ISL: NorthEast beat East Bengal 2-1; keeps play-off hopes alive

New Delhi, Feb 23 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 2/23/2021 12:50:06 PM IST

NorthEast United FC brightened its chances of making it to the play-offs when it downed a 10-man East Bengal 2-1 at the Indian Super League at the Fatorda Stadium on Tuesday. After a barren opening half, V.P. Suhair gave NorthEast the lead scoring his first goal of the ISL. East Bengal defender Sarthak Golui scored an own goal to double NorthEast’s lead and later scored one on the other end to pull one back for his side.

NorthEastfound the lead in the 48th minute when wing-half Imran Khan played a nice through pass to find Suhair inside the box. The forward produced a nice finish as he shielded his marker, took a half turn and sent an angular left-footer into the East Bengal net. With the deadlock broken NorthEast doubled the lead in the 55th minute when NimDorjee delivered a cross on the East Bengal goalmouth just to see Golui miscuing an attempted clearance into his own goal. East Bengal suffered another blow in the 71st minute when defender Raju Gaikwad was sent off for his second booking of the match. Golui redeemed his mistake in the 87th minute nodding home a Surchandra Singh free-kick but his effort came a bit too late.

The team tallied 30 points from 19 matches and just needs a point in its final outing against Kerala blasters to secure a play-off qualification for the second time in the ISL history. 


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