East Bengal: 4 (Clayton Silva-2, Sumit Passi-2)
Mumbai City: 3 (Gregory Stewart, Changte-2)
The match was unimportant. The final decider of the group is on Monday in the Indian Navy vs Rajasthan United match. However, East Bengal roared in Durand’s Group-B regulation match. Constantine’s red-yellow brigade beat Mumbai City FC 4-3 in a tight fight.
East Bengal’s Sumit Passi became a villain with a suicide goal in the derby. He shed some of that stigma at the Kishore Bharti Stadium on Saturday. Scored a pair of goals. Brazilian star Clayton Silva also scored a brace. Changte kept Mumbai in the match with two goals. Gregory Stewart scored the other goal.
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East Bengal had virtually nothing to lose in the match. It was only after defeating Mohun Bagan Navy that East Bengal’s relegation was decided. On the other hand, Mumbai has already reached the quarter-finals from Group-D as the first team. In such a situation, East Bengal fought to prove themselves on Saturday.
Derby villains Sumit Passi and Clayton Silva gave East Bengal a 2-0 lead five minutes into the first half. In the 17th minute, Sumit Passi found the goalkeeper alone in front of the box. From there, Passi made no mistake to head the ball into the net. Clayton Silva, the owner of the second goal in 22 minutes before getting over the anger of that goal. The Brazilian striker beat the Mumbai goalkeeper with a right-footed curling shot.
Mumbai hit back just five minutes after the second goal. Gregory Stewart brought Mumbai back into the match after receiving Bipin’s cross in the chest and scoring a quick volley.
Three goals within half an hour of the match! But the flood did not stop there. Sumit and Changte scored two goals for both teams in the 34th and 36th minutes. Clayton extended the pass to Sumit. Goalkeeper Nawaz mistakenly put the pass cross into the goal. East Bengal’s Kamalpreet also made a mistake two minutes later. Changte took a shot from outside the box. Mumbai conceded the second goal of the match at the expense of poor goalkeeping.
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They made it 3-3 just before the break. Mumbai’s third goal came from Bipin’s cross.
After the break, Stephen Constantine took down Eleanor. However, East Bengal had to wait for the winning goal until the 81st minute when Clayton Silver started the attack. Clayton Silva-Amarjit Singh Kiam’s brace ensured a 4-3 result for East Bengal.