INDIAN FOOTBALL

NorthEast United FC 2-0 SC East Bengal: Highlanders pile more misery on East Bengal

NorthEast United FC beat SC East Bengal 2-0 to win their second match of the season. It was a bottom-of-the-table clash as both teams were placed 10th and 11th respectively. The Highlanders came out on top, denying SC East Bengal their first win of the season.

SC East Bengal have failed to register a single win this term as they hit rock-bottom. Meanwhile, this victory helped the Highlanders climb the table. They are now 7th and only 2 points adrift from the top 4.

NorthEast United FC 2-0 SC East Bengal: The Game

East Bengal were ready for the challenge before them, having started strongly. They dominated possession and were the ones putting pressure on the Highlander’s defense. However, NorthEast United stood firm and dealt with the oncoming pressure well. The first clear-cut chance fell to East Bengal 28 minutes in. Michu misjudged a long ball from Mrcela which let Persosevic loose on goal. However, the keeper charged out to block Perosevic’s attempt.

After that the first half did witnessed neither a goal nor a clear-cut chances. Both teams did not take any risks and they played it safe. Lack of adventure and attacking intent from both teams resulted in a 0-0 score-line at halftime. However, NorthEast United came out with a different hunger in the second period. Khalid Jamil’s half-time talk clearly did wonders as the Highlanders looked a totally different side.

NorthEast began to play on the front foot. Their midfield play was far superior to that of East Bengal. The Red and Gold Brigade struggled to keep possession and the constant pressure from NorthEast United finally bore fruit. Ralte’s low drive pass in the 60th minute found Suahir VP at the far post. He managed to squeeze his shot past the keeper to give his side a well-deserved lead.

7 minutes later, the Highlanders doubled their lead through Patrick Flottmann. Imran Khan found the Australian defender at the far post unmarked with a delightful cross. The defender could not have asked for an easier goal to score as he successfully converted to score his first goal. The match ended in NorthEast United’s favor whose second-half performance proved too much for SC East Bengal.

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