I-League, as it happened: Perez penalty gives East Bengal 1-0 win

Catch the live commentary, updates and more from the I-League game between Real Kashmir and East Bengal from the TRC Turf Ground in Srinagar.

Real Kashmir train ahead of their clash against East Bengal.   -  I-League website

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the Real Kashmir vs East Bengal I-League game. This is Aashin Prasad bringing you the updates as the action unfolds.

 

90' +9' The referee finally blows the final whistle East Bengal takes home the crucial three points in what was an ill-tempered tie. East Bengal moves second in the table, while RKFC slips to fourth.

90' +7' Red cards each for Edmund and Higginbotham. The referee seems to have lost the plot today with all the cards he has dished out.

90' +6' A spectator steps out onto the pitch and it seems like he has struck Jaime Santos. The EB player is down on the pitch.

90' +4' GOOAL! Perez steps up and slots it high on to the right side. East Bengal nicks it late.

90' +3' At the other end, Mera dribbles past two players and is brought down inside the box! The referee shows no hesitation in awarding the penalty.

90' +3' Poor from Lyngdoh who could have simply squared the ball for Higginbotham on the break. But he looks to dribble and runs into traffic.

90' +2' Ball played over the top into Edmund but he can't keep it in play. Three minutes left for EB to find a winner.

Five minutes of added time.

90' A loose ball falls for Ralte and his left-footed strike is saved by Lachenpa.

87' Aidara brings down Krizo outside his box and the referee books him for that challenge. Freekick from over 25 yards out. Robterson's low effort is deflected off the ball and sneaks wide of the far post.

86' What a chance for RKFC as Higginbotham checked in from the right and squared a pass for Ganie, who failed to keep his shot on target.

83' Krizo plays in Lyngdoh at the far post and the winger's scuffed shot is saved by Mirshad. That was a big chance for RKFC.

Robin Singh, who was substituted earlier, has been sent off while being on the bench. Not sure what exactly happened there.

80' Krizo brings down the ball played over the top, turns past his marker and has a shot at goal which is pushed behind for a corner.

12 minutes to go here and EB takes off its centerback in favour of an attacking midfielder.

EB change: Akhtar off for Lalrindika Ralte

75' Foul from Brandon on Higginbotham. Krizo is the target from the free-kick and the forward's layoff is played out of danger by East Bengal.

Double change for RKFC: Krizzo and Khalid Qayoom on for Robin Singh and Bazie Armand

EB change: Edmund Lalrindika comes on for Bidyashagar

70' Higginbotham whips in a cross from the right side and Lyngdoh heads it wide.

67' Katebe shoves Mera off the ball and the linesman awards a free-kick near the corner flag.

66' Colado finds Bidyashagar with a ball between the lines and the latter's shot is deflected behind for a corner. Lachenpa punches out the resulting corner kick.

63' Perez with a chipped ball over the top to find the run of Brandon but there was a bit too much pace on the ball. Lachenpa collects it.

61' Brilliant hold up play by Higginbotham as he looks to make his way into the EB half but he is checked by Brandon.

58' Robin Singh wins the ball ahead of Perez but in the process knocks the midfielder down. The referee blows the whistle and stops RKFC's chance of a counterattack. RKFC players and the bench aren't happy with that decision.

A win for East Bengal will take it to fourth on the table.

56' Mera with a layoff for Aidara inside the RKFC box but Loveday gets to the ball before the midfielder could take a shot at goal.

A fourth yellow card for Real Kashmir.

55' Bazzie Armand with a high boot and takes out Victor Perez in the process. He only gets a yellow card for what was a dangerous foul. East Bengal players surrounded the referee immediately asking for a straight red.

53' Mera is on target with the freekick and Lachenpa remains firm to punch it out of the box.

52' Foul on Mera, who looks to cut in from the right. Lyngdoh checks him down.

50' With the man advantage, East Bengal pressing Kashmir high up the pitch in search of the opening goal.

46' Real Kashmir kicks off the second half. And Higginbotham wins a corner immediately. The corner kick fails to beat the first defender inside theee box.

SECOND HALF

After four and a half minutes of stoppage time play, the half comes to an end. We have seen four yellow cards and a red in what has been a stop-start first 45 minutes. East Bengal shading the possession comfortably but it hasn't had a shot on target yet.

45' +3' Chance for Robin Singh to open the scoring but he fails to connect with a shot after Acosta's header fell onto his path by the near post.

45' +2' The duo square up again and this time the referee books Acosta.

45' +1' Robin Singh and Johnny Acosta are at it again inside East Bengal's box after a corner kick. The referee intervenes.

45' The ball falls onto the path of Bidyashagar, who turns and takes a shot at goal which is blocked by Robertson. East Bengal players thinks there was handball in that but the referee thinks otherwise.

43' Bidyashagar takes a shot from distance but it flies wide of the far post.

Things are kicking off here in Srinagar. Santos squares up against Higginbotham which leads to stoppage in play.

38' RED CARD for Real Kashmir! The ball was squared on to the path of Danish Farooq to take a shot from the edge of the box but he looked to dance his way past Acosta and in the process goes down. The referee waves away the penalty appeals and instead gives a second yellow for the player for simulation.

35' Samad Mallick catches the toe of Robin, who goes down clutching his foot. He is okay to continue now.

33' Lyngdoh thrills the home crowd with a good dribble but no meaningful chance comes of it.

Acosta has a bandage on his forehead after that elbow from Robin Singh.

28' A first corner for Real Kashmir after Danish does well to control a long ball from the back inside East Bengal's half. The corner is headed way from the box by an East Bengal player.

26' A third Real Kashmir booking after Mason Robertson left his foot in on a East Bengal player during a challenge.

25' Another yellow card for Real Kashmir player with Robin Singh going into the book for hitting Acosta in the face with a stray elbow.

It's all East Bengal at the moment with the home side struggling to make its way into the opposition half.

22' Mera stringing things together for East Bengal as he plays in Thapa down the left flank but the left back's cross is deflected behind for a corner.

21' Mera again swings in a dangerous cross from the right and Katebe needed to pull off an acrobatic header.

19' Brilliant combination play involving Perez, Santos, Mera and Samad releases the right back down the flanks. The low cross into the box is cut out, however. Danish fouled Santos in the build up to the move and the referee books the Kashmir midfielder.

17' Thapa with a header across goal needed Lachenpa to spring into action and make the save.

16' First corner for East Bengal after the ball is deflected behind. From the short corner, Mera's inswinger is off target.

14' East Bengal's one-touch play sees it make a foray into Kashmir's box but a delay in taking a shot by Santos allows Kahsmir defenders to regroup and get the ball away from the box.

11' Good play from Santos and Mera on the right flank releases the latter down the byline. The winger's cross is picked out of the air by Lachenpa.

10' Kassim Aidara, playing in central midfield, snuffs out a cross into the box.

8' From the throw in, a cross into the East Bengal box required Mirshad to stick his arm out to palm the ball away from danger.

8' Robin Singh wins Kashmir a throw in after having been played through on goal.

6' Good one touch play on the left flank to release Danish Farooq, but he is flagged offside.

East Bengal looking to build play from the back but its early forays have been thwarted by Real Kashmir's backline. 

1' East Bengal kicks things off in its white away kit.

FIRST HALF

Starting line-ups

Real Kashmir: Phurba Lachenpa (GK), Lalhmangaihsanga Ralte, Loveday Enyinnaya, Aaron Katebe, Mason Robertson, Chesterpoul Lyngdoh, Bazie Armand, Farhan Ganie, Kallum Michael Higginbotham, Danish Farooq, Robin Singh (Substitutes: Muhammad Hammad, Khalid Qayoom, Gnohere Krizo, Brian Mascarenhas, Arun Nagial, Ujawar Bhat, Hyder Yousuf)

East Bengal: K. Mirshad (GK), Asheer Akhtar, Jhonny Acosta Zamora, Abhash Thapa, Samad Ali Mallick, Kassim Aidara, Juan Gonzalez, Victor Perez, Brandon Vanlalremdika, Jaime Santos Colado, Bidhyashagar Singh (Substitutes: Lalthuammawia Ralte, Boithang Haokip, Edmund Lalrindika, Marcos De La Espada, Lalrindika Ralte, Abhishek Ambekar, Monotosh Chakladar)

Match preview | Second spot up for grabs for Real Kashmir in East Bengal tussle

Real Kashmir FC will look to ride on its impressive form at home when it hosts East Bengal on Monday. Real Kashmir is currently placed third with 22 points from 14 games and a win on Monday at the TRC Ground can take it to the second spot. The side comes into this game after a 1-0 win over NEROCA FC.

The Snow Leopards, who have excelled in counter-attacking football and converting set-pieces to win games, will be looking for another strong showing at home. They had lost just once in their six previous matches at home. Speaking on the eve of the match, Real Kashmir FC’s Mason Robertson said, “It is an important match for us. They have not lost a match in the last five encounters and are looking like a much stronger side than before.”

“We have the home advantage and we believe in our team and in our game. We will have to make sure we move the ball fast and catch them off-guard whenever possible,” he added.

East Bengal will have similar aspirations as it sits fifth on the table with 20 points from 15 games. A win against Real Kashmir away from home will help the side in its bid to secure a good position in the points table at the end of the league.

East Bengal midfielder Jaime Santos Colado was happy with the way the team has made a comeback in the league. He said: “The team is regaining confidence and playing good games. We must continue on the same path in the remaining matches. Real Kashmir is a great team — both home and away. In the first game, they made things very difficult for us and we know their strengths while playing at home. It will be a difficult yet entertaining game.”

The previous encounter between the two teams in the league, in Kalyani, had ended in a pulsating 1-1 draw.

Match details

Real Kashmir vs East Bengal is scheduled for a 2 pm kick-off and will be broadcast LIVE on 1Sports and the 1Sports Facebook Page. Online streaming is also available on the Fancode app and website.