East Bengal achieved what their coach wanted and maintained their unbeaten run in the Super Division League with a 3-1 win over Mohammedan Sporting 3-1 at Salt Lake Stadium today.
Bijen Singh put East Bengal ahead in the 11th minute and Dipankar Roy made it 2-0 in the 27th. Into the second session, Mohammedan Sporting replied through Srikrishna Ghosh, but their fate was sealed when Bijen got his second in the 77th minute.
By then, Mohammedan Sporting were reduced to ten men due to the expulsion of their main marksman Abdul Khalique.
East Bengal started the match with repeated raids at the opposition goal. The game was not even two minutes old, yet the red-and-yellow brigade had already set up two good moves, both of which Bijen squandered.
It was nine minutes later when a Chandan Das ball from behind the half-line found Bijen in front of the goal. He was flanked by two defenders who could not match him in pace as the India striker scored with a stinging left-footer.
Mohammedan Sporting, in order to snatch a point, should have gone for a goal at this stage but the ball kept evading them and their lacklustre approach complicated things further.
In the 27th minute, Dipankar got another pass from Chandan from the right. The diminutive medio took the ball to the left after deceiving a defender and had only the goalkeeper to beat. He did that beautifully and took East Bengal to what now seemed to be an unassailable lead. The only good opportunity for Mohammedan Sporting in the first half came when Joy Kabui made an impressive run down the left but could neither shoot nor cross for another player.
In the 55th minute, Khalique got the first of his two yellow cards. He was getting frustrated and into unnecessary encounters with the opposition players. It was around this time that Srikrishna scored, against the run of the play. He received the ball from Khalique at the right and shot at goal, taking everybody including the East Bengal goalkeeper Shanti Majumdar, by surprise.
Mohammedan Sporting started looking organised after this but their game fell apart with the expulsion of Khalique. Then came the outstanding goal from Bijen. Dipankar gave the ball to Carlton Chapman from the deep who passed to Bijen on the right. From what resulted in a beautiful combination, Bijen emerged victorious in the tussle with the defenders and shot, a searing right-footer, the ball ending up at the top corner of the net.
EAST BENGAL: Shanti Majumdar; Ranjan Dey, Anit Ghosh, Deepak Mondal, Ratan Singh (Zaheer Abbas, 80); Awoyemi Isiaka, Carlton Chapman, Dipankar Roy, Chandan Das (Tushar Rakshit, 46), Dipendu Biswas (Srikanta Dutta, 36), Bijen Singh.
MOHAMMEDAN SPORTING: Gopal Das; Tej Bahadur (Soumen Sarkar, 87), Aslam Parvez, Insan Ali, Shakil Ahmed, Joy Kabui (Bastab Roy, 59), Amzad Ansari, Kasif Jamal (Ohidul Islam, 80), Srikrishna Ghosh, Nazim-ul Haq, Abdul Khalique.
Referee: Sajal Bose
The Super Division clash, scheduled to be held at the Mohun Bagan ground, will now be held at the Salt Lake Stadium. Mohun Bagan wanted the change due to the slushy condition of their home turf.
The Super Division match between BNR and FCI ended 1-1 but one player from each side were marched off by referee Chitta Das Majumdar for exchanging blows in the second half. Bappa Naskar was the BNR culprit and FCI�s casualty was Babun Kar. Partha Mitra struck for BNR and Sujay Dutta replied for FCI.
SAIL beat Eastern Railway 2-0 in another match with goals from Dipak Das and Mushtaqin Molla.
In first division group A, Rajasthan beat CFC 2-1 and Railway FC overcame Behala Youth 2-0. The WB Police-Milan Bithee and Kidderpur SC-Eastern Coalfield matches ended goalless.
The AIFF accounts will be scrutinised by Prashanta Mallick and then produced in court, Mr Justice Pinaki Ghosh of the Calcutta High Court ruled today, says our Law Reporter. The IFA had filed a case against the parent body alleging discrepancies in its accounts. The case will be heard again on August 28.
The Rose Valley state-ranking table tennis meet will be played in Durgapur�s Sidhu-Kanho Stadium on August 19 and 20. Entries close August 17.
Former national tennis champion Zeeshan Ali attended a clinic for youngsters at the South Club today. Zeeshan, who was in the city on a holiday, had been helping out with the South Club coaching camp, run by the veteran Akhtar Ali, for the last few days.
1.15 pm: Conflagration 1. Northern Temptress 2. Tiger Talk 3.
1.45 pm: Signal Tap 1. Double Impact 2. Thundering Bay 3.
2.15 pm: Dendrobium 1. Classic Land 2. Amber Wine 3.
2.45 pm: Perfect Placement 1. Amorous Warrior 2. Full Reason 3.
3.15 pm: Piaget 1. Universal Star 2. Mille Fiori 3.
3.45 pm: Phalaenopsis 1. La Tour D�Argent 2. Fargo 3.
4.15 pm: Future Arrives 1. Bearer Bond 2. Show The Class 3.
4.45 pm: High Voltage 1. Royal Partner 2. Fast Friend 3.
Day�s Best: Signal Tap Double: Dendrobium & Piaget
The 1,800m Hovercraft Cup for horses in the highest class may see Aquaria winning the match-race against Kaizen.
Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:
1st Race (1.55pm) Hovercraft Cup 1,800m (Cl I; Cl II eligible � Rated 66 & over)
1 1130 Kaizen [Bharath] S. Rabani 60.0 1
2 4111 Aquaria [Vijay] C. Alford 57.0 2
1. Aquaria (2)
Aquaria: Going from strength to strength. May strike again.
2nd Race (2.35pm) Record Reign Handicap 1,200m (Cl V,5-y-o & over Rt.00-28) Indian jockeys only
1 0443 Arizona Star [Mujeeb] Dalpat S. 60.0 6
2 0030 Aristotemus [Mujeeb] Sher S. 58.0 4
3 0020 Infierno [Stephens] R. Ahmed 58.0 5
4 0004 Golden Express [R. Alford] P. Alford 57.0 3
5 1024 Tribal Warlord [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya 56.5 2
6 0004 Art Smart [Karki] M. Reuben 54.5 1
1. golden express (4) 2. art smart (6) 3. infierno (3)
Golden Express: Working well. Has potential to land the prize. Art Smart: Ignore last run. May win againt the present age-group. Infierno: Very fit. May shock.
3rd Race (3.05pm) Independence Cup 1,400m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72)
1 0411 Sterling Prospect [Vijay] M. Reuben 61.0 3
2 0103 Charlene [Bharath] S. Rabani 50.0 2
3 - 311 Fame Star [Vijay] C. Alford 50.0 1
4 1440 Diplomatic Gesture [Bath] S. Shanker 49.5 4
1. fame star (3) 2. charlene (2) 3. sterling prospect (1)
Fame Star: Best performed filly in the winter. Maintains form. Charlene: Improving with each run. Sterling Prospect: May only hope for the second slot.
4th race (3.35pm) Kipling Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV�Rt. 22-50) � Indian jockeys only
1 0000 Swash Buckler [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya 61.0 3
2 3032 Tejeni [Vijay] A. P. Singh 61.0 4
3 0400 Jayaashva [Mujeeb] Som S. 53.0 2
4 4330 Aileron [Bharath] C. Alford 53.0 1
5 - - 00 Amistad [Bharath] Md Amil 52.5 5
1. TEJENI (2) 2. AILERON (4) 3. SWASH BUCKLER (1)
Tejeni: Carries a heavy impost but the small-made filly relishes the monsoon track. Aileron: Working very well. May go close. Swash Buckler: May place.
5th Race (4.10) Esmon Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV�Rt. 22-50) � Indian jockeys only
1 0012 Work Order [Mujeeb] Md Islam 60.0 4
2 2420 Artifact [Vijay] C. Alford 56.5 6
3 2000 Friendly Knight [Mujeeb] K. Kumar 56.0 7
4 0002 Flying Power [Karki] Amjad K. 54.0 9
5 0040 Aliqa [Javed] M. Reuben 53.5 3
6 1202 Noble Canonire [R. Alford] R. Gowli 53.0 2
7 - - -0 Run Ahead [Mujeeb] Md Yacoob 53.0 5
8 1100 Go Indian Go [Mujeeb] E. Smith 53.0 8
9 0000 Global Harmony [Mujeeb] Som S. 52.0 1
1. artifact (2) 2. work order (1) 3. aliqa (5)
Artifact: Relishes middle distances but looking best of the lot. May surprise. Work Order: Consistent and second to Annella. May do better. Aliqa: May place.
6th Race (4.40pm) Mount Everest Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV, 3-y-o only�Rt. 00-50)
1 2102 Scarlet Raider [R. Alford] R. Gowli 60.0 3
2 - 104 Magnifico [Vijay] C. Alford 57.0 2
3 4431 Lockers Park [Bharath] S. Rabani 56.5 1
4 0244 Soviet Port [Bharath] M. Reuben 54.5 5
5 0004 Fibonacci [Stephens] S. Tamang 47.0 4
1. magnifico (2) 2. soviet port (4) 3. scarlet raider (1)
Magnifico: Ignore his last run. May win over the present trip. Soviet Port: May go close if he produces his winter form. Scarlet Raider: Working very well.May upset
Day�s Best: Fame Star Double: Aquaria & Artifact