3 key stats: NEROCA FC 1-4 Quess East Bengal FC
Last Updated 12:40 AM 11th December 2019 .
East Bengal snatched their first win of the 2019-20 I-League campaign in an emphatic style as they thrashed NEROCA FC at their home by four goals to one with a penalty brace from Jaime Santos Colado, a postage stamp free kick by Juan Mera and a headed finish by Marcos Espada.
Let us see 3 interesting key stats from the game:
Half Century of Away wins
Since the rebranding of the National League to I-League in 2006, this was the 50th away win for the Red and Gold brigade in 132 away matches.
Overall this was their 121st win in 263 matches since I-League began in 2006-07.
Unbeaten Run and NEROCA FC
East Bengal have continued their unbeaten run in the I-League to 12 matches now, with last defeat coming against Chennai City FC on 14th January, 2019.
Also, against NEROCA FC, East Bengal maintained their undefeated tag. This win meant they have now won 3 and drawn 2 of the 5 meetings between the two sides.
Goal from Direct Free kick in almost a year
Juan Mera’s goal from the direct free kick was the first for Quess East Bengal FC in almost a year in the I-League since Lalrindika Ralte’s free kick went directly in against Churchill Brothers at Tilak Maidan on 20th December, 2018.
Jaime Santos Colado did score a few direct free kick goals in the Durand Cup and Calcutta League but in the I-League, it took almost an year for the Red and Gold brigade.