Kerala hold East Bengal 1-1 in late equaliser

BAMBOLIM/ VASCO, DEC 20 (IANS) | Publish Date: 12/20/2020 12:03:15 PM IST

SC East Bengal’s agonising wait for their first ever Indian Super League victory continued after conceding a stoppage time goal to be held 1-1 by Kerala Blasters FC at the GMC Stadium here on Sunday.

In a battle between two winless teams, Bakary Kone’’s own goal gave SCEB a 16th minute lead.
The Kolkata giants nearly secured their maiden ISL win from six matches but there was drama and heart break in store for the Robbie Fowler-coached side when it conceded the equaliser with less a minute left before the final whistle.
The 19-year-old Jeakson Singh headed the ball out of Debjit Majumder’’s reach from a fantastic cross by Abdul Samad as the goal was an effort by two promising Indian substitutes who came in at the break to manage a rescue act for the Kibu Vicuna-coached side. The result meant both teams remained winless after six matches but SC East Bengal (two points) managed to came out of bottom, overtaking Odisha FC on goal difference in the 11-team standings.
KBFC remained at ninth place with three points.
East Bengal looked the better team in the first half with Anthony Pilkington playing as sole forward making some fine raids, while Jacques Maghoma and Mohammed Rafique too made some impressive moves.
Promising youngster Sahal Abdul Samad’’s substitution at the break gave Kerala the much-needed spark in the attack but the red-and-gold maintained their slender lead till the disastrous last minute.
The 23-year-old came close to scoring first in the 66th minute when he took the possession from a Nishu Kumar from the close range but his powerful shot ballooned over the bar.
Five minutes later, Kerala Blasters almost scored the equaliser when Sahal headed the ball to Jordan Murray inside the box and the Aussie unleashed his powerful strike.
Mumbai end Hyderabad’s unbeaten run
A wonder-goal from Vignesh Dakshinamurthy was the highlight of the evening as Mumbai City FC beat Hyderabad FC 2-0 in the Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan on Sunday. 
In a match that saw both sides struggle to create clear-cut chances, Vignesh’s acrobatic 38th-minute strike stood out as a genuine moment of quality. Adam Le Fondre put Sergio Lobera’s men further ahead in the 59th minute as Hyderabad tasted their first defeat of the season.
The caginess that marked much of the game was evident from the fact that Vignesh’s goal was the only shot on target in the first half. With Hugo Boumous missing yet again, Mumbai’s creative struggles that plagued them in their last match against Jamshedpur, continued here as well. They had the better of Hyderabad in every parameter in the first half - they dominated possession, peppered the opposition box with crosses and completed a many more passes. But for the longest time, it looked like a goal would not come.
Whatever questions Mumbai posed, the Hyderabad defence had the answer. Vignesh’s cross in the very first minute of the game was duly dealt with. At the other end of the pitch, Aridane Santana created an opening for Mohammed Yasir, but his cut-back was intercepted by the Mumbai defence.
Monday’s Match
ATK Mohun Bagan Vs Bengaluru FC
Time: 7:30

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