- That's all from my side for today. The CFL action ends for today but Sportstar will be back tomorrow for more action from Indian football as the Indian national team takes on Qatar in its second match of the 2022 World Cup qualifier. Stay tuned for updates on that, and more! Till then, ciao!
- Peerless, with the 1-0 win, now moves at the top of the CFL standings. It beats Mohun Bagan for the first place, with a two-point lead. What a performance Peerless has put up - beating both the Kolkata heavyweights!
FULL TIME: EAST BENGAL 0-1 PEERLESS SC - Ansumana Kromah's penalty-kick seals another big win for Peerless as it defeats East Bengal on the Red and Gold brigade's home ground! On August 5, Peerless had gotten the better of Mohun Bagan, and now it has defeated East Bengal!
90+5 '- Free-kick for East Bengal but nothing comes off it. And that's it, Peerless has caused an upset as it beats East Bengal! First Mohun Bagan and now East Bengal, Peerless has emerged victorious against both the Kolkata giants!
90+2' - CHAOS! A fight breaks out between East Bengal and Peerless players as Santos misbehaves with Peerless goalkeeper, who went down stopping Santos' flick. Seeing Santos fiddle with the goalkeeper, East Bengal players Borja, Marcos and few others get into a fight with the visiting side, especially with Kromah. The officials have to step in to break it out as a lot of pushes and words are exchanged.
90' - Five minutes of additional time has been introduced. Can East Bengal find an equaliser?
85' - CLOSE! Samad's header effort off Lalrindika's cross is punched away by Peerless goalkeeper.
80' - CHANCE! Kamalpreet's free-kick is challenged by the Peerless defender and as the loose ball reaches Brandon, he tries to slot it home but the ball flies just over the bar! East Bengal is still trailing.
79' - WHAT A SAVE! Mawia pulls off a diving save as he gets the vital touch on Pankaj's shot from the box, after the Peerless midfielder charged from the midfield, beating Kamalpreet.
74' - Mahata is substituted with Samad. East Bengal has just over 15 minutes to turnaround the result.
70' - CHANCE! Peerless' Jiten sprints down the right wing and his run is wonderful. He gets through the East Bengal defence, cuts his way into the box and just as he takes a shot, Abhishek puts in a timely tackle to deflect the attempt. Jiten misses the mark, but what an attempt from the player!
69' - Looks like Kromah has hurt his back after Kamalpreet put in a foul from behind.
65' - GOAL! ANSUMANA KROMAH SCORES FROM THE PENALTY SPOT AND BRINGS PEERLESS SC UP 1-0! He sends Mawia the wrong way as he finds the centre of the net.
65' - PENALTY FOR PEERLESS SC! Kamalpreet brings down Pankaj in the box!
62' - Alejandro Menendez has brought on Jaime Santos Colado to replace Marcos. Will this change be the turning point in today's game for East Bengal?
58' - Substitution for East Bengal: star player Bidyashagar comes on! He replaces Ronaldo.
57'- Corner for East Bengal and Brandon takes it. He sends the ball into the box but Peerless defence clears it. Kromah tries to attack on the counter but Aidara intercepts.
56' - Substitution for Peerless: Pankaj replaces Dipankar.
51' - Counter-attack from Peerless as Jiten tries to invade the East Bengal defence, but Mehtab comes forward to clear the danger.
48' - A draw for Peerless will take it to the top of the league, above Mohun Bagan, owing to a better goal difference. Will it be able to restrict East Bengal today?
- SECOND HALF KICKS OFF -
HALF TIME: EAST BENGAL 0-0 PEERLESS SC - A goalless first half at the East Bengal Ground. Both teams showed some attacking intent but have failed to convert their chances. Second half awaits.
45+2' - Marcos' miscued shot from outside the box flies away from goal. With that, the first half comes to an end.
45' - Two minutes of additional time has been introduced.
42'- It is no more pouring at the venue but it isn't pouring goals either! Still goalless.
38' - Abhishek sprints through the left wing as he tries to keep the ball in but fails in the end. A good effort from the defender - his side has been dominating since the last ten minutes. Will East Bengal get the lead before the break?
36'- OFF THE POST! Lalrindika steps up for a East Bengal free-kick, and he sends the ball into the box. From within the box, Marcos heads the ball but it bounces off the far post! Unlucky Marcos.
34' - CHANCE! East Bengal wins the ball from Peerless - Marcos combines well with Brandon in the midfield and they try to set up Ronaldo up front. However, the final pass is heavy and Ronaldo cannot chase it in time.
32' - It is now raining at the ground, will this make things difficult for the teams?
28' - It has been goalless so far at the East Bengal ground - both teams have shown some attacking display but neither have been successful in finishing off the chances. It is currently East Bengal 0-0 Peerless SC.
24' - SAVE! Laldanmawia comes off his line to deny Kromah a chance at goal after the Liberian was set free in the box and was rushing towards the mark. Kamalpreet did well to mark his man, but Mawia ensured the ball was cleared at the goal line!
22' - CLEARANCE! Abhishek clears the ball sent into the box by the Peerless midfielders, after they charged on from the left wing.
19' - Lalrindika plays a throughball for Marcos up top. The Spaniard makes the run but cannot get the better of defender Kallon, who clears the ball. Marcos shows a thumbs-up, appreciating the effort from the East Bengal midfield.
16' - East Bengal gets the first corner of the match, which is taken by skipper Lalrindika. He sends the ball into the wall, but it is cleared by Peerless. In the process, Edmond injures himself and is down on the ground.
13' - Meanwhile, Abhishek has been shown a yellow card for his foul from behind on Jiten.
12' - Lalrindika takes the free-kick for East Bengal as he chips the ball for Marcos in the box. Marcos, from the left side of the box, tries to stretch out his foot to tap the ball in but the Peerless goalkeeper comes out to avert the danger.
11' - Mohanraj fouls as he brings down East Bengal skipper Lalrindika. The visiting side is awarded a free-kick.
8'- East Bengal's Mehtab plays a lofted ball forward for Marcos, who rises high to head it, but fails to send it into the goal. A good delivery nonetheless from Mehtab.
5' - Peerless gets a free-kick and Avinabo takes it. He sends it into the wall and a Peerless player heads it towards the goal. Mawia, though, easily collects it.
3'- Peerless plays the ball out from the back and a delivery is aimed up top for an onrushing Kromah. Kromah makes the run but the linesman raises the flag as the Peerless captain is offside.
1' - KICK-OFF! OFF WE GO.
2:57 PM: The teams are now walking to the field. East Bengal is donning the red colour, while Peerless is in blue.
2:45 PM: Kick-off is about 15 minutes away. Let's take a look at the CFL standings until then - 1) Mohun Bagan 2) Peerless SC 3) Bhowanipore Club 4) East Bengal 5) Mohammedan SC 6) George Telegraph 7) Rainbow AC 8) Aryan 9) BSS SC 10) Calcutta Customs 11) Kalighat 12) Southern Samity.
Where to watch: The match kicks off at 3 PM IST and will be telecast live on Sadhna News and will also be streamed on its YouTube channel.