The defending champions started their campaign with a draw against an unfancied Rangdajied side as they were left to rue a missed penalty from Chidi Edeh...
East Bengal and Rangdajied United played out a 1-1 draw at the MDS stadium, Manjeri in a group B encounter of the Federation Cup. The north eastern side took the lead through Kim Yong which was cancelled in the second half by James Moga.
Armando Colaco started with Chidi Edeh and James Moga upfront with Uga Okpara returning to the starting eleven after recovering from an injury. Santosh Kashyap too named all his foreign players in the line-up in what was a strong Rangdajied starting eleven.
The first chance befell East Bengal as Joaquim Abranches found himself in a one-on-one situation with Surjay Pariyar but the Rangdajied keeper came out on top in that particular battle.
Three minutes later, there was a chance at the other end as Edmar Figueira volleyed his effort straight to Gurpreet Singh between the posts for East Bengal.
In the 20th minute though, Figueira was involved again as his pass to Kim Yong led to the opening goal as the striker tucked away his finish to give Rangdajied the lead.
David Nghaite then sent his effort just over the bar in the 22nd minute before Kim nearly scored again on the half-hour mark as his shot fizzed across the face of goal.
Ryuji Sueoka did manage to find the back of the net however it was ruled out by referee C.R.Srikrishna as the Japannese was said to have fouled the custodian in the process.
In the 45th minute, Chidi Edeh's header nearly just in front of goal forced Surjaya to make a save on the goal-line.
Seven minutes after the break, Rangdajied came close to doubling their tally however Edmar’s free-kickwas just about saved by Gurpreet in goal.
The Red and Gold were finally rewarded for their efforts when James Moga equalized to level the scores in the 56th minute.
Rangdajied came close to doubling their tally but Edmar Figueria's free kick was well saved by Gurpreet.
East Bengal though were finally rewarded for their constant pressure when striker James Moga put the Kolkata outfit back on level terms. The South Sudanese striker’s shot from inside the box took a slight deflection which was enough to beat the Rangdajied custodian.
Midway into the second half, striker Manandeep Singh, who had just come on for Mum Mum Lugun in the 64th minute, was stretchered off after being at the end of a bad tackle.
The Shillong-based outfit came close to taking the lead late in the game through Kim Yong but the DPR Korean saw his header come off the woodwork which was turned out to be the last chance of the game as the two sides shared the spoils.
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