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I-League Round 23: East Bengal beat Sporting to jump in 4th place in table.

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30.03.2014 : EAST BENGAL 2-1 SPORTING GOA (YBK - FT..)
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KEB : Abhra, Raju, Arnab, Naoba, Roberts, Khabra, Lobo, Abranches, Seuoka, Dika, Chidi.
SCG : Melroy, Pratesh, Gonzalonila, Chinta, Kinan, Rolwin, Kalu, Joseph, Cjetan, Jovel, Boima. REF : Umesh Bora..

FT : East Bengal win 2-1. Arnab Mondol Man of the Match. I-LEG TABLE
90+2': Corner to SCG, Abhra saved.
90+2: PLAYER CHANGE - KEB Lenn in and Baljit out..
90': 3 minute added time.
90': (Yellow Card ) to Naoba Sing of KEB - for wasting time.
89': Now scoreline is 2-1 for East Bengal.
89': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Beevan De Mello scored through left footer from a goal mouth mile.
87': PLAYER CHANGE - KEB : KChidi out and Gurwinder in..
85': (Yellow Card ) to Khabra of East Bengal.
85': East Bengal is leading 2-0 and Mumbai FC is leading 2-1...2 minute left there.
82': (Yellow Card ) to Chidi but Chinta fouled him, play acting card to Chidi? Bad decision of Bora.
78': PLAYER CHANGE - SCG : Kinan out and Valeto in..
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East Bengal registered an important win at home in I League today when they out railed Spoting Clube De Goa by an odd goals to two . The closing stages of the League are approaching towards a close finish as the Red and Gold are now one of the contenders of the tittle.

East Bengal were enjoying the terrirorial supremacy, but had to wait till the stroke of the breather before they could break the deadlock. A number of mispasses in the attacking third by the Red and Gold Brigade were marked negatively in their performances. Sporting had some occasional counter attacks, but unable to disturb Raju and Arnab except for an instances.

A right footed shot from age of the 18 yards by Joseph Perira were fisted by Abhra Mondal who played his first I League match this season. Abhra had a brillant come back today as he saved a volley of Beevan D Mello which was followed by a head of Kalu Ogba within a very close distance.

Baljit Singh scored his second goal of this year's I League in the added time of the first session following a gem of a centre of Dika from the left. Baljit placed the ball in almost empty goal leaving the Sporting goalkeeper Melroy standed at the line. East Bengal increased the lead in the 64th minute when Dika converted from 25yards following a pass from Suoeka. Sporting equalised at the 89th minute when Beevan D Mello scored following a melle in front of East Bengal goal.

East Bengal are now on the forth position of the I league table with 31 points. Dempo Sports Club and Pune FC are on 31 points but they have played 21 and 20 matches respectively as compared to East Bengal who have played 19 matches.
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75': Still 2-0 is the scoreline for East Bengal.
72': counter attack of East Bengal Dika's left footer from Naoba's cross went outside.
71': Again save of Abhra of Kalu's header from Rolwin's corner.
70': Brilliant save of Abhra from a close 6 yards volly of Beevan for corner.
68': Great Escape of East Bengal, Royston got a chance from a defencing lap of East Bengal.
65': Now East Bengal is leading 2-0 and Mumbai FC is leading 2-1.
64': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Dika's bullet left footer from out side of the box beat Melroy. Seuoka passed dika in open space to collect a deflected ball
60: PLAYER CHANGE - SCG : Royston in Joseph out and Beevan in and Pratesh out.
58': 3 back to back corner to East Bengal but no impact.
56': Mumbai FC is leading 2-1 now in Shillong. Alfred and Ashutosh for MFC and Glen for SLFC.
56': East Bengal is leading 1-0. 55': Abhra well advance and collect ball before Rolin and Kalu.
54': Kalu to Boima well ground pass but good anticipation of Robert, cleared.
51': Dika was offside.
50': Still East Bengal is leading 1-0.
47': Mumbai FC is leading 2-1 now in Shillong. Alfred and Ashutosh for MFC and Glen for SLFC.
46': East Bengal is leading 1-0. 46': 2nd half match to start.
HT : East Bengal is leading 1-0 and Shillong Lajong 1-1 Mumbai FC.
46+2': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Nice score of Baljit and East Bengal is leading 1-0 from a pass of Dika. 2nd Goal of Baljit in this I-League.
45': REF added 2 minutes more.
43': Slow pace in the match.
40': East Bengal 0-0 Sporting while Shillong Lajong 1-0 Mumbai FC.
38': Chance to Sporting, Boima to Rolwin and his powerful shot went over the cross bar.
PLAYER CHANGE- EAST BENGAL: Lobo out and Baljit in.
36': (Yellow Card ) to ogba Kalu of Sporting to who fouled Lobo of East Bengal. Lobo injured, Physio came inside the ground.
35': Gonzalonila well blocke Chidi in his left.
34': Boima's left sided cross cleared in East Bengal box.
33': Corner to East Bengal but no impact.
30': Still the scoreline is 0-0 .
30': Chance to East Bengal, Dika's shot saved by Melroy for Corner.
29': Chidi's cross but Seuoka was unable to touch it.
28': Cjetan's effort from Kalu's cross dismissed.
27': 2nd corner to Sporting, Arnab cleared Jovel's kick.
25': Still the scoreline is 0-0 .
23': Free kick to East Bengal but Chinta cleared Dika's shot.
22': Khabars acrobatic effort from top of the box went wide.
21': Again corner to East Bengal but naoba's kick cleared.
21': Abranches corner kick cleared.
20': Dika's free kick cleared for corner.
20': ( Yellow card ) to Jovel of Sporting fouled Chidi.
19': Free kick to East Bengal as Jovel fouled Chidi.
18': Shillong Lajong is leading 1-0 over Mumbai FC in 19th minute .
15': Still no score. East Bengal 0-0 Sporting Goa.
14': Foul of Jovel to Dika.
13': Counter attack of SCG, Boima's shot went for Goalkick.
12': Long ball to Chidi but too fast and Chidi was offside.
10': Still scoreline is 0-0
9': Abhra cleared Jovel's corner kick.
8': Good attempt of Joseph from left, his left footer cleared by Abhra for corner.
7': Goal kick for SCg, Long kick of Melroy went to East Bengal territory.
5': SCORE LINE IS 0-0
4': Arnab back passed to Abhra - the keeper of East Bengal today.
2': Raju's long throw in went to SCG box and Chidi's header Melroy blocked.
1': Seuoka crossed from right but it was low and cleared by SCG defence.
1': Match starts at YBK.
0': The first Leg match in the I league at Goa ended in a 1-1 draw between the two.
0': East Bengal are placed 7th in the table with 28 points from 18 matches, while Sporting Goa are 4th in the table with 29 points from 19 matches.
0': The Match will start at 5.00 pm at Salt Lake Stadium.

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PREVIEW : 29.03.2014: JAYDIP DASGUPTA : The I league is wide open as the closing stage is proceeding towards a close finish. The League leaders Bangaluru FC and the second positioned Salgaokar wasted points in the final lap in the last two days made the League more contested. Moreover Dempo's win against Churchill has changed the equation of the I-League completely.

The latest league table shows that the top five clubs Bangaluru, Salgaokar ,Dempo(played 21 matches), Pune FC (played 20 matches), and East Bengal (played 18 matches) are close to each other as far as the points are concerned and no wonder a lot of climax is on reckoning at the final stages of the 2013-14 I league.

The Red and Gold are still having a chance to be a contented of the tittle. East Bengal will face against the Sporting Clube Of Goa in their nineteenth encounter at home tomorrow. East Bengal are 10 points behind the league leaders Bangaluru FC though they have three games still in hand. East Bengal drew against Mumbai FC in their last match against Mumbai FC in a last minute equalizer and will face the Sporting Clube who are always a strong hurdle in the recent past.

Armando Calaco, the Red and Gold coach are in a positive frame of mind regarding Sunday's match. He, in a pre match media meeting at Kolkata today stated "The title race is not over yet. It's tough for everybody. We want to take one game at a time so let's try and win this fixture,".

Sporting Clube had a impressive beginning but failed to continue their pace in the last five matches. In fact they lost to Mohun Bagan in their last match at Goa by a margin of 3-1. The Sporing Goa's Spanish coach Oscar Bruzon is eying a top-five finish in the league.

In the media meeting at East Bengal club while interacting Oscar Bruzon said the teams rhythm was somewhat upset due to continuous games after the winter break.In spite of injuries we will try to win with our full effort.

East Bengal are placed 7th in the table with 28 points from 18 matches, while Sporting Clube, Goa are 4th in the table with 29 points from 19 matches. The first round match in the I league at Goa ended in a 1-1 draw, but East Bengal lost by a odd goals to two in the group league at the Federation Cup.

Head to Head in NFL/I League

Total Matches - 19
East Bengal Won - 8
Sporting Clube Won - 4
Drawn - 7
East Bengal Goals - 27 goals
Sporting Clube goals - 21 goals