East Bengal leapfrogged Bengaluru FC to take the second spot on the I-League table, but their performance over Salgaocar on Sunday at the Barasat stadium left a lot to be desired, in spite of the result being 2-1 in their favour.
The I-League is a one-two affair between the two Kolkata clubs now, as East Bengal have moved to within one point of arch rivals Mohun Bagan, after a narrow 2-1 win over Salgaocar at the Barasat Stadium on Sunday.
East Bengal hopped over to the top position in the league with a first half hattrick by Ranti Martins, as Shillong Lajong faded away into a foggy night at the Barasat Stadium, near Kolkata, on Tuesday.
East Bengal FC increased their unbeaten run in the I-League to four games now, after defeating DSK Shivajians FC in a close match at the Barasat Stadium, on Tuesday.
While both the sides had to settle for a nail-biting draw at the end of the Kolkata Derby, Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen believes that some of the tackles that the East Bengal players made, merited red cards.
East Bengal might have been unable to get a win over arch-rivals Mohun Bagan in the first Kolkata Derby of 2016, but coach Biswajit Bhattacharya believes that his team did well to create more chances than a full-strength Mohun Bagan side.
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