ReportEast Bengal started off brightly and even took the lead in the 12th minute when Raju Gaikwad’s long throw evaded everyone in the box and reached Anthony Pilkington, who headed home from close proximity.
Just two minutes into the second half, Jerry Mawihmingthanga got up the left flank and rolled the ball across to Diego Maurício, whose deflected effort just went wide of the bottom corner. Odisha FC next big chance came in the 57th minute when Jerry delivered a low cross from the left and it was met by Manuel Onwu, whose poked effort spun back out off the post. The Kalinga Warriors continued to threaten just after the hour-mark when Jacob Tratt headed a free-kick into the ground and towards goal, but it too struck the crossbar and came back out. Odisha came close to scoring yet again in the 77th minute when Diego Maurício cut inside from the left and looked to pick out the near corner, but his shot was blocked away for a corner. Nine minutes later, Maurício got forward on the right chipped the ball across the face of goal for Daniel Lalhlimpuia, who was stretching and couldn’t control his effort. It was East Bengal who got the next goal, however, as Bright Enobakhare made it 3-0 in. First, Wahengbam Angousana headed the ball down in the box for the new signing who smashed the ball towards goal, but it was saved by Arshdeep Singh. The ball only fell to Surchandra Singh, though, who pulled it back to Enobakhare in the middle of the box. This time, the ex-Wolves man elected to place it into the bottom corner, and he succeeded.
That's a screamer.— Soumik (@soumik0108) January 3, 2021
Three minutes later, Angousana let fly from the edge of the box, but he just missed wide. In stoppage-time, Odisha FC finally got a goal as Diego Maurício bundled it home after the ball was fizzed into him from the right, but it didn’t really matter as his side lost 3-1.
Fun fact: other team from KOLKATA has never scored 3 goals in a match 😉— Ankush Pandit (@AnkushPandit7) January 3, 2021
SC EAST BENGAL
Key Talking Point
A Much-Needed WinIt’s been a long time coming, but finally, SC East Bengal have won an ISL match. After some disappointing performances in the first few matches and that late heartbreak against Kerala Blasters, everyone felt that it was only a matter of time before East Bengal managed to hold on to a lead for the full 90 minutes. They finally did that tonight, and although their performance wasn’t entirely outstanding, it doesn’t matter as long as the points are in the bag. The Red and Gold Brigade started the match well and deservedly took the lead through Anthony Pilkington in the 11th minute. Debjit Majumdar did have a bit off work to do to preserve that advantage and Odisha didn’t help themselves either, but East Bengal certainly did well to go and get a second thereafter. Their set-piece defending was no good, however, and in the second period, they were riding their luck a lot, but for once, they had some of it. Late on, new signing Bright Enobakhare got a goal too to cap off a great display.
Player RatingsDebjit Majumder (7.5), Raju Gaikwad (7), Scott Neville (6), Danny Fox (6.5), Bikash Jairu (6), Milan Singh (4.5), Mohammed Rafique (5.5), Haobam Singh (5), Matti Steinmann (6.5), Jacques Maghoma (8*), Anthony Pilkington (8) Subs: Surchandra Singh (6), Harmanpreet Singh (5), Bright Enobakhare (7.5), Wahengbam Angousana (6)
Jacques MaghomaJacques Maghoma’s tally of two was matched by Matti Steinmann last time out, so he went and scored again to reclaim his spot as East Bengal’s outright top-scorer this season. The Congolese international did so with a great strike as he covered a lot of ground on the left after beating a couple of defenders and fired his shot onto the top corner with great power and precision. He was very lively throughout the match, as he proved to be a great outlet for his side on the left flank.
The 33-year-old he completed 6/6 dribbles, got 36 touches, maintained a passing accuracy of 89%, made a couple of key passes and won 4 free-kicks. A superb showing to seal a crucial win for his side.
Maghoma growing confident with games pic.twitter.com/UgysyyVVTV— Mallu⚽Fanatic (@mallufutballfan) January 3, 2021