SC East Bengal (SCEB) didn’t make use of a numerical benefit to accept a 1-1 draw in opposition to FC Goa of their reverse leg Indian Tremendous League conflict on the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, right here on Friday.
Spanish centre ahead Igor Angulo (thirty ninth minute) rounded off Debjit Majumder after being left unmarked to provide the Gaurs a first-half lead.
However they failed to carry on to the lead and SCEB discovered the equaliser within the sixty fifth minute when skipper Daniel Fox pulled his workforce again from an in depth vary strike.
The chance got here from a free-kick that Vivid Enobakhare gained on the left flank earlier than Anthony Pilkington delivered an excellent cross into the field. FC Goa goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh didn’t catch it and the free ball was blasted into the again of the web by Fox.
A minute later, the Gaurs skipper Edu Bedia was despatched off following a second reserving following an unsightly deal with on Pilkington from behind.
The red-and-gold pushed onerous for a lead however some poor ending coupled with Dheeraj’s sharp goalkeeping ensured a 1-1 stalemate by the 2 groups for the second time this season.
FC Goa now have stretched their unbeaten streak to seven video games, and remained at third place with 21 factors from 14 matches.
SCEB are winless from 4 matches to stay on tenth spot with 13 factors from 14 matches and the consequence dealt a giant blow to their play-off aspirations.
It was drama early on as SCEB had the prospect to take the lead after successful a penalty within the nineteenth second.
The Gaurs goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh dived the fallacious method however Anthony Pilkington bottled the prospect, taking pictures the ball far off the publish.
It summed up the story for Robbie Fowler’s workforce as his wards lacked the leading edge up entrance and missed a slew of probabilities in opposition to the 10-man Gaurs.
Nigerian ahead Vivid Enobakhare, who had struck a stunner of their 1-1 draw within the first-leg, appeared threatening up entrance for SCEB however they lacked the sting with the likes of Pilkington and Jeje Lalpekhlua squandering quite a few probabilities.
FC Goa missed the presence of coach Juan Ferrando on the touchline after the Spaniard was suspended in opposition to Kerala Blasters. In his absence, assistant coach Clifford Miranda marshalled the facet.
FC Goa additionally sorely missed their first-choice central defenders, Ivan Gonzalez (suspension) and James Donachie (damage).