Hello and welcome to Sportstar‘s live coverage of the I-League 2019-20 match between TRAU and East Bengal.
This is Santadeep Dey bringing you all the action as it unfurls at the Khuman Lampak Main Stadium in Imphal.
|HALF-TIME: East Bengal hasn’t been the same side it had been before the turn of the year. It has been a see-saw battle but despite the big names in the starting XI of the Kolkata giant, it has been TRAU which has looked a little better as a unit. TRAU has had nine shots at goal, thus far, compared to the visitor’s five.|
45′ Patrick Uche has come in for the injured Netrajit Singh. Added time: Two Minutes.
44′ Netrajit is down again and this time he has been carried away on a stretcher.
42′ Failed attempt at the corner-kick again, TRAU’s third today, as Sunday gets himself some elevation but fails to get his head to the ball at the far end of the post.
42′ Wahengbam Luwang takes the freekick and it hits the wall to go out for a corner.
41′ Joel Sunday appeals for a handball and a freekick has been awarded to TRAU from a very interesting position; Asheer Akhtar was the guilty party in this case.
39′ YELLOW CARD: A very harsh challenge on Netrajit Singh by Kassim Aidara. Aidara, now booked, will miss the side’s next game.
38′ A through ball to Joel Sunday… Offside!
35′ A nice buildup down the right channel from East Bengal by Ansumana Kromah. He sends it down to Brandon who sends in a flighted cross into the danger zone. An alert Shayan, however, lunges forward in time to collect the ball.
34′ TRAU’s holding midfielder alongside Luwang, Netrajit Singh steals the ball from Colado. However, East Bengal has averted the danger effectively.
33′ A nice dummy there from Colado to let the ball roll down to Juan Mera, further down the right. However, Mera misfires.
30′ Netrajit Singh, who got the start ahead of Uche today, tries to slot in an acrobatic volley from the right. However, he loses control of the shot mid-flight.
26′ TRAU’s Shahabaaz Khan’s cross takes a deflection off Samad Ali Mallick. An opportunity to extend the lead has been denied.
24′ An early substitution for East Bengal. Didika’s injury has forced the management to call in Brandon Vanlalremdika.
18′ Emekaaaaaa strikes! TRAU draws first blood. A long ball from Dinesh Singh finds skipper Emeka lurking in the box. The striker leaps up to nod it home. Poor goalkeeping from Ralte.
18′ Asheer Akhtar clears Wahengbam Luwang’s weak left-footed shot.
16′ 56% possession for TRAU, which has got off to a confident start. It had solid opportunities to net the ball in on two occasions as well.
15′ Didika’s shot on target has been fisted away to safety by Shayan.
14′ East Bengal heaves a sigh of relief after Emeka loses control of the ball inside the box.
10′ Another corner kick for East Bengal; Didika to send the ball in this time. A fierce shot from Jaime Colado from outside the box sees Shayan Roy put up a diving effort. It will be yet another corner.
9′ Princewill Emeka outwits the East Bengal defenders and sends the ball forward to an onrushing Moirangthem Meitei, but the former had misjudged the power on the shot. It goes out of play.
6′ A telling touch from Nigerian striker Joel Sunday has been parried away by the EB keeper Lalthuammawia Ralte.
5′ Juan Mera Gonzalez, East Bengal’s mainman this season, to take the first corner for the visitor. TRAU’s Moirangthem Meitei wins the ball and passes it on to Joel Sunday. Half a chance there for the host.
3′ Lalrindika Ralte, who specialises in setpieces, all set to take the freekick for East Bengal. Unfortunately for the Red and Golds, the ball swings wide!
1′ KICK-OFF! And we are already underway, ladies and gentlemen… Will TRAU take its revenge today?
East Bengal XI: Lalthuammawia Ralte, Asheer Akhtar, Jaime Colado, Abhash Thapa, Kassim Aidara, Marcos Espada, Lalrindika Ralte, Ansumana Kromah, Juan Mera, Samad Ali Mallick, Mehtab Singh.
TRAU XI: Shahabaaz Khan, Wahengbam Luwang, Princewill Emeka, Dinesh Singh, Netrajit Singh, Deepak Devrani, Moirangthem Meitei, Gerard Williams, Joseph Olaleye, Shayan Roy, Joel Sunday.
Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) FC will be playing host to struggling Kolkata giant East Bengal in the I-League today, looking to avenge its defeat in the away leg.
The solitary league meeting between the two sides ended in heartbreak for TRAU in Kalyani, with Marti Crespi scoring a late winner to deny the visitor its first league point.
East Bengal was top of the table back then while the league debutant was rock bottom but the tables have now turned and drastically so.
TRAU went on to forge a seven-game unbeaten run, which saw it rise to third in the table but has lost some steam following its capitulation at the hands of city rival Neroca, losing 0-5 in the return leg of the Imphal derby.
The host went on to lose 0-2 against Aizawl and played out a goalless draw against Chennai City.
However, the point they earned against the defending champion could be attributed to the sheer goalkeeping brilliance of Shayan Roy, who stepped in for Mithun Samanta and produced a few world-class saves in a game that could have otherwise seen at least three or four goals.
Speaking ahead of the game, Princewill Emeka, TRAU FC captain, said, “We need to get back to winning ways and we want to do that in front of our home crowd. Against East Bengal, it’s always going to be challenging no matter what position they are in on the table. We are wary of the challenge and we are ready.
“We did create a few chances against Chennai and they had chances of their own. It was an even game and we will be taking the positives forward and build on it in our next game,” he concluded.
East Bengal, on the other hand, went from being table topper to dropping to the relegation zone after losing five games since the turn of the year, but a win in its last match against Indian Arrows must have eased some pressure.
With a win over TRAU, the Red and Golds could rise to the fourth spot in the table.
East Bengal gaffer Mario Rivera Campesino reflected on the three points his side earned against the Arrows.
“A win always serves as a boost in confidence and motivation, so the three points against the Indian Arrows were very important.”
Where to watch?
Fans can catch all the action live on D-Sport. The game will also be streamed live on Tata Sky for subscribers, JioTV and FanCode.