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Defensive collapse! East Bengal winners, losers and ratings against Odisha

20:30 GMT+4 18/11/2022
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A second-half defensive collapse led to East Bengal succumbing to another disappointing defeat at home

Error-prone East Bengal let slip a two-goal advantage as Odisha completed a stunning second-half comeback to win 4-2 at the Salt Lake Stadium on Friday.

The dramatic and equally frustrating loss keeps Stephen Constantine's side eighth in the Indian Super League table with a mere tally of six points from seven games, while Odisha move up to third with yet another comeback win.

It was surprisingly a one-sided affair in the first-half with East Bengal dominating the proceedings in a high-voltage encounter, with the crowd on their side. 

Goals from Thongkhosiem Haokip and Naorem Singhhad put the home side on course to secure confidence-boosting back-to-back wins, with Suhair VP putting on the plate on both occasions and bagging two assists.

But visitors' fightback began when substitute Pedro Martin made instant impact with a quick-fire double inside a minute to level things up at 2-2 early after break.

The away side then scored the third as another substitute Jerry Mawihmingthanga coolly heads home at backpost before tricky Nandhakumar fired in the fourth to silence the home support and put the game to bed.

  • The Winners

    Suhair Vadakkepeedika

    Suhair was all over the right flank and put in a lot of hard work to help his side win the key battles in the first-half. He tracked back to neutralize Odisha attack through the left and was electric during counter-attacks too.

    The 30-year-old was a livewire, and won back the ball high up the pitch to force turnovers. He delivered a great outside-of the foot cross for Haokip's early chance before putting the ball on a platter for both Mahesh and Haokip to bury home from close-range.

  • The Losers

    The defence

    There were some early signs that this shaky backline wasn't doing their job. They looked unconvincing in possession, especially Lalchungnunga and Pritam Kumar, who were not able to play out from the back and were at fault for at least three of the four goals conceded. They failed to clear their lines, causing unnecessary chaos that ultimately led to goals conceded and three points being snatched away from the hosts hands.

    Stephen Constantine

    The biggest loser to come out after this result was Constantine, who had gotten his tactics spot on in the first-half. With the team riding high in confidence, the hosts' showed some excellent free-flowing stuff going forward.

    The signs of improvement are visible in their more proactive style of play but seeing out games remains the problem for this team.

    That all was anonymous in the second half as took their foot off the throttle, which cost them dearly. Basic errors to lose the two-goal cushion and the heads started to drop, leading to a complete collapse.

  • Ratings: Defence

    East Bengal defence: 4/10

    The defence was in absolute shambles after the break. Barring Ivan Gonzalez none of the defenders were comfortable at playing out from the back, and made glaring mistakes time and time again. The center-back pairing looked very shaky and gave away a lot of space to opposition attackers in the channel.

  • Midfield

    East Bengal midfield: 7/10

    Unlike the last game, the midfield did their job well in this game. Kyriakou and Doherty were very effective in East Bengal’s double-pivot. They put in tacky, crunchy challenges to set the tempo and kept the ball.

    The latter even played some delightful switches and balls over top and charged forwards at every opportunity with Kyriakou acting as cover. They were winning second balls, recovered the ball and pressed with intensity.

    Doherty was pulling the strings, contributing with a defense splitting pass for the opener, while Kyriakou's tackle was crucial in the build-up leading to the second. The duo, though, faded very much in the second period.

  • Haokip brings the lead for East Bengal


    East Bengal attack: 7/10

    The attack was brilliant in the first-half with some excellent well-worked free-flowing moves resulting in goals, but couldn't string together a few passes to launch the offensive in the second half. Naorem Mahesh was technically-brilliant, showcasing his skills, twisting and turning his marker with some potent clever and intelligent movement to run in behind the defences.