Salgaocar SC 4-0 East Bengal – Karim Bencherifa’s Side Dismantle The Red And Gold To Climb To Eighth In The I-League
Trevor Morgan's side fought well but were overpowered by the defending champions and suffered a heavy defeat...
By Anselm Noronha
Francis Fernandes scored the opener in the 23rd minute after the sending off of East Bengal captain Mehtab Hussain who picked two yellow cards in the 16th minute.
Ryuji Sueoka doubled the lead with a 67th minute goal before Elijah Junior added to the tally in the 85th minute, while Nirmal Chettri's own goal increased the margin to 4-0.
Salgaocar SC started the match without their captain Luciano Sabrosa, while East Bengal had to make do without the services of Uga Okpara and Naoba Singh.
It was the home side who had most of the possession in the opening minutes and understandly the first chance fell their way when Chidi Edeh was unable to control the ball onto his feet before Gurwinder Singh cleared the danger in the third minute.
East Bengal’s first foray in the attacking third came in the 13th minute after an initial shot by Tolgay Ozbey landed at the feet of Mehtab Hussain who shot wide of the right post from around 30 yards out.
In a turn of events, the away team’s skipper received marching orders after he received his second booking in the 17th minute for his lunge on Ryuji Sueoka.
Salgaocar, with a man advantage over their Kolkata rivals, tried to capitalise and almost surged ahead in the 21st minute, but Chidi’s snap-shot from inside the box flew a shade off the right post.
Two minutes later, Francis Fernandes scored the opener for the Goans when he controlled the ball on his left foot and shot past Sandip Nandy won the turn. The move started through Nicolau Colaco’s cross on the right that was headed back by Chidi Edeh on the far post.
East Bengal however try to hit back on the counter, but Baljit Sahni’s run inside the Salgaocar penalty area was well judged by keeper Karanjit Singh who was quick to come off his line to latch on to the ball first.
This was followed by events of controversy when referee C.R.Srikrishna refrained from giving a free-kick to East Bengal while Harmanjot Khabra would thank his stars for not joining his skipper in the dressing room for a two footed lunge.
Before the end of the first half, Salgaocar’s Tomba Singh saw his long-ranger shave past the top right corner after some good work by Francis Fernandes in the penalty area.
Trevor Morgan started the second half with two changes, bringing in Khanthang Paite in place of Reisangmi Vashum and introducing Seiminlen Doungel for the ineffective Baljit Sahni.
Doungel did manage to add some pace to the away side’s attack, although it was Salgaocar with the early break in the second half when Chidi’s cross from the left was a bit too high for Sueoka in the box. It did eventually find Francis on the right whose shot on the volley sailed just wide.
Around the hour mark, Tolgay Ozbey missed on an opportunity to equalise when he failed to head in from close distance amidst a goal-mouth melee.
Completely against the run of play, Sueoka stormed ahead and let go a right-footer that was saved by Sandip Nandy, but on the rebound fell back to the Japanese who made no mistake the second time in doubling his side’s lead in the 67th minute.
The first piece of action involving Salgaocar substitute Elijah Junior, who came in place of Ishfaq Ahmed, saw him being denied a penalty after Nirmal Chettri allegedly brought down the Nigerian in the 70th minute.
Paite did force a save off Salgaocar keeper Karanjit Singh in the 77th minute, which was before Karim Bencherifa’s side surged ahead 3-0 in the 85th minute.
Junior released substitute Marcus Marcarenhas who did well to get past Sandip Nandy on the far left and passed it back across the face of the goal for the former to tap in before the ball was dummied by Sueoka. He could have made it 4-0 in the 88th minute, but his shot was blocked by Sandip Nandy.
It couldn’t have gone worse for East Bengal as deep into the injury time, they went down 4-0 as Nirmal Chettri's headed a Nicolau Colaco's cross that went past an outstretched Sandip Nandy into his own net.
The Red and Gold's need to pick themselves up from this defeat and focus on their next game against Air India. Salgaocar SC shall hope to build on the momentum of this victory and thereby defend their league title.
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