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East Bengal 2-0 Chennai City, As It Happened, Federation Cup 2017

East Bengal 2-0 Chennai City, Full-time
Updated: 09 May 2017 18:01 IST - Published: 09 May 2017 17:49 IST
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That's all from us today. Stay tuned for more Federation Cup action with Sportskeeda. Until next time, goodbye!
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East Bengal 2-0 Chennai City
Shots 14-14
Shots on target 12-7
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East Bengal finally get their Federation Cup campaign underway with a 2-0 win over Chennai City. The Red and Golds were lent a helping hand by Robin Singh, who netted a brace. A crucial win for East Bengal ahead of their key clash against Aizawl on Thursday.
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Full-time: East Bengal 2-0 Chennai City
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90+5' East Bengal are down to 10 men as Bukenya has to leave the pitch due to a heavily strapped forehead.
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90+4' With less than 90 seconds remaining, East Bengal are almost home as Didika again shoots from range. His effort is weak and held by Karanjit.
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90+1' 5 minutes of time added on here.
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89' Didika tries one from way out, but his shot goes high and wide. East Bengal are enjoying themselves on the pitch now. Should this 2-0 scoreline be the full-time result, Chennai City's Federation Cup hopes will rest on Churchill Brothers beating Aizawl later today.
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86' Chance for East Bengal to go three goals up!

Rafique runs into a good position down the left-hand side of Chennai City's box, but he shoots way wide of target instead of cutting the ball back.
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84' We are six minutes plus stoppage time away from full time as East Bengal have all but sealed this game. They are now looking to run the clock down.
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83' Substitution for East Bengal

Robin OFF Didika ON

What a birthday for Robin Singh, who becomes the joint top-scorer of the Federation Cup 2017 with today's double.
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81' Robin's two goals have surely led to Chennai City shoulders dropping. The minnows gave a commendable account of themselves in the 2nd half before Robin's penalty took the wind out of their sails. 
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The India international joins Balwant Singh and Laldanmawia Ralte as Federation Cup's top scorers with two goals.
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77' Robin scores his brace as he coolly converts from the spot. 
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77' GOOOAAAALLLL!
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76' Ravanan handles the ball inside his own box and East Bengal now have a golden chance to go two goals ahead.
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76' PENALTY FOR EAST BENGAL!
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74' Yellow card count: East Bengal 5-1 Chennai City
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73' Yellow card for Debabrata as the defender brings down Robin here. That is Chennai City's 1st booking of the match. 
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72' Chance for East Bengal!

Plaza runs clear on the right flank before crossing for Robin, whose downward header is somehow kept out by Karanjit. East Bengal are beginning to create chances now.
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70' The game is being slowed down here by Lobo's injury, which seems minor. East Bengal are slowly gaining more control as Chennai City show signs of tiring. 
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66' Anselme goes off to be replaced by Rafique. East Bengal need fresh legs and Rafique fits the bill for the Kolkata giants.
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65' Nandhakumar and Abhishek Das have worked a treat as a partnership down the right-hand side. Another piece of interplay between the two finds Das in a crossing position, but the ball goes out of play. The resulting corner is headed over the bar by Ravanan.
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63' Chance for East Bengal!

Plaza has shooting space but the striker's fierce shot is straight at Karanjit, who gets his hands on the effort on goal. First clear-cut chance there for East Bengal in the 2nd half.
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61' East Bengal finally look to have some semblance of control in the 2nd half as they keep possession for a sustained period for the first time this half.
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Foul count: East Bengal 10-2 Chennai City 
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57' East Bengal look shaken here by Chennai City's early 2nd half onslaught. They need some inspiration now to relieve the pressure. 
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55' Chance for Chennai City!

Lalnummawia's effort at curling one in from a pretty central area goes wide. Chennai have East Bengal rattled here as they go full throttle for an equaliser.
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52' East Bengal are stuttering here as Gurwinder brings down Charles to earn a booking. Chennai City look primed to score here from the resulting free-kick but Debabrata Roy's fine effort hits the post. East Bengal survive!
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50' East Bengal haven't got going in the 2nd half so far. They are being pushed back by Chennai City's relentless pursuit of an equaliser.
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46' Early chance in the 2nd half for Chennai here as Lalnunmawia gets a shot away after being put clear by a fine pass from Nandhakumar. The forward's shot is a weak one but Subhasish can't keep it in play and concedes a corner.
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46' The 2nd half kicks off.
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East Bengal have just edged this first half and that is reflected in the scoreline. The Red and Golds had a golden chance to double their lead when Plaza rounded Karanjit but the Trinidadian missed an open goal. That keeps Chennai City in the hunt for the second half, which starts in a few minutes.
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Half-time

East Bengal 1-0 Chennai City
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45+2' WHAT A MISS BY EAST BENGAL!

Plaza goes round Karanjit but he drags his left-footed shot wide. That was the game there for East Bengal.
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45+1' 3 minutes of stoppage time added.
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45' Robin Singh scores the opener after a defensive mistake by Chennai left Karanjit with no chance. The India international slots the ball into an empty goal.
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45' GOOOAAALLL FOR East Bengal!
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41' Robin turns and takes a shot but his weak effort goes wide. East Bengal have looked rather disjointed in attack so far.
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40' Substitution for Chennai City

Soosairaj OFF Lalnunmawia ON
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38' Soosairaj looks to be a trouble here as he is stretchered off. The forward has been in pain ever since Mehtab brought him down 3 minutes ago.
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35' Could it be trouble for the already booked Mehtab? The East Bengal midfielder brings Soosairaj down but he stays on for now. With more than 60 minutes left, Mehtab can't afford to slack off again.
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31' Both teams have passed the ball well before they reach the final 3rd. East Bengal are being guilty of seeking Robin far too frequently, while Chennai have time and again lost the ball against the rock-solid East Bengal defence.
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28' East Bengal must do better than this in the final 3rd. Borges's through ball is intended for no one as Jairu fails to make the run.
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25' There has been barely any inventiveness in the game so far with both teams playing the percentage game. Chennai are happy to sit back and defend whereas East Bengal haven't looked at their sharpest. The heat is seemingly unbearable here as both teams take a water break.
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21' Chennai hit on the counter with Charles but the striker fails to get past the towering Bukenya in East Bengal's defence. The Red and Golds have had it fairly easy in defence so far, but they will be cautious this time out, having conceded a late equaliser to Churchill Brothers last time out.
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19' Yellow card for Mehtab Hossain after a mini-scuffle between the East Bengal midfielder and Zakeer Mundampara.
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17' Chance for East Bengal!

Plaza shows off some bit of trickery to create a shooting chance for himself but his left-footed attempt is deflected behind for a corner. The corner is cleared away by Caldeira.
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16' It looks as though Chennai City won't allow East Bengal many chances to score here. The onus is on the Red and Golds here to break past the so far resolute Chennai defence.
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14' Chance for East Bengal!

Robin hits a shot from the edge of the box but his fine effort is just tipped over the bar by Karanjit. Chennai City survive.