I-League: Colado nets East Bengal’s winner

Jamie Santos Colado’s early second half goal helped East Bengal to get back to winning ways with a 1-0 verdict against Indian Arrows in an I-League match at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Friday.

Action during the I-League fixture between East Bengal and Indian Arrows in Kolkata on Friday.   -  AIFF

Jamie Santos Colado’s early second half goal helped East Bengal to get back to winning ways with a 1-0 verdict against Indian Arrows in an I-League match at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Friday.

EB, which had lost its previous match to Chennai City FC, lost its defender Manoj Mohammad in injury time due to two yellow cards, resulting in a red, but managed to beat Arrows twice in 10 days. With three points from the victory, EB aggregated 22.

Arrows, fielding six under-17 World Cuppers in the starting XI, gave a good fight in the opening half.

Anwar Ali led the Arrows’ defence with promptness, while goalkeeper Prabhusukhan Singh Gill protected the goal with alertness.

Arrows primarily depended on the dead ball in their search for a goal. Rahul K.P. did some hard work upfront without any success.

EB was slow early on and did not have any real scoring chance in the first half-an-hour.

A 35th minute throw-in resulted in the best chance when Frenchman Kassim Aidara’s shot from outside the box hit the upright.

Colado’s wrong passing inside the area did not help EB minutes before the half-time.

EB showed some urgency in the second half and got the much-awaited lead in the 48th minute. Jobby Justin went past Boris Singh to provide a low ball to Colado and the Spaniard tapped in from a goalmouth melee.

The home team got several chances but lacked the cutting edge to inflate the lead.

Dovale sent in a cross but neither Johnny Acosta nor Aidara could score in the 54th minute.

On anther occasion, a sliding Jobby could not connect to a brilliant pass from Colado.

Gill thwarted an attempt from Dovale in the 69th minute, while Jobby could not benefit from a through ball from Dovale even after going past the Arrows’ custodian four minutes later.

EB’s story of missed opportunities was never-ending as the Jobby-Colado combine met with disappointment closer to the final whistle.

The result: East Bengal 1 (Colado 48) bt Indian Arrows 0.

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