ReportEast Bengal looked fairly competitive in the opening stages, but it was Chennaiyin FC who drew first blood in the 13th minute as Jakub Sylvestr played Lallianzuala Chhangte in behind the defence around the halfway line. The pacy winger only had Debjit Majumdar to beat, and he successfully did so by slotting below the keeper just as he dived to prevent him from scoring. https://twitter.com/QEBNA/status/1342852595677876225 In less than five minutes, however, Jakub Sylvestr played Rahim Ali through on the right. The youngster stepped across Bikash Jairu before slotting home calmly. https://twitter.com/orangelays/status/1342853988195180545 Soon thereafter, Sylvestr brilliantly controlled the ball at the edge of the box and let fly from the edge of the box, but Debjit Majumdar was equal to his effort as he tipped it wide. Enes Sipović headed the resultant corner, but his effort only hit the crossbar. There was yet more drama in the 68th minute, as Vishal Kaith failed to catch Danny Fox’s looping header after a corner, and Matti Steinmann picked up the scraps to equalise once again. https://twitter.com/ArpanRicko/status/1342855125509926912 Two minutes later, the ball broke for Jacques Maghoma on the left of the box. The winger created a bit of space for himself and let fly, but only managed to hit the side-netting. In the 77th minute, a slick counterattack by Chennaiyin FC led to Lallianzuala Chhangte pulling the ball back for Jakub Sylvestr, whose shot was well-saved by Vishal Kaith. Two minutes later, Milan Singh presented a brilliant chance to Sylvestr with a terribly-weighted pass, but the striker failed to hit the target. The Slovakian forward continued to miss great chances in the 89th minute when he somehow glanced Rahim Ali’s cross wide of the far post. Up at the other end, Scott Neville had a free header from four yards out following a corner, but he put it high. Neither side could find a late winner, so the match ended in a thoroughly entertaining 2-2 draw.
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Another Hard-Fought PointThis has been said many times in the last few weeks, but surely, this was a must-win for SC East Bengal. The Red and Gold Brigade looked to be the better side in the opening stages of the first half, but they characteristically conceded after a strong start to undo all of their good work. Things could certainly have been worse soon thereafter, but East Bengal missed a couple of glorious chances to equalise before the break. However, Chennaiyin didn’t take theirs either, so the second half was certainly an open affair. With goals being the top priority for Robbie Fowler’s men, the British manager made a few half-time changes in his system. It must have been a great relief to see Matti Steinmann of all people chip in with a brace, but the defence didn’t hold up well again meaning that East Bengal never had a lead.
Crucially, though, they didn’t trail again either, meaning that East Bengal picked up their third point of the season tonight.
True FIGHTING character exhibited by SC East Bengal.— EAST BENGAL the REAL POWER (EBRP)❤💛 (@EBRPFC) December 26, 2020
Truly a spirited comeback.
And what a match….Absolute end to end stuff.
SCEB – 2
CFC – 2#JoyEastBengal #SCEBCFC #ChhilamAchiThakbo #EBRP #ISL pic.twitter.com/Sm87Eg9TdY
Player RatingsDebjit Majumder (6), Surchandra Singh (4.5), Scott Neville (6.5), Danny Fox (6), Bikash Jairu (4), Sehnaj Singh (5), Mohammed Rafique (5.5), Haobam Singh (5), Matti Steinmann (9*), Jacques Maghoma (6.5), Anthony Pilkington (6.5) Subs: Jeje Lalpekhlua (5.5), Rohen Singh (5), Milan Singh (4.5), Rana Gharami (N/A)
Matti SteinmannWith just 11 goals in his 168-match long professional career before this match, Matti Steinmann clearly is no prolific goal-getter. Tonight, however, he was that and much more as he proved to be SC East Bengal’s saviour. The German midfielder dictated proceedings from central midfield in the first half with some outstanding work, before activating striker-instincts for a second-half brace.
The ex-Hamburg midfielder managed 85 touches, a passing accuracy of 84%, 7/9 duels won, 4 clearances, 3 tackles and interceptions, one key pass and a crucial brace. What a time to open your ISL account.
Steinman is world class and its fact!!— Ankush (@AnkushPandit7) December 26, 2020