Round four of I-League’s is about to start in few hours from now and we here at TheHardTackle will be providing you with live coverage of the action as it taken place on the ground. East Bengal will take on Dempo SC in the clash of the weekend. Will the defending champions be able to avenge the Fed Cup loss or will the Bengal giants emerge victorious again? We will find out in a little less than four hours.
Meanwhile, click here to read our in-depth preview of the fourth round.
3rd November, Salt-Lake Stadium, Kolkata
Time: 14:30 IST
Good afternoon folks, and welcome to the live updates of round 4 of the I-league.
The starting eleven players for both the teams are-:
KEB : Gurpreet, Naoba, Okpara, Arnab, Soumik, Penn, Mehtab, Khabra, Isfaq, Chidi, Manandeep.
DEM : Subhasish, Debabrata, Mahesh, Antao, Rebello, Anthony, Clifford, Climax, Carvalho, Seuoka, Koko.
3′:First corner of the match for East Bengal but it is cleared by Gawli.
5′: Mehtab is on fire early in the match but his cross from the left flank is cleared.
6′: Dempo finaly showing some positive intent inside the East Bengal’s box.
8′: Gurpreet saves the day for East Bengal.
10′: Now Okpara with the save, the home sied are living dangerously.
11′: End to End football on display here. Chidi’s powerful shot is saved valiantly by Subhasish.
12′: Subhasish again comes to the rescue of Dempo as Manandeep came really close to snatch the lead for the hosts.
14′: Climax tries from distance… But his shot goes over the cross bar.
17′: Manandeep was looking dangerous there with the ball in his feet but some alert goalkeeping from Subhasish helps Dempo to maintain a clean sheet.
20′: Miranda with the cross but good interception by EB’s keeper Gurpreet, as he collects the cross safely.
25′: East Bengal have have gone up a notch and are causing some considerable problem for Dempo’s back line.
26′: Climax’s attack is foiled by Naaoba.
26′: Yellow card for Mehtab. He fouls Mahesh Gawli and gets booked.
30′: Gawli fouled Penn inside the box resulting in the referee pointing to the spot. Meanwhile, Subhasish gets booked for excessive complaining . High end drama here at the Salt Lake Stadium.
31′: Chidi steps up to take the penalty
31′: Chidi scores!!!!! East Bengal 1-0 Dempo.
32′: The crowd has gone wild. Home team takes the lead just past the half an hour mark.
34′: Koko and Sueoka are attacking for the defending champions. East Bengal needs to show a lot of composure at the back if the want to go into the half time with this crucial one goal lead.
40′: Manandeep tries an acrobatic bicycle kick but fails to trouble Dempo’s keeper.
43′: Naoba with a sublime chance to double EB’s lead but his shot is blocked by Debabrata.
45′: Two minutes worth of extra time added by the fourth official.
45+1′: East Bengal dominating the proceedings.
HT: Referee blows the whistle for Half Time. It’s East Bengal 1-0 Dempo SC. It is reported that there are more than 60,000 people present in the stadium today. Brilliant news for Indian football. East Bengal has had five shots on target while Dempo has failed to land even one shot on target.
46′: Okpara clears the ball as Dempo goes on the offensive straight away into second half.
48′: Yellow card for Antao. Free Kick for East Bengal.
49′: Subhasish cleanly collects the ball. It’s still 1-0 to East Bengal.
51′:Penn with a shot from close range, but it is off target.
55′: Appeals for a penalty from Dempo SC as Seuoka was fouled inside the box but instead the referee books Seuoka for play acting. Dempo players are livid.
57′: Now Manandeep Singh gets his name taken in the referee’s book.
60′: Dempo are desperately looking for the equalizer.
63′: SUB forDempo. Rowilson Rodrigues comes on for Mahesh Gawli.
65′: Penn Orji’s shot is collected by Subhasish.
69′: SUB for Dempo. Abranchescomes on for Miranda. Dempo is replacing old gaurd with the young legs.
74′: SUB for Dempo. Rohon Rickkets in Koko Sakibu out.
75′: Naoba’s shot goes off target.
75′: SUB for East Bengal. Robin Singh replaces Manandeep.
77′: Mehtab takes free kick for East Bengal. Subhasish grasps the shot before Robin could go for a header.
78′: Penn passes the ball into the box but Robin couldn’t reach the final ball.
82′: GOALLLL!!!!!!!!!! Dempo equalize via Peter Carvalho’s header.
82′: East Bengal 1-1 Dempo SC
86′: Dempo are moving in for the kill now. It would be such a heart break for the home side if they are to let in another goal at this stage of the match.
90′: It’s still one goal each at the Salt Lake Stadium.
FT: Referee blows the final whistle, both the team share one point each. It’s East Bengal 1-1 Dempo SC. Subhasish is THT’s MOTM.
Mumbai FC vs Salgaocar FC
3rd November, Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune
1: Kick off.
5′: Mumbai FC 0-0 Salgaocar SC
9′: Francis Fernandes scores!!!! It’s Mumbai 0-1 Salgaocar.
20′: Mumbai FC 0-1 Salgaocar SC
35′: Mumbai FC 0-1 Salgaocar SC
HT: Salgaocar leads by one goal to nil at half time. Mumbai FC 0-1 Salgaocar SC.
46′: Second half begins.
60′: Mumbai have been on the back foot for the majority of the hour.
75′: Mumbai FC 0-1 Salgaocar SC.
80′: Can Mumbai snatch a late equalizer much like the first match of the day where Dempo scored just eight minutes from time.
85′: Milagres Gonsalves gets his name taken by the referee.
90′: We’re into the last minute of the stipulated time.
90+3′: Match is into the third minute of injury time now.
90+5′: Still Mumbai is unable to snatch the equalizer.
FT: The match ends. It’s Mumbai FC 0-1 Salgaocar SC.