack and join us in a bit.
45+2 There goes the whistle for HT. Draw a breathe everyone.
45+1′ We are into two minutes of added time.
45′ Udanta beats two but has his crosses blocked for a corner which is easily cleared.
43′ This has been an exhilrerating half of football and we said this game would be a good one.
40′ Khabra’s pass and Udanta’s cross to Vineeth but when it looked like a like a simple tap in Bukenya is there to clear.
39′ Big chance for EB to make it two. Payne misses Payne can’t beat the keeper in a one-on-one and Juanan clears the rebound before Robin and get on it. The corner is easilt cleared away.
37′ Mehtab fouls Chhrettri and concedes a free-kick. Ralte takes it and gets a good ball in which is cleared.
36′ At the other end Vineeth’s curling strike is well over.
35′ Vineeth put through on goal shoots straight at Rehenesh.
34′ Watson with a corner and Chhetri with a looping header that goes well wide.
31′ Vineeth cuts in from the right and tries to curl one but it goes hjust wide.
30′ Past the half hour mark and Rehenesh relatively untroubled except for that early cross from the right.
28′ The Blues now have it all to do.
25′ Bengaluru corner easily cleared.
23′ GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL East Bengal. A Bengaluru attack is cleared. Bukenya finds a great long ball to Wedson whi beats Juanan with a drop of the shoulder and bends one straight into the top corner.
21′ Ralte fouls Robin and concedes a free-kick. Its lifted in and cleared for a corner. The corner is taken short and nothing comes of it.
20′ Another early cross from Bengaluru but once again Bukenya is there with the header.
18′ Udanta with a nice and burst of pace down the right but a heavy tough takes the ball away from him as he tries to cross.
16′ Robert’s near post corner easily cleared.
15′ EB cross headed away for corne by Jhingan.
13′ Vineeth leads the Bengaluru counter but his deep cross towards Ralte is just cleared but Khabra has his attempted cross blocked.
12′ Wdson tries one ftrom distance but it goes well wide.
10′ Udanta tries to break down the right but Bukenya comes in with a textbook sliding tackle.
7′ Bengaluru counter and as Vinetth tries to turn and shoot Bukenya is s there to block.
6′ Payne finds Borges who slices his shot wide.
5′ Udanta opens up the play with a ball down the right and as a criss comes in Rehenesh punches. The loose ball comes to Chhetri whose shot is blocked.
3′ Both teams still settling in as the ball is hit long at either end.
1′ We have kickoff in Bengaluru.
07:00pm The teams arte coming out and kickoff is next stay tuned this promises to be ablockbuster.
06:55pm This is a must win game for both teams. Bengaluru have a game in hand and a win in this one as well as the one in hand will get them straight back into the title race. East Bengal are top of the table on goal difference, but arch-rivals Mohun Bagan have a game in hand.
06:50pm East Bengal XI: TP Rehenesh(GK); Robin Gurung, Gurwinder Singh, Ivan Bukenya, Robert Lalthlamuana; Mehtab Hossain, Rowllin Borges, Wedson Anselme, Nikhil Poojary; Christopher Payne, Robin Singh.
Substitutes: Subhasish Roy Chowdhary, Md Rafique, Narayan Das, David Lalrinmuana, Mehtab Singh, Romeo Fernandes, Anwar Ali
06:45pm Bengaluru FC XI: Arindam Bhattacharya (GK); Sandesh Jhingan, Juanan, Salam Ranjan Singh; Harmanjot Khabra, Lenny Rodrigues, Cameron Watson, Sena Ralte; Udanta Singh, CK Vineeth, Sunil Chhetri
Substitutes: eegan Pereira, Seimenlen Doungel, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Alwyn George, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Calvin Abhishek, Mandar Rao Dessai
06:40pm Lets bring the teams.
06:30pm Hello and welcome to the I-League game between Bengaluru FC and East Bengal. This is your host Srinivasan Mohan at Kantereeva Stadium.
Pictures Via I-League Media