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SC East Bengal beat FC Goa – ISL Season 8: Naorem Singh’s first half brace gives East Bengal their first win of the campaign as they beat FC Goa

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SC East Bengal beat FC Goa – ISL Season 8: SCEB have got their first win of the campaign as they managed to beat FC Goa. It wasn’t a convincing display by any means but the grit and determination shown by their defenders and especially by their defensive midfielder, Sourav Das was commendable. After being 2-1 ahead at the interval, SCEB had almost no attacking threat in the second half and were put under constant pressure by FCG. Follow InsideSport.IN for the latest news.

SC East Bengal beat FC Goa – ISL Season 8: Naorem Singh’s first half brace gives East Bengal their first win of the campaign as they beat FC Goa

SC East Bengal beat FC Goa – ISL Season 8: FCG, on the other hand, were poor in the final third and they will be very disappointed with the fact that they could not score after having so much of the ball. Jorge Ortiz had a frustrating night and Edu Bedia, the skipper was poor as he was the culprit for the first goal his team conceded and then his delivery into the box lacked real quality. So, Naorem Singh’s double strike in the first half proves to be the difference and SCEB finally move up the foot of the table.

ISL Season 8 – FC Goa vs SC East Bengal: Naorem Singh opened the scoring in the 9th minute as the FCG captain Edu Bedia had a lapse in concentration. After that FCG started creating more and more chances but didn’t threaten the SCEB keeper at all. FCG were getting more and more frustrated by the minute but finally, in the 37th minute, a lovely finish by Noguera made it 1-1 and FCG had the upper hand. Yet another mistake from the FCG defense, this time from Anwar Ali in the 42nd minute presented another opportunity for Naorem Singh and he dis double his tally for the night putting SCEB back in the lead.

SCEB (Starting XI)
Arindam Bhattacharja (GK), Adil Khan, Franjo Prce, Ankit Mukherjee, Amarjit Kiyam, Darren Sidoel, Sourav Das, Wahengbam Luwang, Mohammad Rafique (C), Naorem Singh, Thongkhosiem Haokip.
FCG (Starting XI)
Dheeraj Moirangthem (GK), Leander D’Cunha, Anwar Ali, Aiban Dohling, Jesuraj, Glan Martins, Edu Bedia, Makan Chothe, Alberto Noguera, Jorge Ortiz, Airan Cabrera (C).

SC East Bengal beat FC Goa – ISL Season 8: Naorem Singh’s first half brace gives East Bengal their first win of the campaign as they beat FC Goa

FC Goa vs SC East Bengal – FC Goa hasn’t really burst to life under Derrick Pereira but the veteran coach has managed to remain unbeaten in the last three outings, playing out a 1-1 draw against NorthEast United FC in their last game. Jorge Ortiz has looked extremely sharp for the Gaurs even though they had the likes of Edu Bedia and Ivan Gonzalez missing against NorthEast United. A win on Wednesday will see Goa move up from the bottom half of the table and close the gap on the top four teams, and against SC East Bengal they will fancy their chances.

“When I came in, I did not want to change too much. We kept the same formation, the 3-4-3 system but just adjusted the structure and the boys have responded well. There is always scope for improvement and we will look to do well in the coming days,” said Pereira on the eve of the game.

SC East Bengal beat FC Goa – ISL Season 8: Naorem Singh’s first half brace gives East Bengal their first win of the campaign as they beat FC Goa

Speaking on the opponents, Pereira added, “Defensively, in the last three matches they have fought well. Instead of focusing more on them, we will look at the details where we get the better of them and break their defence and at the same time see that we keep a good balance to counter their attacks. It is just another game, we have to go with a plan and get the best result.”

SC East Bengal beat FC Goa – ISL Season 8: SC East Bengal showed defensive solidity under interim coach Renedy Singh and held the fort until the very end against Jamshedpur FC before conceding in the dying minutes of the second half. But the red and golds have had no attacking teeth whatsoever with striker Daniel Chima Chukwu also jumping ship to Jamshedpur. They have roped in Brazilian striker Marcelo Ribeiro dos Santos but he won’t be available for selection against FC Goa. In their 11 league games, SC East Bengal has failed to score in five games.

SC East Bengal beat FC Goa – ISL Season 8: Naorem Singh’s first half brace gives East Bengal their first win of the campaign as they beat FC Goa

ISL Season 8: It has been a tough season for us, says SC East Bengal’s new head coach Mario Rivera

SC East Bengal has new coach Mario Rivera back at the helm though and the Spaniard will have his task cut out with the team rooted to the foot of the table having just six points from 11 engagements. Rivera guided East Bengal to a second-place finish in the I-League two seasons back.

“It is going to be my first challenge in the ISL and my first job is to change the mood of the team when it is not going through a good time. The table does not reflect the quality of the side. Now, we have to get the best performances out of the player and hopeful of changing our position on the table,” Rivera said, in his first pre-match interaction.

SC East Bengal beat FC Goa – ISL Season 8:The last time the two sides met this season, FC Goa edged past their rivals 4-3 in a high-octane encounter.

SC East Bengal beat FC Goa – ISL Season 8: Naorem Singh’s first half brace gives East Bengal their first win of the campaign as they beat FC Goa

ISL Season 8: FC Goa look to return to winning ways, SC East Bengal rejuvenated with Mario Rivera's arrival
ISL Season 8: FC Goa look to return to winning ways, SC East Bengal rejuvenated with Mario Rivera’s arrival

SC East Bengal beat FC Goa – ISL Season 8: Naorem Singh’s first half brace gives East Bengal their first win of the campaign as they beat FC Goa

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