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Chidi, Ralte leads East Bengal victory

Edeh Chidi and Lalrindika Ralte struck a goal each on both sides of the interval to help East Bengal beat Mumbai FC 2-0 in a round 16 I-League fixture here on Sunday.

It was a revenge win for last year’s runners-up who were beaten 1-2 in Mumbai in the first-leg.

The Khalid Jamil-coached side could not make its presence felt, thanks largely to ace forward Yusif Yakubu’s lacklustre display.

East Bengal (30 points from 15 matches) leapt past Pune FC to occupy the second place behind leaders Churchill Brothers, while Mumbai remained on 20 from 14 matches. Egged on by a 15,000-odd home support in the Municipality Stadium here, East Bengal had a perfect start when Chidi gave them an 11th-minute lead.

Churchill Brothers Sports Club continued their fine run in the I-League, scoring a goal in each half to get the better of United Sikkim 2-1 at the Duler Stadium on Sunday. The win helped Churchill Brothers take their points tally to 34 from 14 matches.
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