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  • 25 April 2012
  • • 18:30
  • • Ali Muhsen Al-Muraisi Stadium, Sana'a
  • Referee: Khurram Shehzad
  • • Attendance: 600
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Al Orouba 4-1 East Bengal: The Red and Gold continue their winless streak

Al Orouba 4-1 East Bengal: The Red and Gold continue their winless streak

Anselm Noronha

East Bengal lose their fifth game on the trot in the AFC Cup, while a win keeps Al Orouba's chances of progress still alive...

Yemen's Al Orouba defeated East Bengal at the Prince Mohammed International Stadium 4-1 to keep their chances of progressing into the knockout rounds alive. Paul Effiong Duke scored a brace in the first half ( 6', 11') while Abdellah Sharyan (59') and Yaser Al-Gabr (71') netted the other goals for the Yemeni side. Edmilson Marques was the goalscorer for the Red and Gold.

Al Orouba made an ideal start to the game as after just six minutes in the game, Duke scored from a stunning freekick giving the East Bengal custodian no chance at all.

Gurpreet Singh was beaten again by another Duke free-kick 11 minutes before the halftime as the Nigerian midfielder picked out the top corner with another skillfully executed set-piece.

After the break, it was the home side again who scored their third, as Abdellah Sharyan scored just a minute before the hour mark.

Singh handed Al Orouba their fourth goal 19 minutes before the fulltime as he made a complete hash of a delivery into his area and Al Gabr took advantage of the situation, firing home easily to make it 4-0 for Mohammed Saleh's side who were now in with a shout of progressing.

The match finished on a high note for the Indian club as Trevor Morgan's side scored the first goal of their AFC campaign as half time substitute Edmilson beat the Al Orouba goalkeeper to score a consolation goal.


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