I-League: East Bengal cruises to its fifth successive win

Willis Plaza conjured two moments of great finishing to help East Bengal dominate Mumbai FC 2-0 while cruising to its fifth straight win, in the I-League fixture at the Vidyasagar Stadium, Barasat on Wednesday.

The host found both the goals within a span of seven minutes in the first half to establish a clear lead in the current league standings.   -  AIFF

Willis Plaza conjured two moments of great finishing to help East Bengal dominate Mumbai FC 2-0 while cruising to its fifth straight win, in the I-League fixture at the Vidyasagar Stadium, Barasat on Wednesday. The host found both the goals within a span of seven minutes in the first half to establish a clear lead in the current league standings.

East Bengal went into the match with the same flourish that saw it thrashing Minerva Punjab 5-0, in the previous outing at the latter's address, and hardly gave Mumbai FC the space to settle down. The host had the first opportunity through its Haitian attacker

Wedson Anselme, who saw his long ranger going wide. East Bengal made amends in the 10th minute through the Trinidad and Tobago striker, Plaza, who showed fine poaching skills in foxing the Mumbai FC defence. Plaza chested a cross from Rahul Bheke down and cleared himself for the attempt pulling the ball out from a crowd of three Mumbai defenders. He finished with a fine left-footer to make it a brilliant effort in the end.

Before the visitor could think of regrouping after conceeding the initial goal, Plaza brought out another edition of scoring skill to secure the insurance goal for East Bengal, in the 17th minute. Lalrindika Ralte set up a long floater aiming for Plaza hovering on top of the Mumbai box. The Caribbean striker plucked the ball from the air with a spectacular effort and finished with a rasping left-footer to have the stands eruption in wild jubilation.

The Mmubai side also got the ball in the net on two occasions but both were denied by the match supervisors. The first one happening in 57th minute was ruled off-side after Mumbai attacker Densil Theobald slot the ball into the left side of the net with a nice effort. The one in the 84th minute was overruled as the assistant referee thought the ball had not crossed the line though substitute Karan Sawhney kept appealing for a goal.

East Bengal could have got more in the second half but Robin Singh could not replicate the efficiency of Plaza, when he was set up with chances twice inside the Mumbai box.

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