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September 21, 2012 7:00 PM IST
Kanchenjunga Stadium, Siliguri
 
Edeh Chidi 10′ (PG)

Sporting Clube de Goa 1-1 East Bengal - Victorino Fernandes salvages a point for the Flaming Oranje

Chidi Edeh had opened the scoring from the spot in the 10th minute, before substitute Victorino Fernandes equalised just 3 minutes after joining the fray....

By Ayush Srivastava

East Bengal, Chidi, Federation Cup
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East Bengal conceded a late second half equalizer, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sporting Clube de Goa, in a Group C encounter at the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri.

Chidi Edeh had put the Kolkatan side ahead in the 10th minute from the penalty spot, while Victorino Fernandes leveled the scores in the 82nd minute. Mehtab Hussain meanwhile got sent off in the 86th minute after getting booked for a second time.

The game started with Trevor Morgan’s side exerting the early pressure with Chidi Edeh proving to be particularly difficult for the Goan side to deal with. The striker won a freekick in the 3rd minute, but Mehtab Hussain’s effort was a poor one and posed no danger for Matthew Gonsalves in Sporting’s goal.

East Bengal were then handed a penalty, after Penn Orji was brought down by Rowllin Borges. Chidi Edeh made no mistake from the spot, handing his side the lead in the 10th minute.

Morgan’s side continued to up the ante and Edeh had another glorious chance in the 18th minute, as he was played in by Baljit Sahni, but the former Salgaocar striker’s shot was just off target. Right back Naoba Singh then found Edeh, but the striker yet again failed to hit the target.

New foreign recruit Bong Bertrand had the first opportunity for the Flaming Oranje, close to the half hour mark, but his header from a Dawson Fernandes cross went just wide of the target.

Eventually the referee bought the half to a close, with Morgan’s side full value for their 1-0 lead.

The Goans came out all guns blazing in the second half, trying to test the opposition backline with crosses into the box, a test which Uga Okpara and his fellow defenders dealt with competently.

After an alert Abhijit Mondal had thwarted Kalu Ogba, Sporting eventually equalized, as substitute Victorino Fernandes latched on to a through ball by Kalu and completely deceived the East Bengal defense with his turn, before slotting the ball home confidently, to make an instant impact after coming on.

East Bengal then went on the other hand, trying desperately to score a winner, but their task was not helped by Mehtab Hussain getting a second yellow card to earn his marching orders.

In the end Trevor Morgan’s side had to be content with just a point, as the match ended with the scoreline tied at 1-1.



Sporting Clube de Goa

13
Ashok Singh
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
Keita Boubacar
Defender
 - 
24
Rovan Pereira
Defender
 - 
3
 - 
23
Rowllin Borges
Midfielder
 - 
7
Mackroy Peixote
Midfielder
 - 
11
Jovel Martins
Midfielder
 - 
8
Ogba Kalu Nnanna
Midfielder
 - 
8
Adil Ahmed Khan
Midfielder
79′
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-
Bong Bertrand
Striker
 - 
10
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East Bengal F.C.

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1
Abhijit Mondal
Goalkeeper
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8
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4
Uga Okpara
Defender
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16
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29
Saumik Dey
Defender
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7
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8
Penn Orji
Midfielder
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14
Mehtab Hossain
Midfielder
86′
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27
Ishfaq Ahmed
Midfielder
70′
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6
 - 
10
Edeh Chidi
Striker
10′ 90′

Substitutes

18
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14
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Substitutes

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36
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34

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