Jan 6: Another day, another great game to follow. SC East Bengal ends up with a draw, able to get a score from dominant side FC Goa at the end in Tilak Maidan, Goa, Today.
SC East Bengal comes here with a great win over Odisha while having it’s first winning in Hero ISL in its first season. Even, with a man less, SC East Bengal able to get a draw against FC Goa in Tilak Maidan, today. Nigerian forward Bright Enobakhare mentioned a world-class goal to require East Bengal ahead before Devendra Murgaonkar got the equalizer for Goa. Both the goals came late within the last half.
Goa remained the dominant side with around 65 percent ball possession within the opening half but East Bengal managed to carry off the local side with an honest show of defensive organization. East Bengal coach Robbie Fowler made five changes within the team that had started against Odisha FC, apparently trying to find a fitter side to challenge a robust opponent like Goa.
East Bengal goalkeeper Debjit Majumder got into the action right after the beginning when he had to travel full stretch to save lots of a header from Goa’s Australian defender James Donachie, who connected at the end of a free-kick from Spaniard Jorge Ortiz. Debjit continued to stay the busiest man within the East Bengal lineup as he tried to debar Goa’s attacking efforts. Ortiz had multiple scoring opportunities but all his efforts that were on the track were parried away by Debjit.
East Bengal created opportunities during counter-attacks and got very draw in the 29th minute when its captain Daniel Fox sent his header, off a Raju Gaikwad long-throw, wide off an open goal. a moment earlier, Aaron Amadi-Holloway had seen his header from close range sailing over. Matti Steinmann had an honest opportunity within the 60th minute when he cleared the Goan defense with a fine solo effort but did not direct the ball in the right direction and goes off the target.
The best moment of the match came for East Bengal within the 79th minute when Enobakhare scored a breath-taking goal. The SCEB striker brought alive a Diego Maradona moment together with his silken dribbling skills as he floored four Goa defenders and therefore the goalkeeper, Mohammad Nawaz, to cause the stunning finish. Enobakhare’s sublime effort would count together with the simplest individual efforts within the tournament’s short history. East Bengal’s joy was short-lived as substitute Devendra Murgaonkar nodded home the equalizer within the 81st minute.
Earlier, East Bengal went right down to 10 men within the 55th minute when Fox was sent off with an immediate red card for a clear foul on Romario Jesuraj. the choice by referee A. Rowan looked a touch harsh because the English defender appeared to unintentionally hit the Goa winger as both went for a stray ball.
Final Result: East Bengal 1 (Bright Enobakhare 79′) drew with FC Goa 1 (Devendra Murgaonkar 81′)