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I-League 2018-19 | NEROCA FC v East Bengal | As it happened

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedOct 27, 2018 16:03 IST

FT : Neroca 0-2 East Bengal

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16:03 (IST)27 OCT 2018

FULL TIME : Neroca FC 0-2 East Bengal

Neroca FC with lots of possession of the ball fail to penetrate into the East Bengal as the Red and Golds have been extremely disciplined at the back. An Enrique Esqueda individual brilliance stands the difference between the two sides.

Hero I-League Action continues as Gokulam Kerala host Mohun Bagan at 5 PM. Stay Tuned to Sportskeeda for further updates.

15:55 (IST)27 OCT 2018

90+2' Third and Final Change of the game for East Bengal :

OUT - Enrique Esqueda (9)
IN - Bidyasagar Singh (26)

15:54 (IST)27 OCT 2018

Additional Time : 5 Minutes 

15:51 (IST)27 OCT 2018

87' Jerry Pulamte goes down outside the box after being challenged by Johnny Acosta, Fraile at the touchline goes berserk as the referee denies the free-kick for Neroca. 

15:48 (IST)27 OCT 2018

83' Neroca still playing it ball among themselves and trying to build up patiently from the back, hoping for that one opening to split the East Bengal defence which looks highly unlikely. 

15:43 (IST)27 OCT 2018

78' Third and Final change for Neroca :

OUT - Malem Meitei (14)
IN - Jerry Pulamte (9)

15:39 (IST)27 OCT 2018

75' Neroca get in couple of crosses but nothing fruitful from either of the aerial balls into the box. However, Neroca still keep the ball. 

15:37 (IST)27 OCT 2018

72' Substitution for East Bengal :

OUT - Laldanmawia Ralte (17)
IN - Surabuddin Mollick

15:36 (IST)27 OCT 2018

70' Substitution for Neroca FC :

OUT -  Subhash Sigh (12)
IN - Ronald Singh (7)

15:34 (IST)27 OCT 2018

68' Neroca FC have lost their flow in the midfield and certainly need some creativity in the midfield to at least threaten the East Bengal goal. 

15:27 (IST)27 OCT 2018

63' Manoj Mohammed caught stamping on Malem Meitei at the right side and gets his name into the referee's book. Too many fouls and scuffles between the two teams in the last few minutes. 

15:26 (IST)27 OCT 2018

60' Substitution for East Bengal : 

OUT : Yami Longvah (21)
IN : Brandon Vanlalremdika (30)

15:23 (IST)27 OCT 2018

58' Subhash Singh booked for bringing down Kamalpreet Singh at the middle of the park with a nudge from the back. 

15:22 (IST)27 OCT 2018

57' Tempers flying high after Lalramchollva goes down easily after an aerial duel with Malem. The Neroca players demand a yellow card for the East Bengal man for trying to stop the play deliberately in order to run down few minutes on the clock. 

15:19 (IST)27 OCT 2018

53' Neroca resorting to wing play now hoping to pull at-least one goal back. The East Bengal defence as usual has been extremely resolute and calm to clear away every lurking danger, not allowing an inch of space for the Neroca forwards to exploit.

15:14 (IST)27 OCT 2018

47' GOAAAAL! Enrique Esqueda blasts in the penalty from the spot out of Boerchio's reach and makes it 2-0 for the visitors.

15:11 (IST)27 OCT 2018

46' and it's a Penalty! Enrique Esqueda plays Laldanmawia forward with a clever ball which catches Neroca off-guard and the Mizo Winger is brought down inside the box. 

15:10 (IST)27 OCT 2018

Second half kicks-off.

15:09 (IST)27 OCT 2018

Substitution at the break for Neroca FC as Katsumi is injured.

OUT - Katsumi Yusa (10)
IN - Sushil Meitei (17)

14:55 (IST)27 OCT 2018

HALF TIME : Neroca FC 0-1 East Bengal

East Bengal lead at the break courtesy a calm and sublime finish from Enrique Esqueda but it has been Neroca FC all the way ever since in the first half. The Men in Orange have been trying everything to get the equaliser but the East Bengal defence led by Johnny Acosta and Borja Gomez have been extremely disciplined and have managed to thwart away every move of Neroca up the pitch.

An exciting second half coming up next. Stay Tuned to Sportskeeda.

14:53 (IST)27 OCT 2018

45+3' Shot from Enrique Esqueda from distance forces Boerchio to dive at full-stretch to cover the goal after Neroca conceded possession way too cheaply. The shot is inches wide of the target and could well have been 0-2 for the away side.

14:51 (IST)27 OCT 2018

45+2' Katsumi Yusa has been stretched off the field after he has taken a hit during an aerial altercation with Laldanmawia.

14:49 (IST)27 OCT 2018

Additional Time : 3 Minutes

14:48 (IST)27 OCT 2018

44' Jobby finds Enrique who gives it to Yami who tries to set up Lalrindika on the plate but a timely interception from Ashok Singh rescues Neroca out of the situation. 

14:46 (IST)27 OCT 2018

40' Neroca with a beautiful build-up from the back with one-touch play as Katsumi, Tondonba and Aryn Williams combine but an alert Borja Gomez intercepts the ball and releases Esqueda on the counter. The Mexican waits for Yami to arrive and floats the ball into the box but the cross is little heavy and Boerchio collects it.

14:42 (IST)27 OCT 2018

35' East Bengal get to play some football of their own as Lalrindika fires in the ball from a free-kick but Boerchio collects with ease.

14:36 (IST)27 OCT 2018

31' Neroca trying everything possible to salvage the equaliser as all the 11-men of East Bengal have been pushed back defending as Neroca come all guns blazing.

14:30 (IST)27 OCT 2018

26' Eduardo Ferreira goes into the referee's book after he elbows out Jobby Justin. The players are into a some sort of scuffle and the referee has to intervene. Things getting heated here in Imphal. 

14:27 (IST)27 OCT 2018

23' Neroca FC have upped the ante by manifold. A cross from Aryn Williams is punched by Rakshit Dagar straight to Malem, leaving the goal empty for him to shoot. Malem's shot is somehow blocked by Manoj Mohammed on the goal as Neroca earn a corner.

The resultant corner is headed out by Borja Gomez for safety. Big let-off there for East Bengal!

14:25 (IST)27 OCT 2018

20' Laldanmawia goes for goal from a free-kick but it hits the wall, the ricochet falls to Enrique Esqueda who can't find a white shirt through on goal as Neroca get back on the ball. 

14:21 (IST)27 OCT 2018

16' Malem swings in a good cross from the right towards Eduardo Ferreira but Rakshit Dagar comes off his line and punches it away for safety.

14:17 (IST)27 OCT 2018

13' Katsumi breaks away from his defender and gets into the 18-yard box but is blocked by an on-rushing Johnny Acosta as East Bengal get back on the ball.

14:16 (IST)27 OCT 2018

9' GOAAAAAAAL! Enrique Esqueda gets a lofted ball from Lalrindika Ralte and places it on his first touch past a haplesss Boerchio to put the away side ahead.

14:14 (IST)27 OCT 2018

7' East Bengal build up an attack of their own from the middle of the park.

Lalrindika swings in a corner and  freekick from both the flanks but Neroca defence manage to get their lines clear.

14:06 (IST)27 OCT 2018

3' Neroca putting some early pressure on the visitors. Couple of corners from both the sides and a shot from Katsumi sailing over within the first three minutes.

14:02 (IST)27 OCT 2018

0' Kick off! Neroca in their usual Orange attire get us underway while East Bengal have donned their new white colours introduced by co-owners Quess Corporation.

13:58 (IST)27 OCT 2018

Raktim Saha is the main referee today.

13:57 (IST)27 OCT 2018

Pre-Match Photographs and Handshakes done and dusted as we are all set for the kick-off.

13:55 (IST)27 OCT 2018

The Neroca fans have filled the stadium to the brim as the players walk out to the middle amidst the familiar FIFA Anthem.

13:29 (IST)27 OCT 2018

Former East Bengal players Katsumi Yusa and Eduardo Ferreira are all set to face their former team today while Samad Ali Mollick is excluded from the squad due to a suspension served to him during the Super Cup 2017-18 Final against Bengaluru FC.

13:26 (IST)27 OCT 2018

Both the teams are yet to register a win over each other as both the games played between Neroca and East Bengal in the previous season ended in 1-1 draws.

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12:52 (IST)27 OCT 2018

East Bengal XI : Dagar (GK), Manoj Mohammed, Lalramchullova, Kamalpreet Singh, Borja Gomez, Johnny Acosta, Yami Longvah, Lalrindika Ralte, Laldanmawia Ralte (C), Jobby Justin, Enrique Esqueda

Substitutes :
Ubaid CK (GK), Surabuddin Mollick, Kassim Aidara, Lalrozama Fanai, Salam Ranjan Singh, Bidyasagar Singh, Brandon Vanlalremdika

12:50 (IST)27 OCT 2018

The Line-ups are in!

Neroca FC XI : Boerchio (GK), Rojen Meetei, Eduardo Ferreira, Ashok Singh, Tondomba Singh, Katsumi Yusa, Felix Chidi, Subhash Singh, Malemnganba Meitei, Denechandram Meitei, Aryn Williams (C)

Substitutes : Ronald Singh, Jerry Puamte, Lalit Thapa (GK), Sebastian Thangmuansang, Sushil Meitei, Abdul Salam, Biaklian Paite

12:48 (IST)27 OCT 2018

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