Kolkata: Subhash Bhowmik’s boys lost their home match to Peerless SC on Thursday. The Red & Gold brigade succumbed to a shocking defeat against Peerless SC in their ninth match of the 2018 Calcutta Football League (CFL) Premier Division ‘A’ on Thursday.
The two big teams of the league Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have same points before they faced food corporation and peerless. So last three matches of the two teams are very much crucial. If anybody losses one match then they could not win the cup.
On Wednesday, Mohun Bagan easily defeated Food Corporation by 5-0. But today, East Bengal thrashed by Peerless Sc by 2-1. Now they lagged behind of the league.
Ansumana Kromah (6′) and Naro Hari Shrestha (78′) scored for Biswajit Bhattacharya’s side, while Kassim Aidara (72′) scored the only goal for the home team.
East Bengal could not return to the game in the first half due to the loss of multiple opportunities. Amna, playing defensive football, was able to defeat the opponents. Mahmoud Al Amna came close to an equaliser in the 26th minute after receiving the ball from Samad inside the box. Amna chipped the ball over Sandip but it went out.
But the red-yellow came back strongly from the start of the second half. Kassim Aidara equalised for East Bengal in the 72nd minute from Gagandeep Bali’s cross. The move started with Surabuddin Mallick who passed to Johnny Acosta inside the box. The Costa Rican defender shielded his marker and placed the ball on a plate for Bali whose curling cross found Aidara in front of the goal. The midfielder tapped the ball into the net.
A shock defeat keeps East Bengal second in the table, three points behind league leaders Mohun Bagan with two games to go in the league.