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Plaza brace helps EB down Churchill 3-2

Kolkata: East Bengal beat Churchill Brothers 3-2 in their fourth match of I-League on Saturday, December 16, thanks to a brace from Willis Plaza. The Trinidad and Tobago striker scored the winning goal just seconds before the full-time whistle to confirm full three points for his team.
Both sides lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with the hosts opting to go ahead with the same squad which defeated Shillong Lajong 5-1 last week. On the other hand, the visiting side made one change from the side that bowed down to Aizawl FC three days back as Kalu Ogba replaced Joshuah Vaz in the attack, thereby making his comeback for The Red Machines.
The match got off to an entertaining start as the crowd witnessed two goals within a minute. First, Peter Oghenebrorhien Omoduemuke opened the account for the Goan outfit as Israil Gurung assisted the Nigerian. It was Peter who entered the East Bengal box with Gurung from the left-side, flicking the ball for him. Peter made no mistake in slotting the ball into the goal, from the centre of the box.
The visitors' lead didn't last too long as Laldanmawia Ralte levelled things for Khalid Jamil's side. As Katsumi passed the ball to Plaza, the latter sent the ball through to Laldanmawia, from outside the box. Ralte made the run into the box, going past the Churchill Brothers defence, to safely find the back of the net.
East Bengal could have scored at least four more goals but Churchill Brother custodian James Kithan single-handedly denied the home team. He was deservingly given the man of the match award. Just seconds before the full time whistle Plaza headed in the third goal.
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