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September 17, 2013 4:30 PM IST
Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) — Kalkātā (Kolkata), West Bengal
 
70′ Ryuji Sueoka
 

East Bengal 1-0 Semen Padang: Sueoka's strike gives Falopa's side the advantage

After Vashum, Moga and Chidi Edeh missed easy chances, it was left to the Japanese attacker to come off the bench and hand East Bengal a vital lead to take to the second leg...

Ryuji Sueoka,East Bengal F.C. vs Semen Padang : AFC Cup
East Bengal FC

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By Ayush Srivastava with Atanu Mitra at the stadium

A profligate East Bengal held off an energetic Semen Padang, to register a 1-0 win in the first leg of their AFC Cup quarter-final clash, held at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

Substitute Ryuji Sueoka proved to be the difference between the two sides, as he scored the all important winner in the 70th minute.

Initially, East Bengal had left the Japanese player on the bench, opting for Chidi Edeh and James Moga upfront, while Cavin Lobo was also handed a start.

Meanwhile Arnab Mondal and Uga Okpara were consigned the task of keeping in check Semen’s Liberian goal-machine Edward Wilson Junior, who started upfront for the away side.

Both the sides looked to go on the attack from the start, though both looked to hit long balls to their strikers, in a bid to unsettle the defenders of the opposition.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu though, was the goalkeeper who had to make the early save, as he did well to keep out a Muhammad Nur Iskandar strike, after Wilson Junior had done well to create an opening down the left flank.

Lalrindika Ralte replied with an effort of his own for East Bengal, but his well hit shot took a deflection and went for a corner, which was met by Uga Okpara, but the defender failed to direct it goalwards.

Ronaldo Moro then missed a glorious chance when after Yu Hyunkoo tested Gurpreet with a shot that dipped before the keeper, the rebound fell in front of Ronaldo Moro, who missed a sitter.

Both the sides though, failed to keep up this early tempo, and the game visibly slowed down thereafter, until R. Vashum left the East Bengal bench with their head in their hands, missing an open goal, after Chidi Edeh had done well to set him up.

With Moga looking very slow and cumbersome upfront, Semen started dominating the game, with Gurpreet forced into a couple of regulation saves.

Ralte then had a half-chance which he failed to convert, with the Red and Gold grateful for the half-time whistle, having looked short of match fitness in the first half.

They started the second half in the same fashion though, as only Gurpreet’s timely intervention prevented Titus Bonai from having a clear shot on goal.

Eventually Falopa had to call-in Ryuji Sueoka from the bench, to add some urgency to his side.

However James Moga and Chidi Edeh then missed two presentable chances in a row, with the latter even dribbling past the keeper and then failing to hit the target.

That proved to be the last bit of action Moga saw in the game, as he was promptly substituted in favour of another new signing, Joaquim Abranches.

However Wilson almost made the hosts pay for their mistake, when he showed his class to manufacture a shot out of nowhere, but was unlucky to see it come off the post.

While Iskandar and Titus Bonai continued troubling the East Bengal defense, Ryuji Sueoka on the other end showed his worth, as he put Falopa’s side ahead, with a clinical finish from the edge of the box in the 70th minute, to give his side the all-important lead.

While the away side went out in full force thereafter, looking for an equalizer, East Bengal themselves looked a better side, with the substitutes having helped them raise their game.

With Uga Okpara in good form at the back, Semen proved unable to equalize, as the hosts held on for a vital 1-0 win, as they gear up for the second leg in Indonesia.

 

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East Bengal F.C.

30
 - 
8
 - 
3
Arnab Mondal
Defender
 - 
4
Uga Okpara
Defender
 - 
29
Saumik Dey
Defender
 - 
12
Reisangmi Vashum
Midfielder
54′
 - 
20
Lalrindika Ralte
Midfielder
 - 
14
Mehtab Hossain
Midfielder
 - 
10
Edeh Chidi
Striker
87′
 - 
15
James Moga
Striker
62′
 - 
24
Cavin Lobo
Striker
 - 

Semen Padang

 - 
22
 - 
2
Novan Setya
Defender
 - 
11
 - 
5
 - 
16
 - 
10
 - 
22
Edward Wilson
Midfielder
 - 
6
Yu Hyun-Koo
Midfielder
60′
 - 
17
 - 
25
 - 
8
Elie Aiboy
Striker

Substitutes

26
Abhra Mondal
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
 - 
17
 - 
11
Ryuji Sueoka
Midfielder
54′ 70′
 - 
2
 - 
28
 - 
9
Alvito D'Cunha
Midfielder
87′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
31
Fakhrurrazi
Goalkeeper
 - 
13
 - 
12
Jajang Paliama
Midfielder
 - 
15
Hendra Bayauw
Midfielder
60′
 - 
18
Akbar Ohorella
Midfielder
 - 
7
Rudi
Midfielder
83′
 - 
9
Muhammad Rizal
Midfielder
75′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In IST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Belencoso Belencoso
Striker
KSC
8 0
Omar Al Somah Omar Al Somah
Striker
AlQadsia
6 1
Nguyễn Văn Quyết Nguyễn Văn Quyết
Midfielder
Ha Noi TT FC
6 0
Cezar Augusto Cezar Augusto
Striker
Yangon United
5 0
Gonzalo Damian Marronkle Gonzalo Damian Marronkle
Striker
Ha Noi TT FC
4 3