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Calcutta Derby: Mohun Bagan Super Giant and East Bengal FC play out thrilling 2-2 draw in ISL engagement

East Bengal went ahead in third minute through Ajay Chhetri but Armando Sadiku restored parity for Super Giant in 17th minute

PTI Calcutta Published 03.02.24, 10:24 PM
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In a match that lived up to the rich tradition of the 'Kolkata Derby', Mohun Bagan Super Giant and East Bengal FC played out a thrilling 2-2 draw in an ISL engagement here on Saturday.

East Bengal went ahead in the third minute through Ajay Chhetri but Armando Sadiku restored the parity for the Super Giant in the 17th minute.


Brazilian Cleiton Silva found the centre of the net through a penalty in the 55th minute to put East Bengal ahead that also saw players from both the sides getting involved in some heated moments.

The penalty was awarded to East Bengal after Dipak Tangri fouled Mahesh Singh inside the box in the 53rd minute.

Perhaps lulled by the lead, East Bengal defence was caught napping in the dying minutes as a Manvir cross found an unmarked Dimitri Petratos inside the box.

Petratos nonchalantly buried the ball into the back of net to level the scores.

Earlier, Punjab FC scored three past Bengaluru FC to secure a comfortable Round 13 victory to move to ninth position in the table.

Wilmar Jordan Gil, Luka Majcen and Madih Talal scored the goals for the home side while Sunil Chhetri scored the consolation goal for Bengaluru FC.

Punjab FC moved to ninth position with 11 points from 13 matches while Bengaluru FC dropped to 10th with 11 points.

This is the home side's second victory of the season. Punjab FC started brightly in the opening exchanges, making the Bengaluru defence work hard.

Luka Majcen and Wilmar Jordan combined well along with Madih Talal to create chances but they could not capitalise on those, with Ashis Pradhan missing the best of them.

Punjab FC got punished against the run of play as Sunil Chhetri's glancing header from a Roshan Singh cross found the net, giving the away side the lead.

Punjab FC struck back within eight minutes after a patient spell of play.

Tekcham Abhishek Singh's inviting ball in the box was headed into the goal, giving goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu no chance to react.

Punjab could have increased the lead as they created a couple of chances but were denied by Gurpreet as both teams went into the break with the scores tied at one each.

Both teams looked for openings in the second half but clear-cut chances were at a premium and the defenders from both sides stood their ground to thwart the attacks.

Punjab defender Dmitrios Chatziisaias put in a diving challenge to deny Ryan Williams a clear shot on goal. Ravi Kumar also made a fine save from a Javi Hernandez volley to deny the Spaniard another goal this season.

The home side took the lead in the 72nd minute through a counter-attack that started from Luka and ended with Luka.

Luka set free Madih Talal from the centre of the pitch and the Frenchman played a perfect one-touch pass on the path of Luka who kept his composure and coolly finished past Gurpreet.

Bengaluru could have equalised soon but Chhetri missed a free header. Punjab increased their lead in the 77th minute through Madih Talal.

Punjab FC will face Kerala Blasters FC on February 12 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi.

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