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January 2, 2012 2:00 PM IST
 
25′ Penn Orji
Henry Ezeh 51′
74′ Penn Orji
 

East Bengal 2-1 Air India – Trevor Morgan's Side Close The Gap At The Top Of The Table

Penn Orji's brace helps East Bengal beat Air India in a close encounter at the Yuba Bharati Krinangan in Kolkata....

By Goal.com

I League,East Bengal vs Air India
AIFF
East Bengal got their year off to a great start as they defeated Air India 2-1 in a 13th round I-League encounter, played at the Yuba Bharati Krinangan, Kolkata on Monday.

Penn Orji turned out to be the savior for the Kolkata unit scoring once in the 25th minute, and the winner in the 74th minute after Air India had equalised early in the second half through Henry Ezeh in the 51st minute.

Santosh Kashyap started the match without Sandesh Gadkari, Mohammed Shafi and Kali Alaudeen while Trevor Morgan's side were missing the services of Mehtab Hussain, who was ruled out due to suspensions.

East Bengal dominated early on in the match with Robin Singh hitting the post from a header in the 13th minute.

Thereafter, East Bengal continued to exert pressure on the Air India defence and eventually Penn Orji scored the first goal for Red & Gold, placing the ball over the goalkeeper after defender Pratik Chowdhury failed to clear the ball.

In the 34th minute Robin Singh struck the post a second time off a flick and the score stayed 1-0 till half time.

However, in the 51st minute, Air India equalised when Henry Ezeh scored off a cross.

Just when it looked like the match would end in a tie, Man of the Match Penn Orji scored a second goal with a powerful strike from a Sanju Pradhan pass.

East Bengal held on to the lead for the rest of the match to register a win which takes them to second in the table, tied on 26 points with Churchill Brothers, who still have a game in hand.

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East Bengal F.C.

30
0.00
29
Saumik Dey
Defender
0.00
4
Uga Okpara
Defender
0.00
33
Nirmal Chettri
Defender
0.00
7
Harmanjot Khabra
Midfielder
0.00
33
Saikata Saha Roy
Midfielder
0.00
8
Penn Orji
Midfielder
25′ 74′
0.00
25
Sushant Mathew
Midfielder
0.00
15
Sanju Pradhan
Striker
93′
0.00
20
Tolgay Ozbey
Striker
0.00
9
Robin Singh
Striker
47′
0.00

Air India F.C.

0.00
25
Harshad Meher
Goalkeeper
0.00
18
0.00
4
0.00
6
0.00
38
Rahul Bheke
Midfielder
0.00
4
0.00
15
0.00
-
Royston Dsouza
Midfielder
0.00
15
0.00
36
0.00
7

Substitutes

6
0.00
12
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
14
Henry Ezeh
Striker
46′ 51′
0.00
20
Allan Dias
Striker
64′

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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