East Bengal beat Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 to extend lead in the CFL
Do Dong-Hyun was the star of the show for East Bengal again scoring two outstanding goals as the defending Champions beat Mohammedan Sporting 2-1 in the 2015 Calcutta Football League. East Bengal now sit pretty on the top of the table with 13 points in their five matches in the tournament so far.
Do-Dong led the line for East Bengal while a lot was expected from Rana Gharami, scorer of Sporting’s last goal in the competition. A win for Sporting would have propelled them over the I-League club to the top of the CFL standings
The first opportunity fell for Mohammed Rafique in the 11th minute of the contest when he was played through on goal by the South Korean. Sporting goalkeeper Ishan Debnath was up to the task parrying away the shot from the 22-year-old.
The chance sparked the game into life as Bikash Jairu, new signing from Salgaocar, tried shot from distance which just went past the post. Sporting, on the other hand, created a chance of their own as Bernard’s header went just wide of the upright.
The South Korean youngster finally got an opportunity when he found some space in Sporting’s 18-yard-box, but for once his first touch let him down. Just when it looked like East Bengal were going to break through at the Barasat Stadium, Sporting came to life creating a flurry of chances as the half beckoned to a close.
Nurudeen Olawale had an opportunity to hand Sporting the lead, but his header was slightly off target going just over the crossbar. Basant Singh tried his luck from distance and almost opened his account when Bello Rasaq’s deflection almost guided the ball into the net.
The Do Dong-Hyun show
Sensing the danger posed by Sporting East Bengal coach Biswajit Bhattacharya made the first change of the game replacing Prolhad Roy by Shylo Malswamtlunga. The substitution worked wonders as Do-Dong ran onto a Mehtab Hussain pass beating three defenders in doing so and unleashed an unstoppable curling shot into the far corner to hand East Bengal the lead in the 66th minute of the match.
Sporting had a glorious chance to level up things when Arnab conceded a needless free kick at the edge of the penalty area. Nuruddin took the resulting freekick but Luis Barreto was upto the task pulling off a brilliant save to keep Bengal’s lead intact.
Sporting were made to pay for missing their chances as Malsawmtluanga put Do-Dong through one-on-one with Bikramjit Singh. The South Korean went past the defender as if he wasn’t there and beat Ishan to double Bengal’s lead. Ishant would have been disappointed with the goal as he was beaten on the near post by a shot that was at a stoppable height.
The goal seemed to put an end to Sporting’s resistance and although Kareem scored off an Akhtar corner in the last minute of injury time it proved to be no moe than a consolation goal for the Mohammedan Sporting.
Man of the match, Do Dong-Hyun, has now lifted East Bengal to the top of the CFL scoring seven goals in his five first games for the Kolkata outfit. East Bengal are chasing a record sixth consecutive CFL title this year.
East Bengal 1-0 Mohammedan Sporting
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East Bengal 2-0 Mohammedan Sporting
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East Bengal 1-0 Mohammedan Sporting
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