ISL 2020-21 SC East Bengal vs NorthEast United FC HIGHLIGHTS: NorthEast United FC beat SC East Bengal 2-1 on Tuesday in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21 Match No.104 at the Fatorda Stadium. With the win, NorthEast United FC go back in the fourth place and just a point in their last game against Kerala Blasters will ensure them the playoffs spot. Sarthak Golui heads in Surchandra Singh's free kick to pull one back for SCEB. Raju Gaikwad gets a second yellow card for bringing down Deshorn Brown, leaving SCEB to 10 men. Sarthak Golui swings in Nim's cross straight into his own goal to double NorthEast United's lead. Suhair VP scored off a beautiful Imran Khan through ball to give NorthEast United the lead. NorthEast United FC have had three shots on target in the first 45 minutes but SC East Bengal have done well to contain them so far. SC East Bengal have made wholesale changes to their starting line-up while NorthEast United FC have only business on their mind.
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East Bengal and NorthEast United last played on December 5, where the Highlanders emerged victorious 2-0. It was an unfortunate own goal and another from Rochharzela that gave NorthEast United the win. Surchandra had scored an own goal in the 33rd minute of the game while Rochharzela scored NorthEast United's second in stoppage time. East Bengal had a lot of shots that game but only two on target. NorthEast United also had just three shots on target but scored off two of them.
SC East Bengal assistant coach Tony Grant believes this could be a real test for his side when they take on the Highlanders on Tuesday. "To play for this club, you have to be able to roll your sleeves up. It's a great test for our boys to show us their quality," he said. SCEB will clash against a side eyeing their place in the playoffs and the encounter will be an enticing one considering NorthEast's form in the league so far. "I think they are great. I think they started the season really well and looking at their recruitment, they have got a good blend of youth (and experience) in their team. They are in the top four and they deserve to be up there. It's going to be a big test for our lads. And that's the best time you will get to see what your players are made of," stated Grant.
The Highlanders need to win their next two games in order to progress to the playoffs but assistant coach Alison Kharsyntiew stressed that his side was focused only on the SCEB match. "We concentrate on our game tomorrow and then will think about the last game against KBFC. Tomorrow is a very important game for us," he said. "We have to play very well. We have to defend well, we have to attack well, we have to create chances and then utilise them and give our 100 percent. This is a game we cannot take easy. We have to show character and give our best throughout 90 minutes and hopefully, we will get three points tomorrow," he added.