ISL 2020-21 Bengaluru FC vs SC East Bengal HIGHLIGHTS: Bengaluru FC lose 1-0 against SC East Bengal as Naushad Moosa failed to register a win in his first match as interim manager in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 Match No.52 at the Fatorda Stadium on Saturday. Bright goes on his brilliant run once again but just a slight touch from Gurpreet takes the ball away from him. Sunil Chhetri with a fizzy shot at goal but Debjit makes an excellent save to deny him in the 48th minute. Bengaluru FC pushed hard towards the end of the first half but were unable to bulge the net. SC East Bengal are dominating the game with excellent movement between the lines and on the wings with Narayan Das and Ankit Mukherjee. Matt Steinmann gives SCEB a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute with a beautiful finish. SC East Bengal start on an attacking note. Ajith Kumar gets his first start of the season for Bengaluru FC while Parag Srivas gets his first ISL appearance. Bengaluru FC and Cuadrat mutually parted ways after the team's 3-1 loss against Sergio Lobera's Mumbai City FC and will aim to get their season back on track. SC East Bengal, on the other hand, are coming into the match after a morale-boosting 1-1 draw vs FC Goa where they held the top 4 team despite being a man down. Follow all the live updates of Bengaluru FC vs SC East Bengal in News18 Sports' blog. Yesterday, Hyderabad FC jumped to the third spot in the points table with an entertaining 4-2 win over NorthEast United FC.
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Bengaluru FC are currently sixth in the points table with 12 points from nine games. If they win today, they can go level on points with FC Goa and Hyderabad FC and jump back into top 4 depending on their goal difference. East Bengal are currently in the ninth place with seven points in nine matches and will be looking to match Chennaiyin FC's points tally.
The interim coach exuded confidence ahead of their clash with SCEB. "We have an important game tomorrow. The players know it. In these seven years, this has happened for the first time. We have lost three games in a row. It is not easy for them to digest. They want to bounce back. We have to leave behind everything and focus on the next game," Moosa said.
Interestingly, East Bengal boss Robbie Fowler is suspended for the game after receiving his second caution of the season in the previous game. However, Danny Fox's red card from the previous game was overturned by the AIFF and he will be available for the game. Bright Enobakhare, the scorer of the wonder goal against FC Goa, said, "It's a great time for me. The players and the staff are amazing. We just have to focus on the next game and try to get as many points as we can by the end of the season. I think everything will come into place. It's going on and we'll see how it goes till the end of the season."