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The Kolkata based I league giant Kingfisher East Bengal FC has thrashed the, I league champions Bengaluru FC 3-1 at the Sree Kanterava Football Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday.
#HeroILeague | @robin_singh_23’s brace helps @eastbengalfc thrash @bengalurufc 3-1https://t.co/4lt06mEyP7 pic.twitter.com/Z2Q5IzKMri
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Destroying Bengaluru FC’s poor defending, the Uganda international Ivan Bukenya has (23′) scored the first goal of the match in the first half followed by the India international and former Bengaluru FC’s forward Robin Singh’s brace (54′, 60′) in the second half.
Where, the 28-year-old Indian international Albeit CK Vineeth (85′) scored for the hosts, it couldn’t deter the inevitable.
The host side has started the game with two changes in the playing eleven as Bengaluru FC benched out-of-form Eugenson Lyngdoh and introduced keeper Arindam Bhattacharya instead of injured Amrinder Singh.
While the visitors side East Bengal FC brought in Christopher Payne for injured Willis Plaza.
Match started at a fast pace, both teams trying to make a foray. The visitors came out better by pressurizing the host’s defense and managed no less than three corners in the first 22 minutes of the game and in 23rd min of the first half Ivan Bukenya has scored the first goal of the match to give East Bengal a well deserving lead and score remain 0-1 till the half time.
But after the half time, the visitors side Kingfisher East Bengal almost sealed the match, as in the 54th minute the former Bengaluru FC player Robin Singh headed the ball to the back of the net from an immaculate cross by skipper Robert Lalthlammuana.
And five minutes later, it was Robin Singh again who sealed the victory for the visitors by scoring his second and third for his team, before Bengaluru FC’s forward Vineeth pulled one back for the hosts in the 85th minute.
Now the high flying Kingfisher East Bengal rise to the top once again with 24 points from eleven matches, while the defending champions Bengaluru FC stay stranded at the fifth position with 13 points having played one match shy.