Vasco, February 28: SC East Bengal played out a 1-1 draw with North East United at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in a Hero Indian Super League encounter on Monday. NEU took the lead late into the first half, with Marco Sahanek slotting it past the goal line. SCEB restored parity around the one-hour mark, when Antonio Perosevic converted a penalty after Fran Sota was challenged inside the box.
With the draw, NorthEast United finish the league with 14 points from 20 games. The draw, on the other hand pushed SCEB to 11 points from 19 matches.
SCEB ran into trouble even before the match started, with Dutchman Daniel Sidoel injuring himself in the warm-up. The winger had to be replaced by Joyner Laurenco at the 11th hour.
SCEB started the match well and looked the livelier of the two sides, with Naorem Mahesh Singh, Antonio Perosevic and Fran Sota troubling the NEU defenders on numerous occasions.
Naorem produced a fantastic volley from outside the box, but it rattled against bar and came back into the play. SCEB pushed hard, but lacked the prowess to finish; a virtue that NEU demonstrated late into the first half. VP Suhair’s shot beat Sankar Roy but hit the post and came back out. Marco Sahanek pounced on the rebound and slotted it into the goal.
SCEB then came out guns blazing in the second half, and were awarded a penalty in the 55th minute when Zakaria Diallo bundled over Fran Sota as the Spaniard went up for a header. Antonio Perosevic made no mistake in placing the ball past the NEU goalkeeper. SCEB tried hard for a winner in the closing minutes, but lacked the final ball.
SCEB play their last match of this season’s ISL against Bengaluru FC and Mario Rivera will be hoping to see more of this fighting spirit from the Red-&-Gold army.