Sporting Clube de Goa 2 ( Victorino – 18th, Beevan – 85th)
East Bengal 1 (Sueoka – 58th)
By Debayan Mukherjee,
AIFF Media Team,
MANJERI: Sporting Clube de Goa rode goals from Victorino Fernanades and Beevan D’Mello to get the better of defending champions East Bengal in their Group B encounter of the Federation Cup at the MDSC Stadium in Manjeri on Saturday (January 18, 2014).
Victorino and Beeven scored either side of halftime to hand the Flaming Oranje their first win of the competition. Ryuji Sueoka equalized from the spot for East Bengal but Beevan’s goal five minutes to full time sealed the deal for Sporting.
The eight time Federation Cup champions were profligate in front throughout the match with their Souith Sudan striker James Moga hitting the bar twice and his partner up front Nigerian Chidi Edeh, and Japanese playmaker Ryuji Sueoka all missing chances.
Courtesy this result, Sporting now have three points from two matches while East Bengal have only one from the same number of outings.
Sporting will now require Bengaluru FC -- top of the group with 4 points -- to not win against East Bengal even if they beat Rangdajied United on Tuesday (January 21, 2014). A draw, leave alone defeat, will also see Sporting Clube bow out of the competition even if Bengaluru lose to East Bengal owing to head-to-head tally.
Bck to the ninety minutes on the pitch on Saturday evening, Sporting made the most of some porous defending from East Bengal in the 18th minute. India International Victorino Fernandes nodded in Rowlin Borges’s centre from close after left-back Saumik Dey was caught out of position and East Bengal custodian Gurpreet Singh erred with the flight of the ball.
East Bengal were wasteful in front of goal fluffing as many as three chances in the first period. Moga hit the woodwork, Sueoka dinked over from close and Edeh Chidi shot wide across the face of goal.
East Bengal showed more purpose in the second half and were rewarded as early as in the 58th minute when red and golds captain Harmanjyot Khabra was brought down just inside the box by goalkeeper Ravi Kumar.
Sueoka made no mistake from the spot sending home a low shot past Ravi Kumar who guessed right.
It was end to end stuff after that goal as both the teams went for the jugular.
Beevan shot wide from inside the box after being set up by Victorino, while Sueoka set Moga up whose weak was denied twice by keeper Ravi Kumar.
Moga was unlucky in the 82nd minute when his shot came off the inside post after Sueoka had set him in the clear.
East Bengal were made to pay for their squandered opportunities as Beevan gave Sporting the lead, turning in substitute Stephene Barreto’s right-wing floater.
Posted on : Saturday January 18, 2014