I-League, As it Happened: East Bengal 1 - 1 Punjab FC - match 60

Catch all the highlights and updates from match 60 of I-League 2019-20 in which East Bengal hosts Punjab FC at the Kalyani Stadium on Thursday.

East Bengal is sixth on the I-League points table.

East Bengal sits 10th in the I-League points table with just 11 points from 10 matches.   -  Twitter/I-League

Catch all the highlights from the East Bengal vs Punjab FC I-League 2019-20 game. Today's action unfurls at the Kalyani Stadium in West Bengal.

 

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Punjab FC stays second in the 2019-20 I-League points table with 18 points from 12 matches after this 1-1 draw against East Bengal. This is the side's sixth draw this season.

East Bengal, on the other hand, moves above NEROCA FC to ninth place with 12 points from 11 games. NEROCA will play table-topper Mohun Bagan tomorrow. 

THE MATCH IS DONE AND DUSTED!

90+4' SUBSTITUTION! PC Rohlupuia replaces the goal scorer Ansumana Kromah as East Bengal coach Rivera decides to waste the last few seconds.

90' Four minutes of stoppage time to be added on! SHOT! Girik Khosla could have completed his double there. But he lets one fly a long way past the post.

87' CORNER FOR PUNJAB! Barboza will take the kick instead of Sanju Pradhan. The ball falls to Dicka who comes up with a very poor effort. East Bengal wins back possession.

84' CHANCE! Jaime Santos Colado with a long ball into the box but Punjab FC defender Kingsley Eze intercepts it and kicks it out of play. Throw-in for East Bengal.

80' CHANGE!! Naorem Tondomba Singh comes in for East Bengal captain Brandon Vanlalremdika. Last 10 minutes of the 60th match of the 2019-20 I-League season.

78' YELLOW CARD FOR EAST BENGAL'S COACH! Mario Rivera was arguing too much there. The ball had hit the referee and he called for a restart during an EB counter. The players were furious as well but it will be their manager who is booked.

74' GOALLINE CLEARANCE!!!! BEST CHANCE OF THE SECOND HALF! Kingsley Eze lost the ball inside the box and EB's Kromah got to it immediately. He took his time and fired one towards goal but Anwar Ali makes a brilliant goalline clearance to save Punjab's day.

72' SUBSTITUTION! Mario Rivera makes his first change of the evening. Espada is relaced by Juan Mera, who wins a corner straightaway. Captain Brandon takes a poor set-piece once again.

68' INJURY! EB goalie Mirshad is down! He's receiving treatment and is fine. CHANCE! Immediately after the restart East Bengal was on the attack and Kromah went for another long ranger but this time the ball goes way off target.

64' YELLOW-CARD!!! First booking of the evening! Punjab's Barboza goes into the referee's book for his silly tackle on EB forward Espada.

61' SECOND CHANGE FOR PUNJAB! Dipanda Dicka comes in for Valci Teixeira. Dicka has represented East Bengal's arch-rival Mohun Bagan in the past.

58' SUBSTITUTION!! Ex-East Bengal player Cavin Lobo replaces Makan Winkle Chothe in the middle for Punjab FC. Punjab coach Yan Cheng Law looks animated on the sidelines. 

55' SAVE! Punjab keeper Kiran Limbu palms away a shot from Ansumana Kromah. No EB player could get to the rebound as Danilo clears it away.

53' GOAL-KICK! Valci Teixeira and Barboza with a move forward for Punjab. Valci's final shot was pretty poor as East Bengal gets away with it. Mirshad takes the kick.

50' SHOT! Ansumana Kromah with another shot from long. It goes just wide. Punjab FC gave the Liberian forward too much space there.

48' The only stat which East Bengal dominates in this match is the foul count. Another foul by the team - it's ninth today. Punjab has committed three so far.

THE SECOND HALF BEGINS!

Ansumana Kromah's stunning opener gave East Bengal an early lead in just the ninth minute. However, once again the Kolkata giant has let the advantage slip as Punjab FC had equalised through Girik Mahesh Khoshla in the 40th minutes. Forty-five minutes to go. Stay Tuned!

THE FIRST HALF COMES TO AN END!

45+3' OFFSIDE! EB's Mehtab Singh will take the kick. Punjab FC is dominating the match now. East Bengal seems to have lost the plot once again.

45' Three minutes to be added on!!! FREE-KICK FOR EB!! Skipper Brandon will take it. And it's a poor one. Punjab goes on the counter and Chothe gets dispossessed as he wastes a lot of time on the ball.

40' EQUALISER!!!! KHOSLA SCORES FOR PUNJAB!!! Brilliant team move and East Bengal's clumsiness continues! Danilo had come forward for a set piece and he stayed on for a while. He received the ball evaded a few opposition players and sent in a pass towards Barboza who crossed the ball towards an onrushing Girik Mahesh Khosla who finished the move off with a goal on the volley. Top notch finish from the Indian player! EB keeper Mirshad had no chance!

39' As expected, EB has fizzled out after dominating early on. Punjab too hasn't created any clear-cut chances so far. Most of the battles in this match have begun and ended in midfield.

36' SAVE! EB won a throw-in and Abhash Thapa took it. But he just gave away the ball to an opponent and a Punjab counter-attack was initiated. Barboza to Valci to Sanju Pradhan who fired one towards goal from close range. East Bengal keeper Mirshad dived at the right time to avert the danger for his side.

33' FREE-KICK FOR PUNJAB! Captain Sanju Pradhan lines up to take it. His shot is punched away by EB keeper Mirshad. CORNER FOR PUNJAB! And Punjab FC wastes back-to-back set pieces.

31' FREE-KICK FOR EB! Brandon will take it and he hits it out for a Punjab goalkick. That was a very bad free-kick.

29' ANOTHER PLAYER DOWN! EB's Brandon Vanlalremdika goes down and the referee had initially signalled EB to play on. But later he blows his whistle. Punjab players don't look happy. This match has been a stop-start affair so far.

26' INJURY! Jaime Santos is down. EB's medical staff rush into the field. However, it's nothing serious and the player will continue. Play restarts!

23' Punjab centre-back Danilo just overpowers Espada near flag. EB's Spanish forward goes down expecting a foul but referee Umesh Bora gives nothing.

20' Punjab has mostly cleared balls during East Bengal attacks today. The team is struggling to attack on its own here. Espada, Santos and Kromah look lethal up front for EB.

17' FOUL!! Espada with another run foward but Anwar Ali comes to Punjab's rescue. The defender goes down and the referee awards a free-kick against EB. Espada is furious!!

15' CHANCE FOR PUNJAB! Skipper Sanju Pradhan makes a run on the right wing. He sends a ball towards his forward Valci Teixeira but EB keeper Mirshad gets there first.

12' CHANCE! Espada with a run into the box. Limbu comes off his line and manages to get the ball away. Kromah and Espada are linking up well as expected.

9' GOALLLLL!!!! AN ABSOLUTE BEAUTY FROM ANSUMANA KROMAH!!! He gives EB an early lead here. First shot on target from the men in red and gold and it's a stunner from the Liberian forward. He received the ball outside the box and went for the long ranger and beat Punjab shotstopper Limbu.

6' East Bengal has dominated the early exchanges in this match against Punjab FC. However, this has been the story of EB's season. It starts every game well but makes too many mistakes as the time goes on.

3' CROSS! Jaime Santos collects a throw-in and makes a run on the left flank. However, his cross into the box goes straight to Punjab keeper Kiran Limbu.

AND THE MATCH IS UNDERWAY!

Punjab FC currently sits second in the 2019-20 I-League points table, behind Mohun Bagan. East Bengal, on the other hand, occupies the tenth place, only above Indian Arrows at the moment.

The match will begin in a few minutes!

TEAM LINEUPS:

East Bengal XI: Mirshad K(G), Asheer Akhtar, Kamalpreet Singh, Jaime Santos Colado, Abhash Thapa, Kassim Aidara, Marcos Espada, Ansumana Kromah, Samad Ali Mallick, B Vanlalremdika (C), Mehtab Singh.

COACH: Mario Rivera Campesino.

Punjab FC XI: Kiran Kumar Limbu(G), Nirmal Chettri, Danilo Azevedo, Anwar, Sergio Barboza Junior, Sanju Pradhan(C), Makan Winkle Chothe, Valci Teixeira Junior, Kingsley Eze, Munmun Lugun, Girik Mahesh Khosla.

COACH: Yan Cheng Law.

- MATCH PREVIEW -

Deserted by both form and fortune, a beleaguered East Bengal will look to stop its slide down the points table when it takes on Punjab FC in an I-League fixture at the Kalyani Stadium on Thursday.

Having lost five matches in the last six outings, East Bengal took a big tumble in the league table and now finds itself struggling at the 10th spot among 11 teams in the standings.

With its investor Quess Corp going through the motions after reiterating its decision to divest its stake by the end of the season, East Bengal finds itself in a financial bind. Just when things were not working out for the team, Spanish head coach Alejandro Menendez put in his papers, deepening the crisis. Now, there are talks about some of the foreign players looking for a way out.

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Menendez’s assistant Mario Rivera, who currently is in charge of the team, shot down the speculations saying all the players are available for selection. “We are trying to work hard and improve on our shortcomings that have cost us the last few matches. We are looking to focus on each match and not think too ahead of ourselves,” he said on the eve of the match.

Rivera knows his team faces a difficult task against Punjab, a team that has lost only once in the last 10 outings and is presently placed second in the table. “We are here with an eye on the championship and will be looking to return to our rhythm quickly,” said Yan Law, the Punjab coach.

After remaining unbeaten in nine matches, Punjab suffered the only defeat against current leader Mohun Bagan in the previous outing at the same venue. The visitor will thus be eager to turn things around, taking on a seemingly weaker opposition in East Bengal.

Match details

East Bengal vs Punjab FC will kick off at 5 PM IST and can be watched on 1Sports and FanCode App. Live online streaming is also available.