Calcutta Football League: Second-half surge sees East Bengal beat Kalighat 4-2

Catch the highlights updates of the Calcutta Football League match between Quess East Bengal and Kalighat MS from the East Bengal Ground.

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Hello and welcome to the live text commentary of the 2019 Calcutta Football League fixture between Quess East Bengal and Kalighat MS at the East Bengal Ground

 

With the results, East Bengal moved up to third on the points table while Mohun Bagan remained fifth with 11 points.

Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan went down 1-2 to minnow Aryan FC thanks to goals from Ejiogu Emmanuel and Sandeep Oraw. Substitute Subho Ghosh scored a late consolation goal for Bagan.

FULL-TIME: East Bengal 4-2 Kalighat MS

After a shaky first-half East Bengal came out guns blazing in the second half. After being locked on 1-1 at half, the Red and Golds scored two goals on the hour mark and created multiple chances which should have gone in. A brilliant double save from goalkeeper Somnath remains the only bright spot for Kalighat MS which conceded an own goal and saw its midfielder Alexandre sent off for a brash foul.

90+2' Bidyasagar has a good view of the far post, but the striker goes for elevation and finds the sidenetting.

90' Abhishek Ambekar is warned by the referee for a foul throw-in. The fourth official announces four minutes of injury time as the home fans light up the flares.

88' Santos gets into the box but is unable to get past Lassine. Brendan dribbles past three Kalighat players but his final shot is tame which is easily collected by Somnath.

86' Asheer Akhtar is shown a yellow card for a sliding tackle near the halfway line.

83' GOAL EAST BENGAL! East Bengal finds an immediate response. Borja plays a long ball from the deep which Lassine misses completely. Santos reaches on the end of it calmly finishes it past the goalkeeper.

82' GOAL KALIGHAT! Rahul gets to a curling pass from the right side and blasts it into the far post. However, he looked slightly offside as he made the run.

79' Brendan is put through on the left side by Tondomba but is flagged offside.

74' Borja Perez takes to the pitch as he replaces Rohlupuia.

72' The crowd lets out a big gasp as Mahata misses another big opportunity just inside of the box. Mahata finds himself on the end of a cross from the deep and pulls the trigger blindly sending the ball into the stands.

70' Sensational goalkeeping from Somnath Dutta. The keeper makes a low save to keep away Mahata's shot and then throws himself in the path of Bidyasagar's powerful hit to save point-blank range.

67' Red Card! Nothing is going right for Kalighat. Following two goals in matter of five minutes, the whites lose Alexandre is sent off by the referee after he goes a studs-on challenge on Rohlupuia.

65' GOAL EAST BENGAL! Brilliant from Juan Mera. The rounds off goalkeeper Somnath but he anticipates a challenge from Lassine and lays it on the path of Santos to finish into an unguarded net.

64' Kalighat has a spell of possession of its own but is unable to create anything meaningful.

60' GOAL EAST BENGAL! Quite unfortunate for Kalighat defence. Pintu Mahata squares a pass at the near post which Tuhin Sikdar tries to clear. However, the ball hits the outside of his box and hits fellow defender Lassine's shoulder and goes in.

58' Rohlupuia looks in pain after being brought down by a strong tackle just outside the box. Mera stands over the free-kick but his floating delivery is cleared away the Kalighat defence.

55' Crespi gets to Ambekar's cross from the left but he skies the ball.

54' Lassine reads a low cross from Ambekar from the left and hacks it over the byline. Colado takes the corner but nothing comes off it.

52' East Bengal has been dominating the possession in the early period of the second half. Samad and Colado exchange passes on the right side of the box, but Samad's cross at the far post is too heavy and Kalighat has a goalkick.

50' Santos puts Mahata through to the goal, but Somnath is quickly off the line to gather the ball before Mahata gets to it. The goalkeeper seems to have injured himself in the process.

48' Mera sends a dangerous cross from the left wing but Bidyasagar is denied by goalkeeper Somnath's clearance.

46' Second-half begins! Kondomba plays a cross from the midfield to put Manoj towards the goal but he is unable to get on the end of it.

HALF-TIME: East Bengal 1-1 Kalighat MS

45+1' Both the defenses have opened up now. East Bengal goes on a counter Juan Mera put crosses the ball at the far post to Santos. However, the striker hits a wayward shot despite having the time to place his shot.

41' EAST BENGAL EQUALISES! Rohlpuia whips in a corner which is initially saved by Somnath but Bidyasagar pounces on the second ball to smash it into the roof of the net.

37' GOALLLL KALIGHAT! Tuhin Sikdar scores with his first touch of the match within seconds after coming on a substitute. He curls the ball towards the far post and beats goalkeeper.

31' Crespi puts Colado through to the goals with an empty net to score, but the forward a complete mess off it.

27' Raltey jumps to his right to make a low save after Ismail shoots at the near post.

23' Pintu sends a rasping shot towards the goal from the right side but Somnath punches it away.

19' Kalighat counters through Rahul and Bhabani, but the latter messes up the through ball.

15' Juan whips in a corner form the left but its headed away to safety.

9' Pintu and Samad combine on the right wing but the Kalighat defence clears away the danger.

6' Colado tries to shoot from a distance, however the ball safely sails over the crossbar.

2' Bidyasagar gets to the byline is unable to get hold of the ball and gives away a goalkick.

Line-ups:

East Bengal XI: Mawia(GK), Asheer, J. Santos,  Mahata, Tondomba, A.M.M. Crespi, Juan Mera, Samad, Bidyashagar K.H, Manoj, Rohlupuia

KMS XI: Somnath, Nabakumar, Tuhin, Surajit, Lassine, Saddam, Rahul, Bhawani, Paswan, Ismail, Alexandre

 

Where to watch: The match kicks off at 2.30 PM IST and will be telecast live on Sadhna News and will also be streamed on its YouTube channel.