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May 15, 2013 8:30 PM SGT
Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) — Kalkātā (Kolkata), West Bengal
Referee:‬ M. Tojo‎
Attendance:‬ 8000‎
 
2′ Penn Orji
25′ Edeh Chidi
 
 
72′ Edeh Chidi
 
77′ Edeh Chidi
 

East Bengal 5-1 Yangon United: The Chidi show heralds a five star performance from the Red and Golds

A hattrick by Edeh Chidi saw East Bengal pump in five goals past a hapless Yangon United to book their berth for the next round of the AFC Cup...

By Kaustav Bera

East Bengal squad ahead of Pailan Arrows match, I-League
East Bengal FC
By Kaustav Bera 
with Atanu Mitra from the Salt Lake Stadium


East Bengal soundly thrashed Myanmar's Yangon United 5-1 at the Salt Lake Stadium in an AFC Cup Round of 16 encounter with a virtuoso performance from their Nigerian striker Edeh Chidi who scored a hattrick (25', 71', 76') along with goals from Penn Orji (2') and captain Mehtab Hossein (48'). Cezar Augusto added a consolation goal for Yangon in the 78th minute.

The Red and Golds had rested all their four foreigners in their last I-League encounter against Shillong Lajong which was nothing more than a dead rubber. Morgan's tactic which led to them losing against Lajong gifted them a marvellous victory today as they fired on all cylinders to gun down the visitors.

East Bengal started with its usual formation of 4-3-1-2 with Penn Orji playing as a withdrawn striker behind the prolific duo of Chidi Edeh and Andrew Barisic. Mehtab Hossain wore the captain's armband as their regular skipper Sanju Pradhan was left on the bench by the British gaffer. Ishfaq Ahmed and Lalrindika Ralte joined Mehtab on the midfield. Arnab Mondal returned to first team action after a nagging injury break. He partnered the dependable Uga Okpara at the heart of the defense. Naoba Singh and Soumik Dey completed the back quartet.

For Yangon United, it was a clumsy affair as five of their regular players were unavailable due to injury and card reasons. They lined up in their usual 4-4-2 formation with Kone Adame pairing up with Cezar Augusto upfront. The responsibility of defending largely rested on the broad shoulders of Michael Kvetkovski, who was the only regular defender present in the team.

Chidi who would go on to score a hattrick, started off by assisting Penn Orji's second minute strike which seemed to knock the wind out of Yangon allowing East Bengal to take complete control of the match. The hosts gradually took full control of the midfield, especially with Mehtab Hossain and Ishfaq Ahmed having a great day on the field. The two defensive midfielders of the Kolkata giants stole the ball with elegance and played the ball with aplomb to the towering strikers. Mehtab was the star of the show, as his accurate diagonal passes helped the team to change flanks effectively and tore apart the Yangon defense.

Just five minutes before the half hour mark, East Bengal doubled their advantage as the two frontmen linked brilliantly. Andrew Barisic found the Nigerian with an inch perfect pass and the poacher he is, Chidi made no mistake in burying it past the keeper.

The first half became quite drab in the last few minutes, with both the teams trying to build moves patiently. The scoreline read 2-0 during the break, with the hosts emerging as the clear favourites to win the tie.

It took them just three minutes after the break to make it three goals to the good. It was again after a great piece of play by the Nigerian who dribbled past three defenders before a neat dummy by Penn allowed captain, Mehtab Hossain to smash the ball at the back of the net with a terrific long range effort.

Midway into the second half,Yangon go back into the game and had its moments inside the East Bengal box. However, an alert East Bengal defense made sure that no casualties happened, even though a few good shots kept East Bengal custodian Abhijit Mondal busy. The best chance came their way in the 69th minute, when a ground pass was played past the East Bengal defense to Cezar Augusto in front of the far post. The Brazilian forward however failed to make a contact, much to the ecstasy of the home crowd.

This worked as a wake up call for the home team. Things got worse for the away side who looked completely clueless afterwards, as Chidi got a brace in the 71st minute after Naoba Singh found him unmarked in the penalty box. It was his second goal of the evening, as he received the ball calmly in the opponent box, before slotting it with perfection.

It took the prolific Nigerian another five minutes to complete his hattrick after a solo run as he beat the defenders with his pace, latching on to an excellent through ball by Mehtab and his powerful shot gave the goalie no chance.

Although Cezar Augusto of Yangon pulled one back just the next minute to give some balance to the scoreline, it was too little too late and in spite of even more chances that came East Bengal's way, the away side held on and the match ended 5-1, with East Bengal reaching the Quarter Finals.

This was arguably the match of the season for the Red and Gold, who pulled off a brilliant team effort to retain their long-standing fame of succeeding against foreign teams, The quarter finals will take place in September.


East Bengal F.C.

1
Abhijit Mondal
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Arnab Mondal
Defender
 - 
4
Uga Okpara
Defender
 - 
8
 - 
29
Saumik Dey
Defender
 - 
14
Mehtab Hossain
Midfielder
48′
 - 
8
Penn Orji
Midfielder
2′
 - 
20
Lalrindika Ralte
Midfielder
77′
 - 
10
Edeh Chidi
Striker
25′ 72′ 77′
 - 
27
 - 
27
Ishfaq Ahmed
Striker
 - 

Yangon United

 - 
-
 - 
3
 - 
6
 - 
-
Kyi Lin
Striker
82′
 - 
-
Aung Moe
Midfielder
67′
 - 
-
Zarni Htet
Midfielder
 - 
-
Yan Aung Kyaw
Midfielder
 - 
16
 - 
-
 - 
-

Substitutes

30
 - 
16
 - 
19
 - 
15
Sanju Pradhan
Midfielder
77′
 - 
34
Subodh Kumar
Midfielder
 - 
6
 - 
24
Cavin Lobo
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
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Aung Wai Phyo
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
Zaw Win
Defender
 - 
-
Sithu Aung
Midfielder
67′
 - 
-
Nay Win
Midfielder
 - 
-
Yan Naing Aung
Midfielder
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In SGT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Belencoso Belencoso
Striker
KSC
8 0
Omar Al Somah Omar Al Somah
Striker
AlQadsia
6 1
Nguyễn Văn Quyết Nguyễn Văn Quyết
Midfielder
Ha Noi TT FC
6 0
Cezar Augusto Cezar Augusto
Striker
Yangon United
5 0
Gonzalo Damian Marronkle Gonzalo Damian Marronkle
Striker
Ha Noi TT FC
4 3