I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : East Bengal beat Bengaluru FC 1-0 at home.

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KEB : Abihash Ruidas 53'
KEB : Subhasish, Deepak, Arnab, Susak, Arnab, Soumik, Mehtab, Khabra, Bertos, Avinash, Baljit, Ranty.
BEN : Ralte, Courtis, Jonson, Keegan, Rino, Lyndoh, Josua, Bekhokhei, Rooney, Robin, Sunil. ... REF : Shri Krishna
AIFF MEDIA RELEASE : East Bengal recorded their first home win of the Hero I-League this season as they got past defending Champions Bengaluru FC, courtesy of a goal from Abhinash Ruidas, at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday evening. Bengaluru FC had their first real chance of the match, within just five minutes as Joshua Walker played a lovely weighted lofted through ball towards Robin Singh. The Indian international hesitated for a moment which was enough for Milan Susak to put a sliding tackle in, to avert the danger.

Sunil Chhetri almost single handedly made his way into the box from the left as he danced past the challenges in the tenth minute, but it was a last ditch challenge from Deepak Mondal that dispossessed the skipper and it was another chance wasted for the Blues.

Bengaluru's bad luck continued, as just five minutes later Walker got enough time and space in the centre of midfield and seeing Subhasish Roy Chowdhury off the line, chipped it delightfully towards goal. It was only the underside of the crossbar that came in the way of the Englishman as the goal keeper was well beaten. Robin Singh though was at hand to pounce on the rebound but he only managed to sky it from close range.

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In the 23rd minute it was another long range piledriver that was somehow stopped by Subhasish who dived ever so well to his left. This time it was Eugenson Lyngdoh who had hit it ever so well. The Red and Golds who seemed to be sluggish in the attacking half did manage to carve out two half decent chances on either side of the half hour mark. First it was Leo Bertos who squeezed in a grounded pass towards the centre. Baljit Sahni stepped over it to leave it for Ranti Martins, only to see the Nigerian waste too much time, allowing Osano to clear.

A couple of minutes later it was another great cross from the left by Deepak Mondal but Ralte was on hand to grab it cleanly, in spite of Ranti going up for it. The Blues had three gilt-edged chances after the 40th minute all of which they spurned. First it was Rino Anto who played a lovely ball out of defense, straight onto the path of Sean Rooney. The Australian, under Milan Susak and Subhasish’s challenge failed to get a touch to it and the ball fell to Lyngdoh on the right. His cross into the box again fell to Rooney who horribly struck it over in front of an empty net.

Just two minutes later, Saumik Dey almost paid the ultimate price for his callousness as he allowed Robin Singh to pounce as he failed to bring a back pass down. Thankfully he did manage to go back and put a block in for only a corner. A perfect training ground corner routine failed to bear fruit as Deepak Mondal blocked Chhetri’s ferocious shot after Lyngdoh's corner had found the India skipper on the edge of the box.

The Red and Golds did manage to punish the away team for their profligacy in front of goal and they bagged the lead in the 53rd minute. It was Deepak Mondal who dribbled past Keegan Pereira on the right before squaring it across the face of the goal. Although Ranti failed to connect properly with the ball, he did manage to direct it towards Ruidas who was waiting at the far post and slid the ball inside the goal to give his team the lead.

After a concerted period of pressure from the rejuvenated Red and Golds, Bengaluru FC finally came back into the game with a flurry of chances which they somehow again managed to waste. In the 66th minute Joshua Walker did so well to squeeze in a cross towards Sean Rooney but his looping header was tipped over by an alert Subhasish.

Merely five minutes later, Robin Singh's pass into the box was missed completely by Arnab allowing Rooney to lay it off to Beikhokhei Beingaichho to take a shot but unfortunately for him, Arnab was at hand to block his shot with a header to make up for his earlier mistake.Rooney was in the thick of things again as he failed to find the target from point blank range after Rino had found him with a perfect cross.

This was followed up by Robin Singh who emulated his counterpart and failed to direct his header towards the target after Rooney had found him completely unmarked. Baljit Sahni had the chance to finish off the game for good after Ranti did ever so well to hold off both Curtis Osano and John Johnson. Instead of going for goal himself he passed it to Baljit whose shot failed to test the Bengaluru custodian. With the victory, East Bengal have four points from two matches while the reigning champions are only on a point from three matches so far.

KEB : Abihash Ruidas 53'
KEB : Subhasish, Deepak, Arnab, Susak, Arnab, Soumik, Mehtab, Khabra, Bertos, Avinash, Baljit, Ranty.
BEN : Ralte, Courtis, Jonson, Keegan, Rino, Lyndoh, Josua, Bekhokhei, Rooney, Robin, Sunil. ... REF : Shri Krishna
FT : East Bengal win home Match 1-0 to beat defending I-League Champions and Fed Cup 2014-15 winner Bengaluru FC.
FT : Avinash Ruidas of East Bengal declared hero of the match.
90+4': YELLOW CARD - Sunil Chhetro of BFC.
90+3': CHANGE - KEB : Rafiq in and Bertos out.
90': 5 minutes added time.
88': CHANGE - KEB : Scorer Abinash out and Sukhwinder Singh in.
87': CHANGE - BFC : Keegan out and Lalchuawama in.
87': Baljit's shot went out.
84': Header of Walker went out.
83': CHANGE-BFC : Thoi Singh in and Bekhokhei out.
78': Corner to East Bengal, Bertos kick went wide.
76': Again attack of BFC, Robin's header missed the target.
74': Still East Bengal is leading 1-0 through Abinash.
72': Attacking wave of Bengalluru now, Rooney's shot went wide.
70': Rooney's shot saved by Soumik.
69': counter attack of Bengaluru, Rino's shot saved by Subhasish.
67': Again East Bengal,Ranty's shot wide from baljit's cross.
66': Attack of BFC, Subasish fisted a closer header of Rooney.
64': Effort of Khabra but his shot went wide.
62': Attack of East Bengal. Baljit's header from Abinash cross went to Ralte.
60': Well tackle of Milan Susak to Bekhokhei.
60': Still 1-0 is the scoreline of East Bengal.
58': Rooney fouled Arnab to collect an aerial ball in KEB box.
55': Another attack of East Bengal, Good combination between Ranty and Mehtab finally dismissed in BFC box.
53': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL : East Bengal scored. Abinash Ruidas scored his 1st I-League goal for Red and Gold off Ranti Martin's brilliant pass.

52': Bengaluru FC drew Dempo and lost Pune Fc in first 2 I-league matches.
49': Free kick to East Bengal but Mehtab free kick went straight to GK - Ralte.
49': Attack of East Bengal.Baljit's shot went to Ralte.
48': In I-League 2013-14 East Bengal won both leg against Bengaluru FC by 2-0 margin.
46': BFC earned Corner but sunil's corner kick cleared.
46': 2nd half match just starts.
HT : SCORE LINE 0-0 in half time.
45': 2 minute added time.
43': Soumik's cross from left cleared in BFC box.
42': Miss pass galore of East Bengal.
41': Corner to Bengaluru, Sunil's shot from out side box Finally cleared from EB box by Deepak.
40': Bengaluru FC is attacking more and more.
39': Open net missed by Rooney got the ball from right side as misunderstanding between Subhasish and soumit.
35': 0-0 still is the score line.
34': Well save of Ralte off right sided cross of Deepak.
32': YELLOW CARD to Deepak of East Bengal who fouled Sunil.
30': Still the scoreline is 0-0.
28': Attack of East Bengal. Mehtab to Ranti but too late to take action, ball cleared.
23': Defending Champions Bengaluru FC is dominating.
22': Another brilliant save of Subhasish off Lyndoh's long ranger.
20': Brilliant save of Subhasish from advancing Robin in East Bengal box.
18': Corner to East Bengal. Bertos kick went to Ralte's hand.
14': GREAT Escape of East Bengal, Walkar's left footer long ranger hits the post and out.
12': Soumik's long ranger from Avinash in left went to Ralte.
9': Long ball to Ranty Martins went out.
7': Brilliant tackle of Deepak off Keegan's right sided attack.
6': East Bengal is playing small passes.
4': Right sided attack of East Bengal long ball of Deepak cleared in Bengaluru box.
2': Bengalur's attack went for Throw in.
2': East Bengal drew 0-0 in their first game against Sporting Goa.
1': Attack of East Bengal dismissed by courtis.
1': First attack of KEB, Ranty's shot went to Ralte.
1': Match starts at YBK.
1': Match is going to start.
1': Captain of East Bengal Khabra and Captain of Bengaluru Sunil with the match officials.
0': Match is going to start.

I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : East Bengal to face Bengaluru FC at home.

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27.01.2015: PREVIEW : "I DID NOT LIKE TO PLAY AT YUBA BHARATI" : East Bengal Coach ARMANDO Colaso

East Bengal will going to clash against the defending champions Bangaluru FC at Yubabharati Kriangan on Wednesday evening. East Bengal drew their first match against Sporting Clube and desperate to continue their winning run against Bangaluru FC. While the Federation Cup champions are not at a comfortable start as they drew their first match against Dempo and lost to Pune FC 1-3 in their second match.

In the post match Press Meeting, East Bengal coach Armando Colaco said that the performance of his team is miserable in the Federation Cup. He added that his footballers are now set to give their best in the I-League. East Bengal's target is earn three points against Bangaluru FC at home. Though all his footballers are not fully fit and there are a series of injuries which comprises of Dudu Omegbemi, Lalrindika Raltey Sylo Malsamtulunga and Cavin Lobo.

Armando said that his players are not fully fit and fatigue due to the tight schedule of ISL and Federation Cup. A win against Bangaluru FC will boost up the morale of East Bengal. Bangaluru is a well prepared team as none of their footballers participated in the Indian Super League. While interacting Armando once again showed his dissatisfaction with the artificial turf of Yubabharati Krianangan. He said," I did not like to play in Saltlake Stadium."

Astley Westwood, the Bangaluru FC coach are of the opinion that the tight schedule has effected the performance of his team. Bangaluru Fc had to play as many as 3 games in a span of eight days including a clash with Royal Wahingdoh in chilly Shillong and the AFC Champions League trip to Malaysia. In the pre match press conference at Kolkata today Westwood said, "We've played East Bengal three times and lost all the matches.

So it's a record as bad as it can get and we're happy to go into this game as underdogs. They have a good side and the crowd will be behind them. It's going to be a good, tough game and one that we will be well prepared for".

The match will start at 7 pm