East Bengal have ended reigning champions Bengaluru FC’s winning start to the Hero I-League season, with a 2-1 victory in a high profile match at Barasat Stadium, Kolkata on Sunday.
Bengaluru went ahead in the 23rd minute through CK Vineeth after Eugeneson Lyngdoh’s run down the left flank was perfectly cut back into his path. Vineeth neatly put the ball past East Bengal goalkeeper T.P. Rehenesh.
But the hosts didn’t take long to equalise, when 5 minutes later Ivan Bukenya caught the Bengaluru defence off-guard and turned in a low corner to make it 1-1, where the score remained going into half-time.
Ildar Amirov was replaced with striker Robin Singh in the second half and the former Bengaluru quickly made a difference, finally making it 2-1 in the 79th minute to give the homeside a late lead, which they held onto for their third consecutive win of the season.
Aizawl FC kept another clean slate after their 1-0 victory over hosts Mumbai FC at Cooperage Ground, Mumbai on Sunday, in a hard fought game with the visitors missing two chances in the first half both of which were created by Albert Z.
Mumbai pushed forward and dominated most of the game but lacked the finishing touch which in the end cost them dearly.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 79th minute with a superb effort by Syrian Mahmoud Al Amnah. Under 22 wingback Lalruatthara passed the ball to a well positioned Amnah which he blasted home with an angular drive beating MFC ‘keeper Laxmikant Kattimani all ends up.
The victory was Aizawl’s third consecutive win, taking their points tally to 10 and saw them move up to third spot on the points table.
At the end of Week 4 Mohun Bagan are in the top spot with 13 points, while East Bengal are in 2nd place, also with 10 points.