Kolkata giants East Bengal Club scored a massive 1-0 win at I-League leaders Minerva Punjab FC to keep their title chances alive at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on Tuesday afternoon.
Minerva Punjab FC stay top with 29 points from 14 matches with NEROCA FC second with 28 points from 15 matches while East Bengal are third with 26 points from 14 matches to open up the title race.
The red and gold were the better of the two sides knowing that only a win would keep them in the title race and they had the better chances in the match, but they only scored the winner on the hour mark through a brilliant long-ranger from midfielder Cavin Lobo.
That was enough for East Bengal to win the game, take home the three points and keep the title race alive.
Minerva Punjab FC 0-1 East Bengal Club
Goals: 0-1 Cavin Lobo (60′)
Minerva Punjab FC: Rakshit Dagar (60′ Kiran Kumar Limbu) – Sukhdev Singh, Kamalpreet Singh, Eric Dano ,Amandeep Singh, Bazie Armand (57′ Abhishek Ambekar) Kassim Aidara, William Opoku, Souvik Das (89′ Girish Mahesh Khosla), Bali Gagandeep, Chencho Gyeltshen
East Bengal Club: K.C. Ubaid – Lalramchullova, Arnab Kumar Mondal, Eduardo Fereirra, Salam Ranjan Singh – Cavin Lobo (76′ Mohammed Rafique), Yami Longwah (35′ Ansumana Kromah) Mahmoud Al Amna, Katsumi Yusa, Laldanmawia Ralte – MacPherlin Dudu Omagbemi
Referee: Ajit Meitei
Hero of the Match: Mahmoud Al Amna (East Bengal)