East Bengal thrash Minerva 3-1, eyeing the second spot

Arka Acharya  |  Minerva Punjab  |  2 Years Ago

Ludhiana debutants Minerva Punjab FC’s horror season continued as they got completely outhassled by Kolkata Football Giant East Bengal in their away match at Barasat Stadium on Sunday. East Bengal completely saw off the challenge of ‘The Warriors’ on their turf.


For the home side, Wedson Anselme (31’), Robin Singh (52’), and Bikash Jairu (90+1) scored the braces. Krishna Pandit scored a late goal as a consolation for the Visiting Side.


East Bengal had been under radar of almost every football fan around India as all were looking forward to have a look at how the team will perform against Minerva Punjab as the side was going to play their first match under the newly appointed manager Mridul Banerjee’s assistant manager Ranjan Chowdhury.


Here are five talking points from the game:


#1 This was the game to regain some pride for Kolkata Giant. The Red & Golds return to their winning ways in the I-league by debarring Minerva Punjab FC with a 3-1 win after a tempestuous few weeks. Though this won’t make a big change in the Points Table of the League as Aizawl needs just a point to clinch it.


#2 Cavin Lobo made a return from injury and performed quite impressively throughout the match as Thongkhosiem ‘Semboi ’ Haokip was thrown in to lead the line by assistant Coach Ranjan Chowdhury who did do well on the field.


#3 The Half-time substitution of Robin Singh made a change in the course of the game. It was due to his cross that the ball hit Moinuddin Khan's arm and East Bengal had been awarded a penalty.



#4 The East Bengal team's unity is somewhat not that sound. Views of Civil War were evident on the ground. Robin Singh and Wedson Anselme had a dramatic sequence over who will hit the ball from the spot. Moreover, Wedson had tackled Cavin Lobo in the midfield out of frustration for not being fed with balls. Later on, Lobo sorted out things by compensating things with couple of passes. East Bengal interim manager must have a look at it and a couple of man managerial skills are inevitable to be applied.


#5 The Minerva defence with 3 men in the middle performed well by their good offside traps but East Bengal were quite unstoppable. This is a better sign for Minerva in terms of foundation of defensive stability. 


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