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Durand Cup 2019 : East Bengal vs Bengaluru FC, Live Commentary and Updates

FT : East Bengal 2-1 Bengaluru FC
Updated: 14 August 2019 19:54 IST - Published: 14 August 2019 17:44 IST
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FULL TIME : East Bengal 2-1 Bengaluru FC

A game of two halves to be precise. A sloppy East Bengal side turned the tables in sheer fashion in the second half as a Bidyasagar Singh brace takes the Kolkata Giants into the Sem-Finals. Bengaluru Reserves put up a very strong fight till the end but were beaten down to finishing and experience in the final third.

Stay Tuned to Sportskeeda for all the news and updates from Durand Cup. This is your host Sayak Dipta Dey (@sayakdd28) signing off. 
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90+5' Bidyasagar Singh shown yellow. 
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90+3' Bengaluru FC with a last ditch challenge for the goal get in a ball from the right for Ajay Chhetri but Abhishek Ambekar is right on his spot to cut short the looming danger. 
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Additional Time : 4 Minutes. 
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86' Final Change for Bengaluru FC :

OUT - Biswa Kumar Darjee (16)
IN - Akashdeep Singh (22)
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83' Samad Ali Mollick gets in a tasty ball from the right but there is no Red Shirt at the end of it to slot the ball home. 
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80' Substitution for Bengaluru FC :

OUT - Sairutkima (6)
IN - Rakesh Singh (5)
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76' Substitution for East Bengal :

OUT -  Kamalpreet Singh (5)
IN - Samad Ali Mollick (25) 
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75' Pintu Mahata with a belter of a shot from distance forces Aditya Patra to make a full-stretched save. 
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73' GOAAAAAAAL! It is Bidyasagar Singh yet again. Keeping himself calm and composed, Bidyasagar finishes the chance off to give East Bengal the lead. 
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70' Substitution for East Bengal :

IN - Naorem Tondmba Singh (14)
OUT - Lalrindika Ralte (20)
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68' Bengaluru FC create two half-chances but somehow fail to score much to the relief of the East Bengal defence.
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65' Substitution for Bengaluru FC :

IN - Advait Shinde (8)
OUT - Edmund Lalrindika (7)
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63' Series of crosses and corners for East Bengal from the left as Menendez's men continue their hunt for the second goal. 
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59' GOAAAAAAAAL! Bidyasagar Singh with a left-footed shot first time against the run of play levels the scores! It is game on here in Kolkata. 
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57' Lalrindika Ralte brings down Leon Augustine just outside the East Bengal box. Noarem Roshan Singh steps up to take the free-kick and sends it straight to Lalthuammawia Ralte.
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55' Sairut Kima had taken a knock and is being treated by the Bengaluru FC Medical Team.
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53' Lalrindika Ralte gets in a corner from left. Bengaluru FC clear the danger. 
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51' Colado earns back possession at the left, cuts-in and sets up Bidyasagar inside the box whose shot ricochets off a blue shirt to Brandon Vanlalremdika whose shot is parried away by Aditya Patra,
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48' Kamalpreet Singh finds Brandon Vanlalremdika inside the box with a long ball which is skied away,
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47' Fierce start for Bidyasagar Singh. He goes for goal from a very tough angle and almost scores.
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Substitution at Half-Time for East Bengal.

IN - Bidyasagar Singh (26)
OUT - Boithang Haokip (9)
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Second-half kicks-off. 
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HALF TIME : East Bengal 0-1 Bengaluru FC

A clueless East Bengal side fail to break the shackles of a disciplined Bengaluru FC side led by Naushad Moosa. Absence of midfield and good wingers is evident in East Bengal's play as a Leon Augustine goal against the run of play see the Young Blue side lead at the break.

Second-half ten minutes away. Stay Tuned to Sportskeeda.
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45+1' A curling free-kick is swung inside the box by Lalrindika but is cleared away by the away side.
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Additional Time : 1 Minute. 
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45' Kamalpreet Singh with a disappointing cross to Colado which is held on to by a on-rushing Aditya Patra. 
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43' Namgyal Bhutia is in some form today. He dummies past two defenders inside the East Bengal box but has no options to give it to and is eventually outnumbered by the East Bengal defence.
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40' Naorem Roshan Singh goes for a long ranger from distance, blocked by Borja Gomez. 
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36' Brilliant ball from Pintu Mahata splitting the Bengaluru defence to Boithang Haokip whose first touch results in an disadvantageous position from which he shoots way over the target. A delayed cross would have been a better option there. 
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33' A long throw from Suresh Singh Wangjam finds Leon Augustine's head which is flicked over his marker for goal and is just inches over the target. 
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30' Close! Pintu Mahata somehow manages to outrun his marker and gets close to the goal but is caught in two minds and shoots it past the goal. 
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28' Kassim Aidara gets in a ball from outside the box for Colado but Parag Satish is on his position to clear the danger. 
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24' East Bengal slow down the game by playing it among themselves to not allow Bengaluru FC the natural flow of the game. But, the home side need to make use of their possession. 
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21' Bengaluru FC are dominating proceedings suddenly. Something nobody would have predicted given their teams. 
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19' East Bengal have an attacking move of their own. Lalrindika Ralte gets in a corner but the away side recover the ball. 
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17' GOAAAAL! Namgyal Bhutia races past everybody on the wing who sets up Edmund Lalrindika inside the box. Lalrindika's shot riochets off the post and falls to Ajay Chhetri who fires it in for a Bengaluru FC lead. Surreal. 
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14' Bengaluru FC slowly growing into confidence as they have more of the ball now after a sloppy initial start. 
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12' Lalrindika Ralte's strike from the indirect free-kick hits the Bengaluru wall. 
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10' Pintu Mahata skips past Aditya Patra with a clear eye on the goal but he decided to play it to Colado who is brought down inside the box. The referee gives an indirect free-kick to East Bengal inside the box instead of a penalty, 
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8' Asheer Akhtar plays down Kamalpreet on the right whose first time cross finds Colado in the box to which he attempts side footed volley to fire it over the target. 
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6' East Bengal create space for themselves outiside the Bengaluru box after Abhishek Ambekar gets in a good ball in a bid to set up Colado but a timely challenge from Sairut Kima bails the Blues away. 
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4' Bengaluru FC hit East Bengal on the counter. Edmund Lalrindika finds Leon Augustine who fails to position himself in time to fire a shot. 
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2' East Bengal get a corner swing in from the right. Santos gets a head on it but the direction is missing. Bengaluru recover.
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0' Kick-off 
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The teams are out and greetings are being exchanged. The stands are sparsely filled. Kick-off next.
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East Bengal XI : Lalthuammawia (GK), A Akhtar, Borja Gomez, Jaime Santos, Boithang Haokip, Pintu Mahata, Kassim Aidara, Lalrindika Ralte (C), Brandon Fernandes

Bengaluru FC XI : Aditya Patra (GK0, Sairut Kima, Edmund Lalrindika, Shrivas, Darjee, Naorem Roshan Singh, Namgyal Bhutia, Ajay Chhetri, Suresh, Augustine, Gursimrat
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Hello and Welcome to Sportskeeda's LIVE Commentary of the Durand Cup 2019 clash between East Bengal and Bengaluru FC from the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. This is your host, Sayak who will keep you company for the next 2 hours or so.
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Stakes will be high when East Bengal face-off current Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC this coming week in the Durand Cup. The Kolkata-based side is riding high after back-to-back wins in the Durand Cup against Army Red and Jamshedpur FC but, lost to George Telegraph in the Calcutta Football League last week. A draw against Bengaluru will be enough for them to qualify for the semifinals. Meanwhile, Bengaluru will need no less than a win to stay alive in the competition. These two sides have everything to play for when they lock-horns at the iconic Salt Lake Stadium on August 13.Thered and gold brigade has a much more balanced side, with its assortment of foreign and Indian footballers. After a 2-0 win over Army Red in their opening fixture, they thrashed Jamshedpur FC by a 6-0 margin. It  was in the last match that the players showed their class. Comprised of a young Indian contingent, East Bengal startled their counterparts from Jamshedpur with pace and skills.

Read our Match Preview here