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1 November 2013
• Kalyani Stadium, Kalyani
J. Moga 64'
S. Doungel 77'
K. Tsewang 8'
F. Fernandes 10'
C. Dias 60'
Full Time Scoreline: East Bengal 2-3 Salgaocar. Concentrate on the Dempo- Mohun Bagan match for now. Stay tuned to Goal for all the updates from the game. I have been Atanu Mitra, and until next time, goodbye!
90' + 5'
Khabra with a great shot here, but Karanjit saves it will. He is now down with a cramp.
90' + 2'
East Bengal win a corner here, but the ball goes out for a goal-kick after a melee.
90' + 1'
Five minutes of injury time added. Moga tests Karanjit with a header, but it was too tame to go into the goal.
Nothing comes out from the corner and now an unnecessary foul to concede a free-kick in the midfield.
NARROW NARROW ESCAPE! Gnakpa does a rollover and he gets the better of three home defenders at one go. Abhijit however, pulls off the save of the day to settle it for a corner.
GURWINDER TAKES A LONG RANGE EFFORT! The defender becomes audacious and takes a shot, but it was a feet away from the crossbar. Good intent shown by him.
Francis Fernandes has also been taken out and Derrick trying hard to retain the lead. Can East Bengal pull another back here?
After a couple of corners for East Bengal, Khabra gives away the ball far to casually setting Gnakpa up for a counter-attack. Abhijit however was firm on his line and saves it well.
Is this going to be the most dramatic comeback of this I-League? only near 10 minutes to go.
Goal Seminlen Doungel
GOAALLL!! The youngster scores here! Seminlen Doungel unleashes a brilliant ground shot, which beats the experienced Karanjit to enter the target through the far post. What a strike from the man, whom East Bengal had released on loan last year.
East Bengal trying to build up from the right wing, Lobo looking strong here!
This looks like a new East Bengal side altogether. The changes have worked well, and the exclusion of Duffy has decreased the pressure on Uga-led defense.
Seminlen comes in for Chidi here. Let's check out here what the young player add to the East Bengal attack.
East Bengal looking for quick build-ups now. Good move from the Brazilian gaffer.
Gurwinder lucky not to get the marching orders! He headbutts Francis, though it didn't looked intentional. First man to go into the referee's book.
Yellow Card Gurwinder Singh
Falopa now injects Joaquim into the action as Ralte is taken off. The crowd hoping for a comeback now.
Goal James Moga
GOALLLLL!! MOGA SCORES ONE HERE! Brilliant brilliant header as he lobbed the ball over the onrushing Karanjit to pull one back. Good play from the striker here.
East Bengal in deep deep trouble now. Very bleak hopes of comeback left.
Goal Clifton Dias
GOAALLL!! Clifton DIAS scores here! After Francis sets Clifton up inside the box, the Salgaocar midfielder pulls off a brilliant volley to put the ball into the net.
East Bengal looking very week on the ball here. Joaquim starts warming up.
Duffy has ensured that the East Bengal defenders can't go on for overlaps as per their will here. Falopa's men once again find themselves outnumbered in the midfield.
The link-up of the East Bengal defense and midfield has gone from bad to worse. Even Mehtab finding himself out of position in some counter-attacks.
Khabra will now be employed in the right-back position while Baljit will try to feed the strikers with the balls. Good move from Falopa.
Baljit Singh warming on the sidelines. Naoba Singh will be taken off.
MOGA! The ex-Pune FC man headed the ball in the way of Chidi Edeh, but his partner in crime was too late to reach the ball. The ball goes out for a goal-kick.
Ralte concedes a silly foul in the midfield but fortunately for him, Umesh Bora was too shy to bring out his card from the pocket.
Colaco on a good overlap from the right, but Robert brings him down. The referee plays advantage and Abhijit was alert to save the ball from a Duffy shot.
Ralte pulls the trigger! The winger had a good shot on target but it was from too distant a position to give Karanjit any trouble.
After a good series of passes, Naoba plays spoilsport as his first touch was simply the worst of the match so far.
And we are off again! No half-time substitutions from Falopa.
I am Atanu Mitra, and follow me as I bring you all the action from the second half live.
The players are coming on to the ground once again and we are back as well. It will be interesting to see what changes Falopa brings to the table as his team has put up a shamblic effort.
We take a break here for 5 minutes and will return before the second half resumes. Can East Bengal stage a dramatic comeback here? Or will Salgaocar secure their first away victory over the Red and Golds in I-League? Stay tuned to Goal as the action returns in a few minutes.
The travellers, however, has shown what complete domination means, as they have forced the hosts to fall in their trap. Brilliant counter-attacking game, with Darryl Duffy and Francis Fernandes leading the charge. Derrick once again plays one of his usual masterstrokes.
East Bengal is well away from even securing the pass marks here, as the whole team finds itself in a jeopardy. Two strikers, who have been too static and a bit selfish as well. The Red and Gold supporters need a reality check here.
Half Time Scoreline: East Bengal 0-2 Salgaocar.
Though Mehtab and Khabra have tried to spread the game to thw wings, very low percentage of successful key passes has halted the attack. Falopa needs to bring on his plan-B now.
Salgaocar has dominated the play as per their will. Karma goes for another run down the wing, but the cross was weak and Abhijit holds it safe.
Moga finds himself the target of a bit of abusing from the gallery as he once again was very slow on the ball and failed to create anything from the balls supplied to him. Two off-form strikers struggling on the turf for East Bengal.
Chika Wali has been the star of the Salgaocar defense, as he has kept Chidi and Moga at bay. Shamblic link-up between the midfield and striking line of East Bengal has only helped him in the mission.
Cavin Lobo has been the odd man out, as he is the only one who has performed as per expectation for the Kolkata giants. Uga comes second in the ratings.
CHIDI with another half-hearted effort! After running down the middle, he goes on to the right end and takes a tame shot, only to see it get saved by Karanjit. Could have passed Moga, who was in a much better position.
UGA WITH A BRILLIANT TACKLE! After Robert failed to block Karma in the right flank, Uga puts in a timely tackle to snatch it from Duffy, who was well inside the six-yard box. Good defending from the Nigerian.
Lobo steals the show once again as he goes past all Salgaocar defenders to play the ball back to Moga, but the new recruit had gone on to an adavanced position. Lobo is injured here as he collides into the TEN Action card-boards.
Darryl Duffy is down with an injury and East Bengal had to send out the ball from what was looking like a brilliant build-up play. Unfortuante!
Robert has been the source of many topsy-turvy defending, as he has failed to track back after overlapping.
Francis challenges for the ball once again in a empty East Bengal defense, but this time Uga was in his position to manage the situation. Salgaocar relying on their usual counter-attacking game.
East Bengal running out of ideas here. If they are to win this match, they will have to rely on individual brilliance. Very bad show, except for the first two minutes.
KARANJIT ON TOP OF HIS GAME! After saving a Chidi shot, the ball went to Ralte, who showed a brilliant piece of skill as he went past Augastin on the left side of the box. But the shot from Ralte after the move was saved fabolously by Karanjit, before the Salgaocar defense cleared it.
LOBO TAKES A SHOT! After running for a good few yards, Lobo unleashes a brilliant effort to test Karanjit for the first time. His powerful shot, though was fisted easily by the visiting custodian.
East Bengal trying to build up from the middle, but Salgaocar is defending deep, giving them little chance to invade the box.
IS THAT THE REAL UGA OKPARA? Okpara was left stranded as Francis went on his usual daunting runs, but Abhijit was alert this time and saved the ball well. But why did Uga gave up chasing for no reason?
SHOT! MOGA! The South Sudanese striker took a powerful shot from the edge of the box, after Chidi played him the ball from the right flank. The shot, however, went agonishingly wide.
Chidi got a good chance in the Salgaocar territory, but loses his balance while dribbling Caetan Costa. It looks like another bad day for the Nigerian, who is going through a bad-patch.
East Bengal taking resort to the easy route of playing long balls blindly to the Salgaocar defense. No statement of intent from the Red and Golds.
East Bengal find themselves in great trouble now. Bad bad defending from the Falopa side.
Goal Francis Fernandes
ANOTHER GOAL NOW! SALGAOCAR DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Francis Fernandes went on for a great solo run and lobs the ball above an onrushing Abhijit Mondal, who came off the line to save his citadel. Brilliant finish by the Indian international.
Goal Karma Tsewang
GOAALLLL!!! SALGAOCAR ARE 1-0 AHEAD! After Francis Fernandes played a brilliant pass through the defense, and Duffy took a powerful shot which was saved by Naoba in the goal-line. But Karma Tsewang reached the spot soon and slotted it home beautifully to give his team an early lead.
Salgaocar looking strong here, looking to build up patiently.
Chika Wali once again got the better of Chidi in the penalty box. This time, though the defender was in an advantageous poisition.
Falopa going with a classical 4-4-2 today. Moga and Chidi signalling for long balls from midfield.
Good early possession from East Bengal. Chidi should have shown more alacrity on the ball to convert that chance.
CHANCE! Chidi Edeh was fed with a brilliant ball by Ralte inside the box, and a brilliant first touch by Chidi made Costa wrong-footed. But one extra touch then, and Chika Wali came to the resort of the travellers, blocking a Chidi effort from testing Karanjit.
Chidi got the ball in the right wing after an initial mess-up by Augastin Fernandes, but the other defenders were alert to parry the danger.
And as Umesh Bora blows his whistle, it's game on here in Kalyani!
I am Atanu Mitra and I will be taking you through the action for the next 90 minutes. No TV telecast of the match, and this remains your only way to follow all the action live from the stadium.
The teams are going through the pre-match handshakes, as the kick-off is only minutes away now.
The players are coming out of the dressing-room. The crowd greets them well with a roar. I can also spot two guys dressed in Manchester City kits in the gallery. Surprising!
Can East Bengal get the better of an in-form Salgaocar outfit? Or will Darryl Duffy lead Salgaocar to yet another victory? Stay tuned to find out as the action is ready to unfold.
The attendance has been low, which is not very surprising if we consider that the kick-off is scheduled at 2:30, that too on a weekday.
On the other hand, Salgaocar, who are currently occupying the pole position in the league table will try to continue their form in Kalyani following the impressive 2-0 win against United Sports last weekend. Derrick Pereira has made only one change in his side, bringing in Clifton Dias for Brian Mascarenhas in the midfield. Claude Gnakpa, the French member of the side has been left on the bench once again.
Marcos Falopa, the East Bengal coach has made a number of changes in the starting line-up. Raju Gaikwad, Goal’s top of the match of the last game finds himself again in the bench as Uga Okpara returns to first-team action after serving a one-match suspension. Gurwinder Singh will pair up with him at the heart of the defense while Robert retains his place in the left end. Abhishek Das, however has suffered a late knock and Naoba Singh will take his place as the right-back. Chidi Edeh and James Moga will play their usual roles upfront while Lalrindika Ralte and Cavin Lobo will try to provide the team with the much-needed width down the flanks.
Hello and welcome to Goal’s live coverage of another mouth-watering clash as East Bengal are set to face Salgaocar in an I-League match in Kalyani today.
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