East Bengal Edge Past Bengaluru

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Matti Steinmann’s clever finish helped SC East Bengal hand Bengaluru FC their fourth consecutive defeat in the Hero ISL 2020/21 season.

Bengaluru had a few early chances – the best of which saw Cleiton Silva head the ball into the ground and watched it bounce over from inside the six-yard box.

Steinmann put SCEB in the lead in the 20th minute with a fine outside-foot finish. Ankit Mukherjee’s cross was not dealt with cleanly by Ajith and Juanan and it found Narayan Das on the left. Narayan then played a low cross to Steinmann in the middle, and he scored his third of the season.

SCEB were in total control of the game at this point and made Bengaluru chase shadows. The Kolkata side created a couple of chances before the half-hour mark and nearly extended their lead. Ankit sent in a perfect cross into the box, but Narayan’s diving finish diverted it wide. Minutes later, another chance went begging for SCEB, as Harmanpreet Singh couldn’t get to the end of Ankit’s through pass.

Bengaluru put up a much-improved performance in the second half.

Clearly the better side in the second half, Bengaluru continued with their dominance but a goal eluded them. At the hour mark, it was Chhetri once again with a ferocious strike from outside the box, but Debjit refused to let it past. They piled on the pressure in the final minutes, but SCEB’s defense stood tall to deny BFC an equaliser.

SCEB is now unbeaten in their last five games while BFC’s misery continued with their fourth consecutive defeat this season.