ISL 2020-21 news: SC East Bengal comes from behind to hold 10-man FC Goa

A 65th-minute goal from Daniel Fox cancelled out Igor Angulo's opener as SC East Bengal drew 1-1 with FC Goa in a game which saw the Gaurs' skipper Edu Bedia dismissed.

FC Goa captain Edu Bedia receives his second yellow card in the match against SC East Bengal at the Fatorda Stadium in Margao on Friday.   -  ISL/SPORTZPICS

SC East Bengal wasted a number of scoring opportunities before managing to hold a 10-man FC Goa 1-1 in an ISL 2020-21 match at the Fatorda Stadium on Friday. Igor Angulo put FCG ahead late in the first half before Daniel Fox bagged the equaliser for SCEB in the second to help the latter share the spoils.

East Bengal had the chance to alter the scoreline in the very first minute when it was awarded a spot-kick. East Bengal’s left-back Narayan Das was brought down by Goa defender Mohamed Ali prompting the referee to point to the spot.

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Anthony Pilkington produced a heartbreak for the Red and Gold Brigade sending the penalty attempt wide. The Gaurs regrouped quickly and almost got the break in the fifth minute when Angulo got the ball clear in the East Bengal box. However, he failed to beat goalkeeper Debjit Majumder from close range.

Goa defenders found East Bengal forward Bright Enobakhare’s silken skills with the ball a bit too hot to handle as the forward from Nigeria weaved past his challengers in the 27th minute to release Pilkington in front of goal. But the Irish midfielder was sloppy with his finishing once again.

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FCG found the breakthrough in the 39th minute when Angulo made no mistake receiving a nice through-ball from compatriot Alberto Noguera, who split the SCEB defence open to find the former in the right spot inside the penalty box.

East Bengal returned strongly after the break and created a lot more opportunities but its finishing left lot to be desired. Finally, it fell on the seasoned defender Fox to find the equaliser, which he did off a corner from Pilkington. Goa was reduced to 10 men in the 65th minute when its captain Edu Bedia was given the marching orders after a second booking. But East Bengal failed to take advantage of its numerical superiority in the end.

THE RESULT: FC Goa 1 (Igor Angulo 39') drew with SC East Bengal 1 (Daniel Fox 65').

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