ISL IX: East Bengal lose again
Goals from Harry Sawyer and Ritwik Das helped Jamshedpur FC come from behind against East Bengal to clinch their first win in 10 games in ISL IX at the Salt Lake Stadium on Friday.
Cleiton Silva had put the hosts ahead in the first half with his ninth goal of the season, before the home team let the lead slip, along with a chance to go clear of Bengaluru FC in the playoff qualification race with a game in hand.
In the 12th minute, Alex Lima muscled his way past his marker before playing it through to Naorem Singh on the left side. The winger cut the ball back onto his right foot and got the shot away.
The effort was saved but spilled by Vishal Yadav right in front of Silva, who made no mistake to make it 1-0.
In the 61st minute, the East Bengal defence failed to get the ball out of danger and it came to Ishan Pandita, whose shot from the edge of the box was blocked by Lalchungnunga before Harry Sawyer poked the rebound in from close range.
The comeback was complete five minutes from time when Sawyer used his physical strength to shield the ball before playing it out to Germanpreet Singh on the right flank. The midfielder’s cross was headed in by Ritwik Das and the visitors held on to the narrow lead till the fulltime whistle.
East Bengal will host Hyderabad FC on January 20.