Bengaluru FC, the current I-league champion hammered at their home ground Sree Kanteerava Stadium, by East Bengal. The Red & Gold Brigade shown Bengaluru FC, East is still king of football in India. The hub of football has shifted from East to West in recent times, and if we consider ISL as well, Southern Coast is not lagging behind. It’s time to take the Kolkata duo guard and show their prowess in Indian top flight. East Bengal’s Robin Singh scored a brace to help his team to register a comfortable victory over the champions in their den.
City rival Mohun Bagan has already tasted the I-league success, now it’s time for East Bengal to put themselves on level with their City rivals. The Red & Gold Brigade currently leads the I-league table with their 24 points from 11 matches, although Bagan is not far behind with their 21 points. But, it really came as a setback for the champions Bengaluru who have accumulated only 13 points from their 10 matches. They really needed to grab points at home to keep their title challenge alive, but they gave up against the league leaders East Bengal.
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Albert Roca man had no answers to Bengal attack, and their disarrayed back three left fuming all evening over each other errors. Robin Singh who is on loan from Bengaluru to East Bengal punished his own owner, and become the victim of home fans booing. Visitors East Bengal went ahead in the 23rd minute with Ivan Bukenya effort. The Haitian, who found space behind the full back on the right, powered on, cut inside a static Juanan to curl a left-footed effort into the bottom corner.
Roca quickly reverted to the four-man defence after going 1-0 down. Eastern side could have doubled their lead in the 39th minute had it not been for Arindam Bhattacharya’s save off Christopher Payne and Juanan’s desperate block against Robin.
CK Vineeth took the charge on other end, cutting in and side netted from his one of the effort. Sunil Chhetri also tried his best to create chances but with Vineeth often wasteful in advanced positions and Udanta failing to grab the opportunity coming his way. It forced Bengaluru FC to make their first change at half time with Daniel Lalhlimpuia coming on for centre back Salaam Ranjan Singh. However, it didn’t make any difference, as Robin Singh doubled Bengal lead within nine minutes of restart.
Robin roses above a back pedalling defender to power home Robert Lalthlamuana’s lofted cross. Robin then drove a stake through BFC fans’ heart five minutes later when he turned in Payne’s cut back to make it 3-0. Kanteerava left fuming when Sunil Chhetri side netted late on with his header, and was lucky to remain on the field following a tussle with Hossain.
In the end, Blues were left with a task to try too much in less time. They did throw their kitchen sink in the end, but it was a day belonged to East, and west forced to kneel down. AIFF decision to continue with I-league has put the faith back in historical teams, and they are ready to fight it out against the newly formed clubs. East Bengal shown Bengaluru FC, East is still the king of football in India, and they are on their way to win their first I-league title.