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ISL-X: East Bengal keeps playoff hopes alive, defeats nine-man Kerala Blasters 4-2

East Bengal now have 21 points from 20 matches, and their upcoming fixtures against Bengaluru FC and Punjab FC will be crucial to break into the top-six

Our Bureau Calcutta Published 04.04.24, 08:48 AM
It was the home side that had gotten the first foot ahead in the contest.

It was the home side that had gotten the first foot ahead in the contest. X/@eastbengal_fc

East Bengal turned on the style and routed a nine-man Kerala Blasters 4-2 in the ISL-X match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Wednesday.

A brace each by Saul Crespo and Naorem Mahesh Singh ensured that the red and gold brigade kept their playoff hopes alive.

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East Bengal now have 21 points from 20 matches, and their upcoming fixtures against Bengaluru FC and Punjab FC will be crucial to break into the top-six.

It was the home side that had gotten the first foot ahead in the contest. Rahul KP delivered a ball to Fedor Cernych who booted it beyond Karanjit Singh to open the scoring.

The visitors, however, ensured that they didn’t go into the break trailing. PV Vishnu earned a foul inside the 18-yard box, but that was preceded with East Bengal winning a one-man advantage due to the sending off of Blasters midfielder Jeakson Singh. Saul slotted the ball comfortably to secure the equaliser.

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