East Bengal thumped Chennai City 7-1 to still be in the race for title. Nigerian man Dudu Omagbemi scored a poker (32’, 49’, 56’, 61’) also getting full on support from Al Amna (20’) and Gabriel Fernandes (84’). Dharmaraj Ravanan netted in his court in 23rd minute to give East Bengal an impeccable lead. Mashoor Shereef Thangalakath scored an consolation goal for the visitors in Salt Lake Stadium on February 24, 2018.
Early attempts from home team were neglected as the visitor’s denied the early game making and goal scoring chances to home team. But it wasn’t very late when Lalram Chullova’s aerial ball was collected by Al Amna who made no mistake to open the windows for the Red and Golds in the 20th minute itself.
The duo were again in action three minutes later when Al Amna passed to Chullova in return whose shot was glued to Dharmaraj Ravanan whose found his own net for the ball and gave an goal to the home team.
V.Soundarajan made an early substitution and brought in an striker to add some force for his team. He brought in Jean Michael Joachim in place of the winger Antony Beautin. But it only added to their misery as Mehtab Singh’s cross in the box was taken by Nigerian man Dudu who scored for the home team in 32nd minute.
The Red & Golds went off the pitch at the half time with the scoreline at 3-0.
Al Amna helped Dudu score the brace through his assist at 49th minute of the game. Seven minutes later, Ansumana Kromah made an pass to Dudu Omagbemi who made no mistake to beat the custodian Kabir and score his hat-trick.
Mashoor Shereef Thangalakath brought some relief to the visiting team as scored in the 59th minute from the left side.
But two minutes later Dudu scored an another goal to add some more misery to the visitor’s side when an corner was taken and his shot took an deflection and found the visitor’s post. Ansumana Kromah assisted goan Gabriel Fernandes in 83rd minute to add some fuel to fire of Chennai City.
East Bengal have moved a place ahead as they now move to the second place in the points tally with 29 points from 16 games and are ahead from Minerva Punjab with the goal difference of +7 after this game. Whereas Chennai City is at the ninth position of the table with 16 points from 17 games and are more likely to be relegated.