CFL : Defending champions East Bengal face early defeat as Imran Khan’s strike fetch 3 points for Mohammedan SC

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In the season opener of the Calcutta Football League, Armando Colaco’s men found it difficult have coordination, which finally was settled by Imran Khan’s 26th minute left footed strike at Yuvabharati Krirangan in Saltlake, Kolkata.
A Sunday afternoon saw many a fans gather to cheer their side. KEB initially had a grasp over the game , their attacks almost solely from the right wing tested MSC goalkeeper Arnab Dassharma a couple of times .MSC got their first chance at 21st minute but Basanta Singh’s header was off target.
Fujatopey’s side got their lead midway through the first half from a corner,as Imran had a swift run and a strong left footer from outside the box , the shot was deflected by EB central back Safar Sardar and gave Abhra Mandal absoloutely no chance to touch the ball.

Eastbengal never looked balanced for the rest of the half, as their midfield lacked agility, players looked unfit , also Md. Rafique not being a regular left wing had very less contributions and their attacks were very much dependent on right wing Dipak Tirkey and right back Abhishek Das.

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Defending Champions East Bengal had a shaky start in CFL, pic: kingfishereastbengal.com

East Bengal pressed hard for the equalizer in the second half and their best chance came at 65th minute, as Ranty’s header hit the post and came to Mehtab , but his shot was brilliantly saved by Arnab.
Meanwhile Safar Sardar elbowed one of his opponents near the sidelines, but somehow referee Ajit Dutta managed to keep the cards in his pocket.The losing side created more chances as the game progressed ,Substitute Kishan Bag was denied his goal by referee due to a tough but correct offside call . Arnab was spot on again saving head from Ranty and a close range shot from Jiten Murmu.
On 85th minute Ranty Martins sent a ball over Arnab but was denied by MSC defender Ogochuku.
The Bengali shotstopper of Mohammedan remained unbeaten until 95th minute as referee ended the game 1-0. A victory for MSC against KEB after six long years ensured sizzling start for the Black and Whites and a lot of headache for Armando Colaco and East Bengal officials.
KEB face Kolkata Police Wednesday in their next game, while Subhas Bhaumik’s Mohunbagan start their season against Subrata Bhattacharya’s Tollygunge Agragami on Monday.

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