CFL 2017: East Bengal 5-0 Tollygunge Agragami - Report and three things we learned
Willis Plaza East Bengal Mohun Bagan I-League 2017
East Bengal collect crucial three points ahead of the Kolkata Derby in Calcutta Football League on Sunday....

East Bengal thrash Tollygunge Agragami 5-0 in their penultimate Calcutta Football League (CFL) match on Tuesday at their home ground. Willis Plaza netted a hattrick while Laldanmawia Ralte and Nikhil Poojary scored the other two goals for the hosts.

It was a cakewalk for the Kolkata giants against Subhash Bhowmick's side ahead of the all important Kolkata Derby on Sunday. East Bengal took the lead in the first half when Plaza headed in from Chullova's corner. Plaza had got one more opportunity to score but his effort was brilliantly stopped by Tollygunge custodian Sourav Roy.

The floodgates opened in the second half when the Trinidad and Tobago forward doubled his tally by dribbling past three defenders inside the box and calmly finishing. Experienced defenders like Deepak Mondal and Chika Wali failed to stop the striker from scoring the second one.

Plaza completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute from Chullova's assist. The goal was a result of a brilliant movement architected by Al Amna and Lalramchullova. Khalid Jamil replaced both Al Amna and Plaza after the third goal to protect them against injuries ahead of the derby.

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Laldanmawia Ralte and Nikhil Poojary took East Bengal's tally to 5-0. Danmawia Ralte too could have scored a hat-trick had he been a little more clinical. He missed two easy chances from one on one situation.

As East Bengal collect full three points with a convincing performance against Tollygunge Agragami, here are the three things we learned from the match:

Willis Plaza regains long-lost form in style

East Bengal's Trinidad and Tobago international forward has finally regained his long-lost form and what a way to announce his arrival ahead of the Kolkata Derby? After saving East Bengal's day against Mohammedan in the mini-derby by scoring the equalising goal, Plaza netted a scintilating hattrick today to guide his team to glory. The second goal of the striker especially was worth remembering as he dribbled past three Tollygunge defenders inside the penalty box and found the back of the net with a calm head.

East Bengal defenders had a good day in office

Another good news for the East Bengal fans is that the defence looked compact in today's match against Agragami after a long time. The backline of the Red and Golds never looked convincing from the very beginning of the season. Khalid Jamil started today's match with Gurwinder Singh and Arnab Mondal in the central defence. The experienced Indian duo did a commendable job and made sure the Tollygunge attackers never really threatened.

A much needed confidence booster ahead of Kolkata derby

After a disappointing draw in the mini-derby against Mohammedan Sporting on Saturday, the 5-0 victory over the minnows came as a confidence booster for Khalid Jamil's men ahead of Sunday's bigger test. The Kolkata derby is now a title decider where the winner will walk away with the title. The attackers have found their scoring boots are looked in good shape.