Calcutta Football League: Bidyashagar, Colado hand East Bengal 2-1 win against Southern Samity

Catch the live updates, scores, commentary and highlights of the Calcutta Football League match between Quess East Bengal and Southern Samity from the East Bengal Ground.

Supporters take part in a rally ahead of East Bengal's centenary celebration day.

Supporters take part in a rally ahead of East Bengal's centenary celebration day.   -  PTI

Good evening! Hello and welcome to the highlights of the 2019 Calcutta Football League fixture between Quess East Bengal and Southern Samity.

 

This is Santadeep Dey saying goodbye, for now, as I return to my piping hot cup of tea. Perfect in a weather like this! What say?

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Man of the Match: Mahmoud Al Amna

 

90'+3' FULL TIME: It would be unfair of me to say Southern Samity has played poorly today. Mahmoud Al Amna, especially, has played exceptionally well.

There were occasional flaws which kept appearing from time to time in the side's defence, giving East Bengal the chance to breach the walls with ease. However, there were follies on the other side as well. Amarendu, Kalu and Amna, though failed to take advantage of those chances. The rain played spoilsport, making it difficult to play ground shots, as well.

Overall, it has been quite the day for Kolkata football with the Mariners clinching the other match at Kalyani against Bhowanipur SC 2-0.

90' There would be three minutes of added time, ladies and gents!

87' East Bengal's Ronaldo with another shot on goal but Ishan Debnath with a wonderful save, yet again! You have to give it to the man. He has been excellent today. However, one can only imagine the kind of pressure Southern Samity coach Utpal Mukherjee be under now.

81' But what is this? And out of nowhere, Tudu gets one home!!! He outwits a defender, dribbling past him to whip one to the top corner. Mawia, on this occasion, was absolutely clueless. 

80' East Bengal, if it wins this contest, which, as of now, looks to be quite the probable outcome, will displace Peerless from the top of the table.

75' Borja Gomez wonderfully shields Kalu Ogba within the box. Ogba asks for a penalty but the referee would have none of it. Looks fair to me as well!

71' Juan Mera Gonzalez is greeted with loud cheers from the fans. Remains to be seen whether he can live up to the expectations though.

69' Southern Samity Substitution: Arjun Tudu replaces Ainish Zamadar

62' COLADO SCORES! ANOTHER HEADER FROM ANOTHER CORNER SEES EAST BENGAL INCREASING ITS LEAD TO TWO.

DIKA'S CORNER YET AGAIN AND THIS TIME IT IS COLADO WHO SURGES IN TOWARDS THE CENTRE TO FIND THE TOP CORNER OF THE NET.

61' Meanwhile, it looks like Kassim Aidara might be EB's next sub.

Yes! It is indeed Aidara who will take Naorem's place.

60' Pintu Mahata wastes another opportunity, the simplest of the lot. All he had to do was tap in into the open goal. However, he loses his balance.

59' Southern Samity's counter attack sees Faisal Ali's left-footed shot sails wide off target.

56' Freekick for East Bengal. Ralte to take it and Ishan manages to successfully punch it out to safety.

54' Samad with a wonderful sliding tackle to refuse Southern Samity another chance to advance deep into the EB half. It is wonderful to see how the youngster has evolved under the guidance of Menendez.

50' It has started raining cats and dogs. Borja tackles Subhankar to pass the ball to Pintu Mahata who after a one-two with Colado has lost possession of the ball.  The ball is becoming very difficult to control.

48' Meanwhile it has started raining again at Kolkata to add to the already difficult conditions. Oh, good lord! Meanwhile, Samad Ali pulls off a stunning goalline save!

46' Alejandro Menendez switches to his customary 4-3-3 for the second half.

Meanwhile, Mohun Bagan's Naorem scores! It is 2-0 in favour of Mohun Bagan at Kalyani.

45'+1' HALF TIME: East Bengal has completely ruled this half, with the Indian strike line performing exceptionally. On the other hand, Southern Samity's Amarendu Chakraborty was the one who came close to equalising for the bottom-placed side.

45' There will be an added time of one minute.

43' Yet another long-ranger from Amarendu has been blocked by Borja in the box. Southern Samity looking a bit more energetic over the last few minutes.

39' Woah, so close! Amarendu Chakraborty rushes in from the left flank on a counter attack in search of an equaliser. The ball, unfortunately, rolls out of play.

32' GOAAAAALLLLLL! BIDYASHAGAR SCORES FROM A SETPIECE.

THE LAAL HOLUD BRIGADE MARCHES ON AS DIDIKA RALTE SENDS ANOTHER INSWINGER FROM THE CORNER. COLADO GETS THE FIRST TOUCH, BUT BIDYASHAGAR IS THE ONE WHO SCORES WITH A COMPOSED HEADER AT THE FAR POST.

28' Didika tries to go for a vicious shot from yards outside the box as Ishan pulls off another blinder!

How many days has it been since we saw one of those from Didika? He has been known for scoring from those. Not this time however.

26' Samad's cross floats wide. Too much power on that shot sees another golden opportunity go to waste.

23' The 6ft 1in tall-Borja's header off Dika's corner shot just grazes the top of the crossbar.

19'  Samad's shot from the right has been successfully cleared by goalkeeper Ishan.

Interestingly, both of the aforementioned players have been stars in the Indian Super League. While Samad has featured for the Kerala Blasters, Ishan has played for both Delhi Dynamos and NorthEast United FC.

15' The crowd chants, "Ale! Ale!" even as QEB stays on the hunt.

Of late, coach Alejandro Menendez has earned the nickname of 'Sir Ale' on social media.

Additionally, Menendez has gone for four new players in the defence today, a trend this season to keep switching players in the squad. The 53-year-old has been mostly testing his bench strength for the upcoming I-League throughout CFL. Will this move help in the long run?

13' Didikaaaa! That was so close... A wonderful curler from the corner has been cleared by Amarendu.

10' Faisal Ali, 20, an academy product of Southern Samity, has an attempt at the goal, courtesy a wonderful pass from Al Amna, but that shot lacked firepower. All good for the Red and Gold squad.

7' Ainish with another crucial interception here as Boithang looks for a shot after being played into the box from the right. The players are relying on a lot of long passes today. After the rain delay, it is becoming difficult to keep the ball on the ground.

6' Madrid's Borja Gomez can be seen meanwhile for the first time in CFL 2019 owing to the new rule which allows the inclusion of six foreigners in a side. This rule has been implemented post last Sunday's Derby.

3' Kalu Ogba with a wonderful interception on a long shot form East Bengal. A lot would depend on Kalu and Syrian midfielder Al Amna today.

1' And Southern Samity starts proceedings amid cries of "Egiye Cholo... East Bengal". Meanwhile, news from the centre: Mohun Bagan has already slotted one home courtesy Alexander.
 

  • Meanwhile, after 27 minutes, the scoreline at Kalyani reads Mohun Bagan 0-0 Bhowanipur SC.
     
  • There is a hint of sunlight now, as the players make their way to the middle for some warmups. Match is expected to start shortly.
     
  • Meanwhile, the Shobuj Maroon squad has set the ball rolling at Kalyani and within three minutes, they already have a corner. Will they be able to convert?
     
  • Well, there is bad news, ladies and gentlemen! There is a rain delay. Stay tuned!
     

The Playing XI:

East Bengal: Mawia, Samad, Asheer, Borja, Manoj, Pintu, Tondomba, Dika, Boithang, Santos, Bidhyasagar

Southern Samity: Ishan, Ainish, Samuel, Govin, Subhankar, Kalu Ogba, Al Amna, Faisal, Amarendu, Uttam

Referee: Animesh Biswas

 

02:41 PM: While we wait for the action to resume, here's something interesting for you- Did you know? Indian cricket legend Kapil Dev had signed a contract with East Bengal in 1992! Here's more on that - Kapil Dev and his love affair with East Bengal

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Where to watch: The match kicksoff at 3 p.m. IST and will be telecast live on Sadhna News and streamed on its YouTube channel.