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Gamechanger: Nandha Kumar Scores for EBFC against MBSG in the 132nd edition of Durand Cup. 

Gamechanger: Nandha Kumar Scores for EBFC in opposition to MBSG within the 132nd version of Durand Cup. 
| Photograph Credit score: DEBASISH BHADURI

Nandhakumar Sekar produced a spectacular end to assist Emami East Bengal finish its dropping streak in opposition to its conventional rival Mohun Bagan Tremendous Big. The Chennai-born winger’s contribution noticed East Bengal downing the Indian Tremendous League champion Mohun Bagan by a solitary aim within the group-A league match of the Durand Cup, on the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday and stored its probabilities alive within the event.

Taking part in its second match of the season East Bengal tallied 4 factors from two outings and now wants a win in opposition to I-League winner Punjab FC within the last group league fixture to overhaul the present chief Mohun Bagan (six factors from three matches) and transfer to the quarterfinals.

Hoping to finish a dropping streak of a document eight matches in opposition to Mohun Bagan (Since January 2020), East Bengal got here alive with a nice efficiency beneath its new Spanish coach Carles Cuadrat. East Bengal set the tone of the motion with a greater assault plan in comparison with Mohun Bagan which gave the impression to be within the experiment mode.

Regardless of fielding a newly strung mixture, East Bengal confirmed a greater plan execution and stored the star-studded Mohun Bagan on a decent leash. East Bengal had a few probabilities within the opening half and did nicely to maintain the momentum after the break. Nandhakumar confirmed his calibre as a top quality ahead as he collected a move from Saul Crespo, bought the higher of his challenger in Mohun Bagan midfielder Anirudh Thapa and beat the opposition goalkeeper Vishal Kaith with a curling left-footer that discovered the facet of the web.

The outcomes:

Group A: Mohun Bagan SG 0 misplaced to Emami East Bengal 1 (Nandhakumar 60); Group D: North East United FC 2 (Manvir Singh 24, Sandesh Jhingan 52-og) drew with FC Goa 2 (Rowllin Borges 45+4, NoahSadaoui 80-pen).

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