NorthEast United defeated East Bengal 2-1 in the ISL2020-21 clash at Goa’s Fatolda Stadium on Tuesday.
ISL 2020-21: NorthEast United defeats East Bengal to maintain hope for playoffs. (@IndSuperLeague photo)
- East Bengal defender Saltac Gorui beat NorthEast United by one point
- NorthEast United defeat East Bengal 2-1 in ISL 2020-21 clash
- NorthEast United are in the top four of the ISL point table
NorthEast United approached the playoff berth by defeating 10 SC East Bengal 2-1 in an Indian Super League match at Fatolda Stadium on Tuesday.
A strike by Suhair Vadakkepeedika (48th) and an own goal by Sarthak Golui (55th) led NorthEast United to take the lead and SC East Bengal returned one goal in the 87th minute. With this victory, Karido Jameel’s team returned to the top four. Currently, he has scored 30 points in 19 games, and FC Goa has scored points in 3rd place.
NorthEast United only needs one point from the final league match against the Kerala Blasters to qualify for the playoffs. When Nim Dorji came on behalf of Ashtosh Mefta, North East made one change. East Bengal has made eight changes that lost to ATK Mohun Bagan as only Mattisteinman, Saltac Gorui and Rajugai Quad remained in XI play.
Despite the lack of patrons, SCEB made life in the northeast difficult. The Highlanders had some half-chance, but East Bengal successfully contained them. Milshad Michu saved early to reject Deshawn Brown from nearby when he struck Luis Mashad’s pass from inside the box with his toes.
Michu was forced to make another save when Shair tried to shoot from a distance. The rebound went to Machad, but the attempt was futile.
Machad and Brown then joined in set pieces, but the Jamaicans couldn’t bother Michu. SCEB’s Jeje Lalpekhlua had a chance in the 35th minute, but the header widened significantly.
There was no clear chance on either side, and the match was mostly limited to the midfield, so the team went up in the break.
The second session was on another North East side. They took the lead from the first chance of half. Imran Khan picked up the ball from the left, moved forward and sent an accurate through pass to Shair, who scored the first goal of the campaign.
After taking the lead, the Highlanders intensified their attacks and it didn’t take long to reach second place. But this time, it was own goals that doubled their lead.
Dorje hit the cross from the right and in an attempt to clear, Saltac sliced the ball from the shin behind the net.
Things got worse for the Kolkata team, who had to play with a man and a few men for the last 20 minutes. Guy Quad dropped Brown out of the box and the referee showed him a second yellow.
In less than five minutes on the clock, Sarthak redeemed himself with a great goal. Surchandra Singh delivered a free kick in the middle of Sarthak’s nod.
ISL 2020-21: NorthEast United near the playoffs after defeating East Bengal 2-1
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