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Prayag remain East Bengal’s nemesis

Prayag remain East Bengal’s nemesis
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Prayag United SC continued to remain Kingfisher East Bengal’s nemesis. The formers showed this once again this season as they came back from being down by two goals to hold the latter 2-2 in a crucial 22nd round match of the I-League in the Kalyani Stadium on Friday.

Desperately needing a win to join Churchill Brothers on top of the standings, East Bengal surrendered a cozy 2-0 lead and allowed Prayag United to neutralise the advantage with some costly defensive lapses in the second half.

All the hard work that East Bengal put together in gaining the 2-0 lead following goals from Edeh Chidi and Manandeep Singh (penalty) were nixed in four minutes within which Prayag United’s two most prized possessions – Carlos Hernandes and Ranty Martins – found the target in succession.

East Bengal were more frugal in their approach as they made the most of the first good chance coming their way. Chidi realised East Bengals’ efforts in the 41st minute when he latched on to a midfield floater and found the net rather fortuitously.

East Bengal maintained their hold on the action after the break and doubled the lead in the 49th minute. They as Sangram hacked down an onrushing East Bengal medio Ishfaq Ahmed making a clumsy effort at clearing the ball. Manandeep Singh placed it nicely to take East Bengal to the comfort zone.

East Bengal’s goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu spoiled the party.
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