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    The new coach arrived, and East Bengal’s first win

    Last victory for East Bengal in ISL. East Bengal FC beat Goa by two goals to one in their first match today under new coach Rivera. Mahesh scored both the goals. In the 9th minute of the match, Mahesh’s first goal was scored by FC Goa Defensive. This was Mahesh’s first ISL goal.

    In the 37th minute of the match, Noguera equalized for Goa with a left footed strike. But before the end of the first half, Mahesh regained the lead for East Bengal. This goal too was born out of the fault of the Goa defense.

    This victory lifted East Bengal from last position to 10th position. East Bengal have 9 points from 12 matches. Goa is in 9th position with 13 points.

    It took SC East Bengal 347 days to end their winless run in the Hero Indian Super League as they inflicted a blow to FC Goa’s semi-final hopes with a 2-1 win at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, here on Wednesday. The first win of the season helps East Bengal rise from the bottom while FC Goa remain stuck in ninth place in the table.

    Mahesh Naorem Singh (9′) scored early for East Bengal against the run of play until Alberto Noguera (37′) levelled the score. Naorem Singh (42′) completed his brace after a gift from the opposition defender which remained the difference between the teams.

    Despite dominating the possession, FC Goa were dealt a shock in the early stages after an unforced error from Edu Bedia caught Anwar Ali off-guard. Mahesh Naorem Singh took advantage of the situation, pounced on the ball, and put it past the advancing goalkeeper from a one-on-one situation to score the opener. Before the half-hour mark, the skipper of the Gaurs fed Alexander Jesuraj with a penetrating through ball but he wasted the opportunity to equalise by airing the shot above the crossbar.

    Darren Sidoel then took a shot from a distance post the drinks break but his attempt went wide off the mark. FC Goa finally scored the equaliser after Jorge Ortiz delivered a defence-splitting pass for Alberto Noguera who found space inside the box and beat Arindam Bhattacharja with his left foot from a narrow-angle. Three minutes before halftime, Naorem Singh gave East Bengal the lead yet again after Anwar Ali gifted the ball to him inside his own box. Although the striker’s attempt struck the bar and came out, the assistant referee awarded the goal as the ball had crossed the goal line.

    The second half saw FC Goa intensely searching for another equaliser. However, there were not many clear scoring chances for the Gaurs. The Red & Gold Brigade were defending in numbers, denying any sort of space to the opposition attackers. The fourth official added seven minutes of added time after the regulation period. Mario Rivera’s men held on to their lead with a collective effort to record the first elusive win of the season.

    FC Goa will be up against Bengaluru FC in their next at the Athletic Stadium on Sunday while SC East Bengal faces a stern Hyderabad FC challenge at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Monday.

    Highlights

    • The primary win of the season helps SCEB rise from the underside.
    • Gaurs stay caught on ninth place within the desk.
    • FC Goa will likely be up in opposition to Bengaluru FC of their subsequent on the Athletic Stadium on Sunday.

    FC Goa Predicted Starting Line-up: N. Kumar, Anwar Ali, Ivan Gonzalez, A. Dohling, S. Fernandes, Saviour Gama, D. Murgaonkar, Glan Martins, E. Bedia, A. Noguera, Jorge Ortiz

    SC East Bengal Predicted Starting Line-up: A. Bhattacharya (GK), Mrcela, Mondal, Gaikwad, Lourenco, Dervisevic, Rafique, Hnamte, Das, A. Singh, A. Perosevic

    Key Players

    FC Goa

    Jorge Ortiz: Since his arrival to Indian shores ahead of the 2020-21 season of the Hero ISL, no player has taken more shots than him (114). He is the only player to have attempted more than 100 shots since the start of the 2020-21 season.

    Ivan Gonzalez: The defender has made 43 tackles, 30 clearances and 19 interceptions so far this season while proving to be an important cog in the counter-offensive machinery of FC Goa.

    SC East Bengal

    Hira Mondal: He has played every minute of SC East Bengal’s season making an impressive 38 clearances, 33 tackles, and 29 blocks and will be key against an attack-minded FC Goa side.

    Thongkhosiem Haokip: With two goals this season and an assist, Haokip now needs to score two more to equal Matti Steinmann’s (4) record of most goals in Hero ISL for SC East Bengal.

    ISL 2021-22: SC East Bengal finally break jinx with 2-1 win over FC Goa

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