ReportDebjit Majumdar was called into action within five minutes as he had to make a diving save off James Donachie’s header following a Brandon Fernandes free-kick. East Bengal’s first chance of the match came in the 28th minute when Aaron Amadi-Holloway met Narayan Das’s free-kick near the six-yard box, but his header went wide. A minute later, Raju Gaikwad launched a long throw to the back post, where Danny Fox was unmarked, but he somehow missed the target. FC Goa came close to opening the scoring 11 minutes later as Saviour Gama was allowed to shoot from range, but his bottom corner-bound effort was well-saved by Debjit Majumdar.
FC Goa needed just over a minute to respond, though, as substitute Devendra Murgaonkar headed Saviour Gama’s cross past Debjit Majumdar at the far post.
Bright Enobakhare. Wow.— Nicolai Nayak (@NicolaiNayak) January 6, 2021
That’s got to be the goal of the season so far. #SCEBFCG
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Key Talking PointAfter finally managing to win their first ISL match in nine attempts, East Bengal knew that avoiding defeat tonight was a tough ask. With Anthony Pilkington out due to a minor injury and Jacques Maghoma only making the bench for similar reasons, Robbie Fowler made five changes to his starting lineup. There was a tactical change too, as his side fielded a back-five. Out of possession, they held a 5-3-2/5-2-3 depending on Bright Enobakhare’s decision to press. They were happy to cede possession in order to threaten their opponents on the counterattack. However, most of their big chances came from set-pieces. A corner and a Raju Gaikwad long throw gave Aaron Amadi-Holloway and Danny Fox two huge chances respectively, but they both missed the target altogether. These chances would come back to haunt them in the second half, as a red card for Danny Fox meant that they were on the backfoot for over a third of the match. At the other end, Debjit Majumdar did have to make a few key saves, but there was nothing majorly threatening his goal. Things took a big turn late on, as Bright Enobakhare scored a wonder-goal before Goa quickly equalised. They did a great job of holding on to a draw thereafter, coming away with a deserved point.
Debjit Majumder (7.5), Ankit Mukherjee (6), Scott Neville (6), Raju Gaikwad (6.5), Danny Fox (3), Narayan Das (6.5), Milan Singh (5), Matti Steinmann (6.5), Bright Enobakhare (8*), Aaron Amadi-Holloway (5.5), Harmanpreet Singh (5)
Subs: Jacques Maghoma (5.5), Surchandra Singh (5), Mohammed Rafique (N/A)
Bright Enobakhare might have scored the match-saving goal for his side, but his side may well have been three down before that if it wasn’t for Debjit Majumdar.
The ex-ATK shot-stopper made a number of crucial saves, especially in the first half to keep the scores level. He had to keep out James Donachie’s header after a free-kick early on. Thereafter, he had to make a couple of routine stops and some more notable ones off Saviour Gama’s long-ranged efforts in a brilliant first-half display. He wasn’t worked half as hard in the second period, but he looked solid then too, except the goal he conceded.
The 32-year-old keeper made eight crucial saves, including three from shots inside the box, and made a couple of punches and high claims to help his side to a crucial point.
Debjit Majumder+ few more inches of height = One of India's best GKs. Facts.— Anurag (@fcbanurag) January 6, 2021