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February 27, 2013 3:00 PM IST
Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) — Kalkātā (Kolkata), West Bengal
Referee:‬ T. Shamsuzzaman‎
Attendance:‬ 3000‎
 
 

East Bengal 1-0 Selangor FA: Ralte hands Trevor Morgan's side three points at home

The Red and Gold bag an important win thanks to a first half goal scored by Lalrindika Ralte to give his side a positive start to their AFC Cup campaign...

By Atanu Mitra

Lalrindika Ralte, East Bengal vs Pailan Arrows, I-League
East Bengal FC

East Bengal defeated Malaysia's Selangor FA by a solitary goal to register a win in their Group H opener of the AFC Cup, played at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, on Wednesday. The 3 points ended East Bengal’s 21-match winless streak in the competition.

Selangor’s Ramez Dayoub had been given a life-ban yesterday by the Lebanon FA due to match fixing allegations and the team had to take the field without their regular defender. East Bengal however, took the opportunity to field four foreigners and started with the prolific duo of Chidi Edeh and Andrew Barisic upfront. Penn Orji took his usual slot in the withdrawn role behind the two strikers. Selangor defended in a 4-5-1 formation which changed to a fluid 4-2-3-1 while attacking. Forky Doe was the lone striker for the Malaysian side.

The hosts looked well-organized from the first whistle of the match. They created more chances than their Malaysian counterparts. The first chance came their way in the 4th minute when Barisic was unable to find the net after receiving a through ball from Penn Orji. It was only one minute later when a Chidi header from a corner hit the bar. The next good chance came their way in the 12 th minute when Barisic went very close to scoring the first goal, but the Selangor defense was well aware and cleared the ball from a dangerous position.

The visitors stuck to their passing football and concentrated on retaining possession. Doe was instrumental in creating several threatening positions that the East Bengal defense had to deal with. He took a weak shot at Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in the 17th minute and his left footed ground shot went just wide of the far post 7 minutes later. But from then, the East Bengal midfield started to control the proceedings. Lalrindika Ralte was at his best, snatching and passing the ball with elegance. The young Indian international paired up with Sanju Pradhan and Penn Orji to cause plenty of trouble to the Selangor defense.

The best chance of the day fell to Penn Orji in the 28th minute when Chidi Edeh supplied him the ball at the edge of the six yard box with no defender around him. The Nigerian midfielder however, failed to score, as his powerful shot went straight into the hands of the goalkeeper. Selangor also had their share of chances and East Bengal defense was under serious threat when Doe had a shot on target, only to be thwarted brilliantly by Gurpreet.

Lalrindika Ralte then broke the deadlock and scored the all important goal in the 44th minute, when his top-corner bound left footed shot went into the net, giving the hosts the deserved lead.

Second half was also no different, with the Malaysian side struggling to cope with the absence of a few of their first team players. The visiting team’s midfielders could not reach the level of the hosts and there were only a handful of chances created. Doe certainly was the star of the day for them, creating a few chances all by himself. The support expected from the attacking midfielders was missing though, only adding to his agony. East Bengal, though put up a brilliant performance in the second half also and created more openings.

However, they failed to add to their tally as Barisic missed a sitter in the 80th minute and Sanju’s long range shot was saved well by Bin Razali. The Selangor defense had a hard time dealing with the fluid movement of Sanju Pradhan, Penn and Ralte. However, Bin Jasuli, the right back of the Malaysian side performed well and most of East Bengal’s attacks down his wing were nipped in the bud by him. Sanju’s mazy runs down the wings and Ralte’s watchful and probing passes created plenty of chances for the hosts. The scoreline could have easily been 3-0 in East Bengal’s favour, had Penn and Barisic converted the easiest of chances.

East Bengal will now fly to Vietnam in the next set of Group H games, to play against Xuan Thanh Sai Gon FC.


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East Bengal F.C.

30
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2
Raju Gaikwad
Defender
21′
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4
Uga Okpara
Defender
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29
Saumik Dey
Defender
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7
Harmanjot Khabra
Midfielder
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14
Mehtab Hossain
Midfielder
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15
Sanju Pradhan
Midfielder
88′
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8
Penn Orji
Midfielder
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20
Lalrindika Ralte
Midfielder
43′
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10
Edeh Chidi
Striker
84′
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27
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Selangor

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1
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4
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-
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18
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6
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13
Raimi Nor
Midfielder
77′
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17
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Michal Kubala
Midfielder
80′
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23
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10

Substitutes

1
Abhijit Mondal
Goalkeeper
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8
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16
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19
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6
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9
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24
Cavin Lobo
Midfielder
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Substitutes

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25
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6
Fairuz Aziz
Defender
69′
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15
K. Gurusamy
Midfielder
80′
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16
 - 
19
Afiq Azmi
Striker
87′

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