SC East Bengal manage to stop Nerijus Valskis; lodge first ISL point

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Goa: SC East Bengal ultimately earned their first point in the Indian Super League after they drew 0-0 against Jamshedpur FC on Thursday at GMC Stadium in Bambolim. The match also saw two red cards — one each for both sides.  

The Red and Golds were on backfoot early in the match after Eugeneson Lyngdoh was sent off in the 25th minute. It was Jamshedpur’s game after that as they freely roamed around in opposition box with numerous attacks. Nerijus Valskis missed a half-chance in the first half and defender Stephen Eze missed a header in the last minute of the first half.

Jeje Lalpekhlua looked out of shape as he lost his way out and needs more time to settle in. Anthony Pilkington, Jason Maghoma and Matti Steinmann were the picks of the bunch for the Red and Gold side. They tried but failed to register a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Jamshedpur looked a bit overconfident after East Bengal was down to 10-men and the team lacked proper attacking spree as they did in the last match. Things went much worse for Jamshedpur after Laldinliana Renthlei got a second yellow in the 91st minute. 

East Bengal coach Robbie Fowler will be happy to get a point from the match. But they are still hunting for that one goal for them they are lacking badly upfront with no proper striker in the side. But the team needed this oxygen as they have managed to stop Valskis to score. One happy point for them to start their proceedings.

Owen Coyle will be very disappointed for missing out on the chances they have created against a 10-men East Bengal. The team lacked the solidity and will be a problem if it happens regularly. They looked overconfident and missed the cutting age and the character they have shown in the last match against ATK Mohun Bagan.

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