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Injury time spot kick guides East Bengal into Super Cup semis
Sportslogon Team April 8th 2018

Bhubaneswar : Fortune favour the braves, the East Bengal who created several scoring opportunity in the game, but the injury time spot kick conversion by Laldanmawia Ralte guided the team into the semifinals of the Hero Super Cup, defeating Aizwal FC 1-0 at Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday.

It was not the day for East Bengal star striker Omegbemi Dudu who had got several chances but failed to convert it in favour of the team. He was substituted by Ghanfeo Ansumana Kromah in the 85th minute.

The first substitution for East Bengal rewarded them a penalty kick in the 90+4 minutes, while Amna forwarded a through ball for Kromah inside the box and Aizwal goalkeeper Lalawmpuia came out of his line and brings down the Liberian Kromah. This was resulted in a spot kick for East Bengal. Laldanmawia took the spot kick in the 90+6 minutes and scripted 1-0 victory for the team and adjudged as the hero player of the match.

East Bengal cleared their intention by attacking from the beginning of the first-half itself. In the early eighth minute East Bengal mid-fielder Katsumi Yusa found Mahmoud Al Amna at the edge of the box who crossed pass two defenders and forwarded a through ball for Omegbemi Dudu but the linesman signals offiside as the East Bengal strikers blasted the ball above crossbar.

Dudu missed another chance in the 28th minute, while Bengal defender Samad Mallick entered the box from the right and squared the ball in front of the goal post and Dudu out stretched to tap the ball into an empty net but failed to make a silky touch with the effort first half ended in 0-0.

After the change of sides, once again Dudu failed to win a one to one encounter with Aizwal goalkeeper Lalawmpuia in the 46th minute.

Bengal mid-fielder Amna was sent a brilliant through pass for Dudu who failed to go past Lalawmpuia. Later he attempted a curling shot goes wide. It was not the day for Dudu who had got several chances but failed to convert it in favour of the team.

I was not disappointed with the results. We played a good football and manage to hold the top team like East Bengal till the end. Unfortunately our young goalkeeper Lalawmpuia was playing his second match in this season, he need some more time to handel the pressure, the final minute referee decision was absolutely right, said Aizwal Coach Santosh Kashyap.

The team was played good attacking football, during the matches we created many chances but finally we beat Aizwal in the final minute that is called football. I am that the team entered the second level, said East Bengal coach Khalid Jamil. .
This news was added and updated on : April 8th 2018
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