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ISL 2020-21 East Bengal FC vs GOA FC: 10-man East Bengal share spoils with Goa
FC Goa played out a draw against a depleted East Bengal side.
SC East Bengal held FC Goa for a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco. Goals from Bright Enobakhare and Devendra Murgaokar ensured that both sides took a point each from the tie.
The first half of the clash turned out to be mostly the one dominated by the Gaurs, as they had most attacking chances to their account. The Red and Golds had a sloppy defence and were let off the hook by some poor finishing upfront by the Gaurs.
In the 46th minute, Jorge Mendoza had a wonderful chance to put his side into lead but the number 9 failed to do so.
Things started to heat up as East Bengal players started playing rough and made many tackles.
The rough gameplay brought a jolt for the Kolkata-based outfit as in the 56th minute skipper Daniel Fox was given marching orders by the referee for a nasty tackle on Romario, as Robbie Fowler’s side were reduced down to ten men.
In the 61st minute Matti Steinmann won a ball in the midfield courtesy a poor pass from Rebello onto which the German latched onto, which carried forward to the edge of the box but only to hit wide of the target.
In the 80th minute, SC East Bengal’s Bright Enobakhare came up with a stunner of a strike as the Nigerian skipped past three defenders and goalkeeper which his skillful touches to slot the ball home and put his side into the lead.
But the joy for the 10-man Red and Golds hardly lasted a minute as the Gaurs responded almost immediately as Devendra headed the ball home off a cross to restore the parity for the visitors.
SC East Bengal head coach Robbie Fowler was happy with the game, “I am delighted (with a point). We played against a good team …I felt that we deserved the points. We had the best chances. Our players were absolutely brilliant, especially after going down to 10 men. I am delighted with a point but we always want a bit more.”
The Englishman felt his side soaked the pressure well, “At times, they put us under a lot of pressure and our lads dealt with it. When you are playing a team like that and you only allow chances from set-pieces and long-range then it is a very credible performance,” he said.
On Bright's stunner, the coach said, “He enjoys his football and is a very skillful player. He’s in control of most things that he does. I enjoy watching him play and he brings a lot to the team,” the Englishman said about the Nigerian striker.
FC Goa head coach Juan Ferrando was disappointed with the team’s performance “I’m not so happy. After 1-1, we decided to put two number 9’s because we want to win all the time. In my opinion, we lost two points but it is important to forget this game and think about the next one.
“After the red card, we decided to create more spaces with two number 10’s but this was not successful because in transition, we lost the ball and it was a clear opportunity for them. Of course, the reaction (to the SC East Bengal goal) was good but I’m not so happy about our transition in defence,” the Spaniard added.