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East Bengal win derby, clinch third straight title

Riding on their Nigerian firepower, East Bengal made a hat-trick of Kolkata premier division league titles with a 3-2 win over arch-rivals Mohun Bagan here on Thursday.

Nigerian Edeh Chidi scored a double while his compatriot Penn Orji netted once for the winners who lifted the coveted title for the 34th time.

Okolie Odafa, another Nigerian, and Australian-Turkish Tolgey Ozbey found the mark for Mohun Bagan before a large crowd at the Salt Lake stadium.

East Bengal led 2-1 at half time.The red and yellow brigade went ahead in the 23rd minute when Chidi latched on to a Penn pass, and scored on his second attempt after the first shot was deflected by Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul.

East Bengal doubled the lead four minutes later through Penn but Mohun Bagan reduced the margin a little later. Crossing over, East Bengal got an insurance strike in the 71st minute, courtesy Chdi, before Tolgey made the scoreline 3-2 in injury time.
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