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Santosh Trophy 2018: Bengal vs Manipur, Live Match Updates

Bengal 3-0 Manipur (Sumit Dasx2, Vidyasagar); Full Time
Updated: 19 March 2018 17:02 IST - Published: 19 March 2018 16:19 IST
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It's all over at the Howrah Municipal Stadium as the defending champions walk home with a comfortable 3-0 win. Bengal kicked off their title defence in style against Manipur and have established their dominion in the tournament. Sumit Das's double brace set up the hosts comfortably at the end of the first half. The final nail in the coffin was put by Vidyasagar late in the second half, as Manipur struggled to pull back anything.

Despite missing out on key players, the 32 times champion has started on a strong note and will be keen to keep the momentum, going forward. For the Highlanders, they have a lot to look into as they aim to turn around their fortunes in the next fixture.



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90'+3' Manipur with the final attack of the match but the referee blows the final whistle. 
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90'+2' Chancee!!

Manipur with a promising attack in the final minutes of the match but the shot is blocked by Mukherjee. Chance squandered for the Highlanders.
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90+1' Substitution
Babun Das is forced out after going down with an impact. Final change for Bengal as Sanchayan Samaddar walks in
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90' 3 minutes have been added on as injury time. 

Manipur on the counter. Can they pull one back?
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88' Manipur on the attack in the dying minutes but Vidyasagar on the counter-attack and the cross finds its way straight to the goalkeeper
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84' Substitution

Second change for Bengal. Captain Jiten Murmu makes way for Rajon Burman 
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81' Goooaaall!!

It's all over for Manipur as Bengal extends their lead to 3 goals. Brilliant work by Sujay Dutta and a poor clearance from Manipur finds Vidyasagar in space as his strike puts the ball in the back of the net. 
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80' As we approach the penultimate stages of the match, Manipur has a lot to worry about, with only 10 minutes left to overturn a 2-goal deficit !!!!
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79' Tirthankar Sarkar's ball is tipped over by the Manipur goalkeeper. No fruitful result for Bengal.
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76' Substitution 

Bengal with their first change. Double goal scorer Sumit Das goes out to make way for Sujay Dutta. 
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74' A strong headed clearance by Bengal defender to award Manipur a throw-in but the attack is defended by Bengal by pushing the ball back to their keeper
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71' Ankit Mukherjee's through ball is cleared by Manipur defence for a corner. Tirthankar takes the corner for Bengal but the set-piece is headed clear by Manipur for a Bengal throw-in
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68' Substitution
Final change for Manipur. Chiphang-out & Thoudam Meite- in
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67' Bengal maintaining ball possession but the pass by Murmu is too long as Manipur wins a throw-in.
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64' Another long ball by Manipur and the ball is intercepted by Bengal keeper  Ranajit Mazundar who quickly comes off his line to clear the ball.
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62' Chanceee!!! 
Babun Das with a wonderful attempt that could have sealed the match for Bengal. But alas the score remains 2-0. 

Vidyasagar with a well-timed lay off to Das whose shot just sails over the crossbar
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60' Manipur on the attack again but the Bengal defence is alert and clears the ball.
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58' Not much happening with only exchange in possession in the midfield. Manipur trying hard to get a breakthrough, but Bengal's defence is too hard to penetrate
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56' Vidyasagar Singh on the attack but he gives in a foul and Manipur on the attack and Ranajit dives to thwart any danger and prevent Manipur from reducing the margin.
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54' Chist with a poor shot and the Bengal defence on their toes to avert any added danger that could have posed.
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53' Chance! 
Free kick from a dangerous area for Manipur. Can the Highlanders convert it?
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53' Substitution 
Second change for Manipur. Netrajit Singh - in, Shougrakpam Singh out
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51' Manipur try to turn on the pressure on Bengal with an ambitious attempt. Jiteshwar Singh with a shot but the Bengal goalkeeper collects it with ease
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